BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE VINTAGE YEARS
WRITTEN BY TORRENS (ARTHUR BOURNE)
Rather less than more an autobiography by ‘Torrens’ (Arthur Bourne).
Arthur Bourne used the pseudonym ‘Torrens’ for readers of the best-selling weekly The Motor Cycle(1926-28). He had the good luck to be engineer to The Auto-Cycle Union (1923-26) and the – then, not yet 26, editor of a famous motorcycling journal (1928-51).
This is the story of what it was like to ride hundreds of miles round Britain on reliability trials and how he provided weekly guidance for thousands of youngsters on two wheels. He writes of Brooklands, and of the TT races on the Isle of Man; of his encouragement to young engineers like Edward Turner and Phil Vincent; and of how, in the Second World War, he enabled the airborne forces at Arnhem to be equipped with lightweight motorcycles that could be dropped by parachute or flown in by glider.
1. My good fortune
2. Then it was the done thing
3. Into the thick of the game thanks to the ACU
4. Certified tests
5. The Isle of Man road races
7. The Motor Cycle in 1926
8. The famous Arctic and Aquatic Trials
9. Thrown in at the deep end
10. The Motor Cycle from 1928 into the slump and beyond
11. Road tests that were never published
12. The money side
13. Six Days Reliability Trials
14. How the 1939 war affected The Motor Cycle
15. Motor cycles in war
16. The war was over
17. Machines I have owned
18. The boot was on my foot
The book is new, soft cover, 322 pages, English text.
ISBN : 978-1-78589-852-5