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From time to time something special comes along that we think might be of interest to Indian enthusiasts. Here we review some of these books and try and negotiate a discount for club members interested in purchasing the books:

 

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Murderdrome

INDIAN MOTOCYCLES (Michael Decker Photo Collection) by Thomas Bunt
A great book, a limited edition publication. A collection of original photographs of Indian Motocycles and the people who rode, used and raced them. Price 49 Euros plus postage. This book is in German but the important information, dates, bikes etc is easily understood.

Product Details:
Hardback 200 photos
Size: 297 x 210 mm
ISBN: 978-3-00-034040-6

MURDERDROME by Thomas Bunt
A great book packed full of original photos, detailing the start of the board track and cement track racing in France & Germany in 1900 and later in the USA around 1909. A limited number of books are available. Price 69 Euros plus postage. This book is in German with some English but if you dont read German you will still enjoy the book.

Product Details:
Hardback 320 pages Colour
Size: 280 x 280 mm
ISBN: 978-3-00-041509-8

To order these books you can visit the website, where more sample pages are available to view: www.american-x.org or email order@american-x.org

Enrique Pontolillo

ENRIQUE PONTOLILLO
El Hombre del Millon de Kilomtros en Moto
The amazing Story of the Harley Davidson Dealer from Lima/Peru By Uwe N. Illgner and Egbert  F. Eschenbacher.


This is a wonderful book written by Uwe Illgner. Uwe bought this shop in South America and discovered innumerable records, papers clippings and photographs of Enrique Pontolillo who turned out to be a real Harley Davidson enthusiast. He wrote the story of this man and wanted to share all the things he had found. It a beautiful book full of amazing pictures which he wanted to share with everyone.


The cost of the book is 89 Euros plus postage. It would make a wonderful Christmas present.
Contact Uwe Illgner on lucky_illgner@web.de

You Cant Wear Out an Indian Scout

You Can't Wear Out an Indian Scout

Another offering by Allan Ford & Nick Corble. Recommended Price is £19.99.

Product Details:
Paperback 96 pages (November 2, 2009)
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1848680945

Franklin Indians

Franklin's Indians

This is a quality, hardback volume all about the man who designed the Indian Scout and Chief, and was a superb Irish racer in the pioneering era of motorcycling coming 2nd to Godfrey in the 1911 TT .


" . this lavishly illustrated book, whilst concentrating on Franklin, reveals a lot more of the company's history than other works. A fascinating read shedding light not only on sport at the turn of the last century but also the development of the internal combustion engine after the first world war.thanks to some real detective work and the publication of this important work Franklin's true impact on motorcycling in general can be seen by all.a must read for all Indian fans.a quality work well presented." Ian Kerr writing for Inter-Bike

Product Details: Hardback, (192 x 248mm or 8 x 10in approx) , 353 pages, 140 colour and b&w illustrations, Recommended Retail Price £34.00

ISBN 978-0-9564975-5-0 www.panther-publishing.com

Riding The Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riding the Wall of Death

The renowned Wall rider Allan Ford has got together with writer Nick Corbie to produce the first comprehensive history of the Wall, drawing upon Allan's detailed knowledge of this unique attraction, as well as interviews with a number of current and past riders to produce 'Riding the Wall of Death', due out this June published by Tempus Publishing.

In the book Allan and Nick tell of the men and machines behind the Wall, including the great Indian Scout, how the Wall has entered entertainment folklore and the innovations used to stand out from the crowd, ranging from the cylindrical Globe of Death to the use of cars and go-kails.

The book is packed full of photos, many of them in colour, some of which go back to before the Great War and few of which have ever been published before. This promises to be a 'must buy' for anyone with an interest in Indians, the Wall, motorbike history or just anyone who wants to relive the magic of flying around a vertical wooden wall!

Product Details:
Paperback 160 pages (June 1, 2006)
Publisher: Tempus Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 0752437917

Indian Motorcycles

INDIAN MOTORCYCLES

By Jerry Hatfield & Hans Halberstadt

An excellent book which covers all the models and much of the history of Indian Motorcycles. This is an ideal gift for the enthusiast or prospective Indian buyer.

 

Burt Monroe

 

 

 

 

ONE GOOD RUN - THE LEGEND OF BURT MONROE

by Tim Hanna

Here is the amazing story of Kiwi motorcycling legend, backyard engineering genius, and land speed record holder Burt Munro. Munro was the archetypal eccentric inventor.

He took an original Indian motorbike and modified it in his shed so it became capable of extreme speeds.

From small town New Zealand in the 1920s to heroic accomplishments in the USA, Munro was still inventing up until his death in 1978.

The life story of Burt Munro is one of triumph over limitation, achievement against all odds.

6" x 9", soft cover, 308 pages, profusely illustrated with black & white and colour photographs.

 

THE AMERICAN MOTORCYCLES

by Stephen Wright

Here is another book recommended by our Club Secretary. There are hundreds of spectacular black and white and color photographs, the majority of which have never been published before. They enable the reader to follow the evolution of the American motorcycle during its most diverse period of development, 1869-1914.

“An American in Paris – The Story of the Indian 74 Model 340”

The book tells the real and true story of the order of the batch of 5,000 motorcycles with sidecar by the French Army in October 1939. The motorcycles were designed based on the brand new Model 340, especially designed for the modelyear 1940 in order to compete with their main rival Harley-Davidson. This huge French order saved Indian Motocycle Company (IMC) and raised the company to the financial summit in its whole existence (1901 – 1953).

The very first Model 340 “CAV’s” (Continental Army Version) arrived in France in December 1939 and were immediately incorporated in the units. The deliveries went on, even after 10 May 1940, as the German Wehrmacht invaded the Lowlands and some later France. In France, the Model 340 were also in use with the Polish unit (they fled from Poland after the German invasion of September 1939) under the command of general Maczek. The Germans immediately drafted hundreds of brand new Indian’s and made extensive use of these beautiful machines in their motorized units.

This unique book counts 324 pages and is richly ïllustrated: 947 never published pictures and illustrations. The book comes in A4 format, has a hardcover and the ISBN: 90-805639-3-3.

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