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Vintage Motorcycles (Shire Library) Paperback – November 17, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Shire Library (Book 314)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Shire (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747802777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747802778
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Clew has been involved with motorcycles since 1946 and has owned over sixty different machines. An experienced competitor, he has ridden in most types of competitive events, including ten years of road racing, after which he became Chief Travelling Marshal for the British Motor Cycle Racing Club. Still an active rider, he has a small collection of nine motorcycles, all of which he has restored. He joined J. H. Manuals and became the Haynes Publishing Group's Executive Editorial Director until his retirement in 1991. He has written fourteen books, nineteen workshop manuals and innumerable features for magazines and newspapers, as well as appearing on radio and television. In 1985 Jeff Clew was awarded the Montagu Trophy, the first time it had been awarded for a motorcycle marque history.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will Silk on October 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Vintage Motorcycles" by Jeff Clew is a fantastic little book that offers a wonderful glimpse back at motorcycling in England before the Second World War. The book is filled with pictures and detailed information on many lesser known British marques such as Levis, ABC, Cotton, and many others.

Being that the book is just over 30 pages in length, it takes little time to read, and the pictures are simply captivating.

This was my first book from the Shire Library Series, and I look forward to many more in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Holubetz on December 9, 2010
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This is a nice little book. A limited look at the vintage bikes of British lore. Not very thorough. Small black and white photos. Interesting because it covers models and riders that other books don't. Focused on the older bikes, mostly from the twenties and thirties. Beautiful cover illustration, as you can see. Small size and less than 30 pages mean it is a snippet, not a full meal. Still, I give it a good rating and say, if you're into the old bikes and riders, this is one you'll want to get to round out the collection.

On a personal note, I'd like to say that the guys who rode back then were the real deal, not lot lizard posers and idiot grip twisters like we see so much of today. Back then you got dirty and oily and you might get killed doing what we take for granted today. Hats off to the old timers.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ggolla on February 6, 2013
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I paid 11.95 for a 30 page booklet. Very disappointed. It is really more of a pamphlet than a book.
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