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    • Publication date:06 Oct 2016
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A Short History of the Motorcycle

By Richard Hammond

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A celebration of the magic of motorbikes by former TOP GEAR and current THE GRAND TOUR presenter Richard Hammond.
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  • ISBN: 9781474601153
  • Publication date: 20 Sep 2018
  • Page count: 208
  • Imprint: W&N
'a book that has humour and charm' - Spectator
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Authors:
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Eric Idle
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