Book Details


In 1997, life-long motorcyclist Ken Philp was given the opportunity of being the first to ride a restored 1921 Model A provided that he traced its chassis number. The book starts off as the account of that task, but it develops into an account of their English history and production, with frequent reference to the U.S. history as well.
It continues on to include details of the various models manufactured, and experiences of restoring three different models, and of preparing a Model B, loaned by a Museum, for the 2001 Banbury Run.

  Not only are there accounts of feats undertaken in the 1920's by both men and women, but it includes the story of the 2001 Banbury Run, in which a total of ELEVEN were ridden.

There are also accounts of other rides undertaken by the Author and others, together with experiences with them over the years 1998-2004.

It has over 50 full-colour photographs, some depicting the modern-day action, plus 50 b/w photographs and photocopies.

 Please note, however, that while the photographs are good, they were not professionally taken, they were taken as snapshots with no thought of producing the book.

  The research undertaken to produce this was spread over four years.  

TO ORDER - Thanks to the efforts of Mike Robson and Ben Geutskens, as of April 2018 the book is available again for sale.  No changes to the text have been made but some new references were added.

The book can be purchased from Books on Demand (BoD) in Copenhagen ( and, plus some other booksellers. It's under ISBN 978-87-430-0124-9.

It's also available as an e-book on Google Play, Apple iBooks,