If you can recall the golden era of motorcycle sport then this is undoubtedly the book for you. Featuring sixteen scramblers and one and six days trials stars, this is a must read for all who lined the circuits on muddy Sundays and were glued to their TV sets on Winter afternoons. Author Andy Westlake is regarded as one of the UK's leading classic motorcycle journalists and this book is the perfect follow-up to his two previous books "Off Road Giants" volumes one and two. In this third volume Andy has once again managed to track down and interview some of the stars of this golden era in off road sport, including the former works Greeves rider and 250cc European champion Dave Bickers, ex works BSA star John Banks, and has even journeyed to Spain to interview Les Archer, the man who lifted the European 500cc crown on his works Norton in the mid 'fifties. A superbly written book brought alive by many excellent period photographs.
After nearly forty years of riding motor bikes Andy Westlake is one of the UK's leading motorcycle magazine journalists. He contributes to leading monthly magazines such as The Classic Motorcycle, Classic Dirt Bike and Motorcycle Sport and Leisure in the UK and also classic and off road magazines in France, the USA and Australia. He attended his first motorcycle sports event as an eight year old in 1961 and it is the bikes and people of that era that he writes so passionately about. He has competed with great success in classic long distance trials and as recently as 2006 won a gold medal in the Lands End trial on his Cheney Triumph. He has also toured extensively on Guzzi twins including a coast to coast trip across the USA.
"really interesting reading ... filled with often little known anecdotes and ... plentiful photographs" - Motor Cycling Club (MCC)
"a must read for all who lined the circuits and trails on muddy Sundays and were glued to their TV sets on Saturday winter afternoons when the event was televised on BBC Grandstand. The interviews are well crafted and Westlake's own enthusiasm for the subject comes through as he recounts the riders past glories, as well as bringing their stories up to date ... well worth the asking price." - Ian Kerr
"The format is the same as the previous two - why change what works eh? A number of stars from the world of trials and scrambles are interviewed, pictures sourced and the result is a well thought through book with loads of information on the guys that used to fill the pages of our newspapers years ago." - Classic Dirt Bike
"Against the backdrop of [...] world and national events of the time, it would have been easy for achievements and remarkable individual stories of some of the UK's greatest motocross and trials riders to have been all but forgotten. Thanks to the work of veteran moto-journalist Andy Westlake ... those days are not only remembered, they are brought to life in vivid narrative and more than 100 great period racing black and white images ... Are most of [the rider's] names unfamiliar? All the more reason to give the Off-Road Giants series a look--the stories and images will make you glad you made their acquaintance." - Ultimate MotorCycling
"contains over one hundred previously unpublished, all period taken photographs that are great black and white, full of action shots. If you were ever into the motorcycle off-road, competition scene you will thoroughly enjoy this action-packed volume." - Norm Mort - Freelance
"gives an excellent flavour of competing back in the day, told by those who really were there." - Bike Rider Magazine
"Full of wonderfully evocative photos, the book is a real strip back in time to a golden era." - Old Bike Australasia