British 250cc racing Motorcycles 1946-1959

An era of ingenious innovation

Traces the history and development of the privately built British 250cc ‘specials’ and ‘hybrids’ that sustained this class of Road racing in Britain from 1946 to 1959.


From 1946 up to 1959, the 250cc class in Britain was supported almost entirely by privately built Specials and Hybrids. This book recalls the men and machines involved, and traces their history and development, in what was clearly the most technically innovative class of Road Racing in the 1950s.

About the author

Born in Sri Lanka, Chris Pereira developed a passionate interest in motor cycle racing while still a young schoolboy. On immigrating to England in the early 1950s, he went to work for racing dealer Arthur Taylor of Shipston-on-Stour. This provided the opportunity to attend race meetings in the ‘Fifties’, and brought him into contact with many well know riders. He finally achieved his greatest ambition by riding in the Classic Manx GP in 1984, and was a regular competitor in Vintage and Classic racing events until 2002. He has written articles on racing history in several Classic motorcycle magazines.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845845-11-7 • eV number: eV4511 • Published: August 2012 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £10.99 / $12.99 / €10.56 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V312 • Hardback • 20.7x25cm • £15.99 • 80 pages • 97 b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-904788-12-6 • UPC: 6-36847-00312-8. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

British 250cc racing Motorcycles 1946-1959

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