Short Way Up – A classic ride through Southern Africa

Short Way Up – A classic ride through Southern Africa

When Steve Wilson planned a 6,000-mile ride through Africa, the journey sounded challenging enough – just two Brits on 1950s Ariels,

using their own resources to survive life on the wild roads. It became even more hair-raising when events meant he would have to do the ride solo.

In this moving account Steve chronicles the entire experience: bike preparation, organisation, mechanical mayhem, personal discovery and – one reason for the trip –

raising a cheque for £2,000 for a school in Zambia

Format: Hardback

RRP: £19.99…discounted here

 

ISBN: 978 1 84425 685 3

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Watts My Line?: The Life and Work of Editorial Artist, Lawrie Watts

by David Dixon

Two generations have been influenced by Lawrie Watts’ cutaway drawings of motorcycles, motorcars, aircraft, Donald Campbell’s Bluebird, Richard Noble’s Thrust, RichardBranson’s epic hot air balloons and even farm machinery.

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The youngest ever World Superbike Champion at 23, James Toseland rocketed into a league of biking legends.

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