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31st March 2020
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Racing Classic Motorcycles – First you have to finish


The story of a classic motorcycle racer who was fortunate enough to be able to ride many of the best classic machines between 1976 & 2016, at the highest level, and on many of the most famous road racing courses in the world. There are tales of success, friendships, and the loss of racing pals. Machine preparation and mechanical failures feature heavily, and the story recounts the author's frustrations and joys. Andy Reynolds maintained and built many of the bikes he raced, and ultimately retired from riding to become both a machine scrutineer and a sponsor. All aspects of motorcycle racing are covered in the author's easy-to-read and entertaining narrative. Altogether a fascinating adventure story for any motorcycle enthusiast. Come into the world of Classic Racing Motorcycles – but bring your cheque book and medical insurance!

Racing Classic Motorcycles by Andy Reynolds

ISBN: 9781787114814
UPC: 6-36847-01481-0


£15.99(UK), $25.00(US), $32.00(CAN)

• A personal account of a life racing classic motorcycles
• The thrills of racing on some of the best classic motorcycles in the world
• Follow the author’s journey from sixties rocker to racing sponsor
• An in-depth account of the well-known characters on the scene
• Includes all aspects of racing, both human and mechanical
• Features many famous circuits across Europe and the UK
• An honest look at the financial sacrifices necessary to compete at this level
• Demonstrates the dedication of the author to race preparation, and his attention to every detail
• Highlights both the successes and the dangers associated with motorcycle racing
• An easy to read autobiography that will appeal to anyone with an interest in motorcycle racing


Andy Reynolds was born in London in 1948 and attended Grammar School in Harrow. In 1964 he took up an engineering apprenticeship. Deciding to leave industry in 1976, he joined the Hertfordshire Constabulary, serving in the Traffic Department and as a Scenes of Crime Officer. He still lives in Hertfordshire.
Between 1976 and 2016 Andy also raced classic bikes, including Aermacchi, Seeley AJS and Matchless, Petty Norton, Manx Norton, BMW, Velocette, Paton, Honda K4, and Norton – JAP on real road and race-track circuits all over the UK and Europe. Andy lapped the TT course at over 100mph in practice for the 2008 Senior Classic Manx Grand Prix, and finished 3rd in the 2009 Senior Classic MGP.
Andy was best known for his machine preparation, which gave the reliability that enabled him to finish in all but five of the 39 Isle of Man races that he entered.
Place of birth: London • Hometown: Berkhamsted
• Nearest city: Berkhamsted

V5481 • Paperback • 21x14.8cm • 240 pages • 57 pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787114-81-4 • UPC: 6-36847-01481-0
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