Book Review

British motorcycles 1945-1965
From Aberdare to Wooler
Author: Rinsey Mills
Published by: Herridge & Sons Ltd, Lower Forda, Shebbear, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5SY
Tel.: 01409 281990 Fax: 01409 281910
E-mail: info@herridgeandsons.comHardback, 210 x 270mm (portrait); 600 pages with more than 1500 illustrations.
ISBN: 978-1-906133-61-0£60; $90 US; $110 Canada

Aberdare? Never heard of them? Well, they made motorcycles and small-capacity two-stroke motorcycles under the name of Bown in Wales in the 1950s.

The obscure Wooler, however, you should be interested in, because of the fascinating eccentricity of John Wooler’s designs.


In between the letters A and W you will find all the familiar names, with a number of unfamiliar ones and lost causes too.

As for better-known makes, the book contains 75 pages on AJS and Matchless, 27 on Ariel, 67 on BSA, 41 on Norton, 46 on Royal Enfield, 82 on Triumph, 33 on Velocette and 20 on Vincent.

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