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Motorcycling for Women 1928: A Book for the Lady Driver, Sidecar Passenger and Pillion Rider (Anglais) Relié – 25 mars 2013

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A Gallop through the twenties 15 avril 2013
Par Mrs Elk - Publié sur
As might be guessed from the introduction, where Major HR Watling waxes lyrical about fair daughters of Eve, this is not a technical tome but a fascinating insight into the social history of transport in the twenties and the joys of motorcycling in the golden inter-War period. The sisters write of their experiences, such as running out of petrol, the perils of buying fuel from wayside cottages and tales of sidecars coming adrift whilst descending Plynlimmon Hill, the highest point in Mid-Wales. Much of the book concerns touring, with advice about camping, boating and avoiding modern arterial roads in favour of lanes and by-ways. Clothing tips for `road girls' include the choice of headgear and the advantages of the woolly hat or beret over a leather helmet in the interests of one's hair. Despite the quaint language of the period, many of the tips are still relevant today, from the advice to start motorcycling with a smaller machine to keeping one's fingernails clean by digging into a bar of soap prior to any dirty work via the unarguable statement that 'road sense is a mixture of imagination and concentration'.
As a facsimile copy it includes the original advertisements and it's interesting to note that most are specifically aimed at women. Manufacturers saw women as a target market, but for whatever reason failed to make inroads, a state of affairs that continued for many years.
Dating from the first year that women attained equal voting rights with men, this is an utterly charming book, and one that I am very pleased to find as I have been on the look-out for an original copy for more years than I care to mention!
It's been republished April 2013 as a quality hardback book by Steve Brown, available from [...]
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