Bibliography: The MotorCycle Book for Boys 1928
Periodically, I like to share my favorite books with OcchioLungo readers, via the bibliography articles. There is now a dedicated page on the site with all the biblio articles in one location. Click the page title near the top right corner of each page. There is also a new Table of Contents page.
Here’s another book to add to your bookshelf: The MotorCycle Book for Boys. This one was written and published by the team at The Motor Cycle magazine in 1928, ostensibly for boys to learn about bikes. But the information is more than just an educational tome, and is good for adults too. It is filled with 195 pages of great stuff for the modern vintagent. There are articles about TT racing on the Isle of Man, how motors work, history of bikes (circa 1928!), camping with a motorcycle, how a magneto works, motorcycle football, how to read a road map, Brooklands circuit banking vs that at Monza, etc. While much of the content was cribbed from the magazine, quite a bit was written specifically for the boy audience. And reading it shows the modern reader that our recent education may have missed some things that were common knowledge 83 years ago. The basics of motor operation are described, but they assume that the reader is already familiar with many things concerning mechanics, the outdoors, roads and self sufficiency. It is all very exciting to me, as my father taught me a bit of mechanical know-how as a boy. Regardless of what your father showed you, this book could very well teach you quite a bit of good stuff about old and new motorbikes, and life in England in 1928. I learned a lot reading this book, and enjoyed every page.
The book is for sale in a few shops on this link, but at a dear cost of $131-$165. It pops up on eBay very rarely, but you may find a tattered version like mine for $100 less than the shops’ prices. If you don’t mind the pages falling out of the book, bargains can be found. Here is a link to a reprint in paperback at $40. I haven’t found any publisher yet that is reprinting a hardback version, but I’ll ask a few if they are interested.