Book review: 100 years of Motorcycles
100 years of Motorcycles, £14.99
What’s good? 100 years of motorcycling documented in just 300 photos is a
tough task. It’s a task made even tougher when you’ve got the many thousands
of images in the Associated Press archive to sort through.
Books like this only succeed if you’ve got the right mix of historical, quirky and funny images and for the first half of the book it’s bang on.
The early years are packed with highlights such as Teddy Brown the 23-stone xylophone player onboard his Coventry Eagle, second world war despatch riders with a fag and a brew and the production lines at Meriden Triumph workers co-operative.
What’s not? As soon as the book gets to the 1990s (on page 150 of 300) the
photographs rely heavily on celebrities to hold your attention and there’s
only so many photos of Anthea Turner you can stomach.