From: Ged Martin -
Subject: Book review: "Gathering Speed", by The Nashville Flash
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 1997 14:18:21 GMT
Well, I was one of those people who laid out real money, well US$28 really, but you know what I mean, to buy a copy of David "The Nashville Flash" Brauns book, "Gathering Speed", and I liked it. So much that I've decided to write a review, a short & rather crappy review, but a review nonetheless....
"Gathering Speed" isn't a mind fuck like "Zen and The Art..." and it isn't like that one the investment banker wrote.
"Gathering Speed" isn't only a book about motorcycles, nor is it only a book about how one man "finds" himself during a motorcycle trip. It's a book by one of us, about people he's met along the road, people like you and me.
Based, in part, on some of the Tales he's posted to rec.motorcycles, Flash has managed to capture, not just the joy of owning a bike and riding/racing it, but also some of the pain in having one too.
Along the way, Flash explains some of his reasoning behind taking up motorcycling, why he started racing and wrenching them.
Like I said, this is my attempt at a review of a book I happen to like, by a person I happen to like too. It's not a very good review of a book, but do you know the funny thing about writing it....I found myself rereading bits out of "Gathering Speed" time and time again, because it's not one of those coffee table books you buy to have around and look good, it's just a fucking good book.
If you want to read some of his Tales, or get some more information about the book, point your Web browser at
Ged "....a slick, affected, switchblade-flashing, motorcycle freak."
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