TWO-WHEELED THUNDER by William Campbell Gault


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In expected fashion, this writer takes a turn on the mundane old motorcycle and makes it seem as exciting as the newest sputnik. According to Tom and his ""blood brother"", friend Jerry, the trend toward smaller cars is logically veering toward two-wheeled machines -- and what better proving ground for the motorcycle than the wide open spaces of the Midwest where the boys live. After earning some money, both boys get their ""bikes"" and start entering competitions. Jerry has always been a sore loser and soon his friendship with Tom is threatened by poor sportsmanship. The boys part company, each developing his skills in a series of races. In the end Jerry's good sense prevails as he comes in second to Tom and congratulates him with a big smile. Tom is the central character of the story and all of Jerry's reactions are seen secondhand from his viewpoint. Since the spirit of competition is a factor here, it might have been more valuable to place Jerry in the starring role. The plot in general is routine. The major emphasis is on motorcycle racing and how the balance of luck and skill is achieved as the novice proceeds to master the sport.

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 1961
Publisher: Dutton