Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Prescott Arizona
Motorcycling An Illustrated Social History by Roger Fogg
Title: Motorcycling An Illustrated Social History
Author: Roger Fogg
I love history and I love motorcycles, so I suspected that this book would be a good fit for me and I wasn't wrong. I loved this book.
The author has endeavored to look at motorcycling from a social perspective (as the title suggests). It is divided into decades and covers the periods from around 1900 to 1970 and generally looks at the UK and British motorcycles. Mr Fogg has taken an interesting direction with this work. Instead of writing page after page with the occasional photograph interspersed to 'break up the text', he has decided to fill the book with original photographs and comment on each image. I personally found this format both accessible and easy, while being informative and entertaining.
Many of the photographs are of subjects that are known, so the author in many instances was able to add real context to the subject. But even when this wasn't possible he was still able to add comments that were enlightening and clearly reflected his own scholarly knowledge on motorcycles and motorcycling.
My favorite caption was that which reflected on how in the early days of motorcycling, taking a lady 'pillionist' was so frowned upon due to "(the ladies) thighs could be seen beneath their dresses" that it was suggested the rider should carry their marriage license!
This was a fun, informative and easy book to have on hand for a light read and I'm sure I will pick it up time and again. If motorcycle history and the social side of it holds any interest for you, then I would highly recommend this book.
Last edited by Roy; 07-21-2019 at 04:02 PM.