An eat 'em up, spit 'em out race through Dick Mann's souped up life as a motorcycle kid and now a motorcycle daddy who's won...

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MOTORCYCLE ACE: The Dick Mann Story

An eat 'em up, spit 'em out race through Dick Mann's souped up life as a motorcycle kid and now a motorcycle daddy who's won all the big ones -- Daytona, Pocono, Laconia, the National Championship in both 1963 and 1971. A career on two wheels or one and sometimes none which began with young Mann delivering newspapers in hometown Richmond (California) on ""a crummy old Cushman scooter"" soon replaced by a 50-cc BSA Bantam, powering through the mud to his first competition victory (the prize an unhousebroken goose), and from there on out it was varooom to the Grand National. Mann wears his leather loose, spills artlessly, and has plenty to say about the scrambles tracks, his feud with the American Motorcycle Association (""one continuous war""), his accidents, other racers, all those bikes (he still favors the BSA though he won the Daytona 1970 on a Honda, still hates Harleys -- they're ""hogs""), and the state of the fever: ""Today there aren't many freethinkers, any pioneers, in motorcycle racing."" For bikers of all ages in the argot of a fast Mann who is still going flatout.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1972

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Regnery

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1972