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Recreating a masterpiece - The Honda RC174 - Coffee table book
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The book documents the fascinating 25-year project by the classic motorcycle expert to build 10 replicas of what is universally acknowledged as the greatest racing machine ever created, the 297 RC174 Honda Six. This luxurious 236-page book, containing almost 300 photographs, tells the story of how the Honda Motor Company authorized George to recreate the iconic six-cylinder marvel using an original machine from Japan to draw and re-cast the complex power unit and chassis, culminating in the most elite classic motorcycle owners' list in the world. The book charts the evolution of Honda racing machines over their sensational nine-year journey from novices to all-conquering world champions in the 1960s before their withdrawal from the sport after their golden era. And on the back of this compelling history, George describes his amazing quest to produce the ultimate classic replica. The book contains interviews with key figures from the story like Jim Redman, who made history by riding the first Honda Six, Stuart Graham who partnered Mike Hailwood on the Six and features company founder Soichiro Honda's obsession to conquer the two-stroke threat posed by Yamaha.
That dream was ultimately delivered by Hailwood and the book features a gallery and overview of his significant role in the engineering masterpiece. Also featured are interviews with some of the biggest names in racing across the generations, like Guy Martin, John McGuinness, Stuart Graham and Michael Rutter, who have joined the privileged riders' club since the rebirth of the Six. The foreword is written by Gerald Davison former Director of the Honda International Racing Corporation whose close relationship with both the company founder and lead designer spans two fascinating periods in the company's racing history.
Croz, George Beale, Mick Grant and Stuart Graham - posing in front of the RC174 - A true piece of art.