Race" is the autobiography of Peter Williams, the man known to
all Norton enthusiasts as the designer and racer of the
Commando-based works Production Racers and, more importantly, the
Formula 750 John Player Norton works racers.
The book tells us
about Peter's childhood and how he got involved in motorcycle racing
at an age when today's top racers already have several world
champion titles under their belt. It tells the story of one of the
world's best racers who was also on a mission to improve the
one-track vehicle technically, and did this to an astonishing degree
with a racing motorcycle propelled by a dated and, from a technical
point of view, no longer competitve powerplant- and that includes
the fragile gearbox!
The book makes
fascinating reading for those who want to know what Peter did
for Norton, as well as for those who have been involved with Norton
motorcycles and its key personell all their lives and want to hear
Peter's version of that fascinating part of Norton's history.
Peter describes his
sucesses and failures, and blames mostly himself for things that
went wrong. The tone is very different, for example, to the book
"Whatever happened to the British Motorcycle Industry"
where Bert Hopwood finds fault with everybody but himself.
A very honest book
that makes you like Peter if you did not like him already, and a
very good read. My only disappointment is that he is perhaps too
diplomatic to critizise others, with few exceptions- Dennis Poore
and Donald Heather come to mind.
The book was available from us,
Part# PW001, but is currently out of print.