Full Chat by Noel B. Pope
Racer, record breaker, from Brooklands - Isle of Man, to Bonneville...
Riding Brough, Norton, Velocette & more!
1972 second edition, 80 page hardback,
some fading on covers, otherwise very good condition.
Motorsport review (1952) : Anyone who remembers Pope and the Brough at Brooklands will see in his or her mind’s eye the Paddock shimmering in the sunshine, hear the tang-tang from Brooklands’ expansion chambers following a “run-and-bump,” and perhaps recall the indolent luxury of wandering Byfleet-wards in the sun as the riders came past, clipping round the long banking. Noel Pope’s story is for motorcycle enthusiasts but it fills in just a bit more of the Brooklands story and for that alone will appeal to many of our car-minded readers—particularly if they decide after all to enter the Sport via two wheels, when they will devour nostalgically Pope’s opening chapter detailing how he carried his £15 racing Zenith in the dickey of a £2 shaft-drive GN. We like, too, his modest description of the effort of doing a 120-mph lap on the Brough—”You have only done three miles, but you are quite out of breath, and as hot as the back tyre—which is too hot to touch ! The Brough, smelling and making noises like a fried-fish shop, retires behind a haze of smoke. That’s how it was.” A man’s book ! And nostalgic.