Reg Everett: From Rocker to Racer
From Rocker to Racer is the exciting story of one man’s motorcycling career, from his days as a café racer and gang member to a top line competitor, who rubbed shoulders with the world’s top riders, including Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Bill Ivy. Reg Everett was an unknown club racer with just two years’ experience when he marched into the Greeves factory and asked for the works’ backing. Greeves, then top of the motocross tree, laughed at him, but Reg managed to persuade them to provide him with an engine. He bought a frame and built a bike – and it resulted in the birth of the famous Greeves Silverstone. The Greeves saga was only one of many in his racing career – he also rode BSA, Velocette, Ducati and Yamaha bikes. And it was on the Japanese two-stroke that Reg Everett really set the racing world alight, finishing runner-up in the 250cc British Championships on no less than three occasions, with a string of victories against the likes of Minter, Read and Ivy. Besides the British short circuits, Reg also rode in the Isle of Man TT, Thruxton 500 Miler and the legendary Barcelona 24 Hours marathon. Mick Walker is a leading authority on all forms of motorcycle sport, and he has written about most of them. He has been a successful racer, tuner and team manager. He has been involved in virtually every aspect of the motorcycle business, and he still rides regularly. Between 1983 and 1987 he was editor of Motorcycle Enthusiast and in 1985 his first book was published. Since then he has published over 90 titles covering motorcycles from many countries, in particular Ducati, Norton, Triumph and BMW. Mick Walker has an intimate and unparalleled knowledge of the racing scene and the evolution of the racing motorcycle over the last 50 years.