Arlington, Texas: Self-Published (One-Track Publications), 2007. First Edition. Hardcover. Black cloth folio 12.5" x 9.5" with gilt lettering to front board and spine. Protected in colorful dustjacket with painting of Rollie Free in his "Flat Out" riding position. Very minor rubbing to extremities, a very tiny amount of spine tilt. Near Fine in Near Fine Dustjacket. Item #75329
A biblio-homage to Roland R. Free, a fearless and pioneering motorcycle racer.
Flat out describes the riding position Rollie Free adopted: "It was in 1920 that I learned that by riding literally on top of a motorcycle in a prone position I could gain considerable speed...By using small springs to hold the throttle fully opened and the spark fully advanced, I could push back with my stomach on the rear fender and my legs extended out the back...This is actually a diving position...[and] enabled me to beat the other rider easily. I do not claim to have originated this riding position but I do not remember seeing anyone riding in this manner in the early nineteen twenties..."