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Fantastic New Book – Travelling with Mr Turner

A perceptive, witty, often tongue-in-cheek book, this is a fascinating personal perspective on the history of Triumph Motorcycles seen through the eyes of two different social eras.

Travelling with Mr Turner

When lawyer Nigel Winter takes a few days off to follow in the tyre-tracks of Edward Turner, on his way from Land’s End to John O’Groats, he finds far, far more than he expects. For Mr Turner designed the Triumph motorcycle that powered Marlon Brando to fame in The Wild One, and on which Steve McQueen tried to jump the wire in The Great Escape. Along the road to John O’Groats, the author riding his modern Triumph and Mr Turner on his Triumph Terrier in 1953, a journey known to all at Triumph as the Gaffer’s Gallop, we encounter the bizarre history of Triumph Motorcycles. Record breaking machines that sold around the world, whose entire work force locked out the management just so that they could continue to make motorcycles and prevent Triumph from being consigned to history. A history so completely off the wall that it simply has to be true!  Travelling with Mr Turner draws the reader in to experience how life was lived in those post-war decades of tumultuous change and Rock ‘n’ Roll, when the legend of Triumph encapsulated an entire generation in a world now nearly vanished into history, but still somehow wonderfully alive today.

“Witty, satirical and a truly riveting read, one that leaves the reader just begging for more!”

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Posted April 13, 2011 by in | No comments yet

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