The 1960s was a unique era in the history of motorcycle Grand Prix racing, and arguably marked the last period of 'traditional' road racing. The decade saw the rise of the Japanese factories that would eventually dominate the sport, and the burgeoning two-stroke technology that would go on to replace the traditional four stroke machines. It was undoubtedly one of the most glorious and exciting decades as far as technological diversity was concerned, with machines that displayed a remarkable variety of technical complexity - at least fifty different makes of machine from over half a dozen countries were involved in the events. This book covers these years in full - the bikes, the riders, and the races - offering a beautifully illustrated and engrossing account of a remarkable era in Grand Prix racing.
Chris Pereira became interested in motorcycle racing while still a schoolboy. He emigrated to England in 1955, and went to work for racing dealer Arthur Taylor of Shipston-on-Stour. Chris attended many race meetings and TT Races during the '50s and '60s, often helping out riders. He raced in club events during the 1960s, on vintage bikes during the 1970s, and on classic bikes from 1981 to 2000. He also rode in the Classic Manx Grand Prix in 1984. Chris has written articles on racing history in classic magazines, and has published a book on historic racing motorcycles. He still rides in race parades and historic events.