I read with great surprise that the past March 8, Mick Walker died at the age of 69. And who was Mick Walker? Well, as I explain in the title, he was the greatest writer in the world of motorcycles, since he wrote no less than 130 books about his / our great passion, motorcycles. I discovered it a few years ago and since then the four copies that you see in the photo that accompany this article have been arriving in my library.
Beyond the high quality of his thematic books on motorcycles and many of the world brands there was a man with a quite busy life, who began to compete on a motorcycle while combining his work in the RAF in the 1960s. It was also an importer in England of brands such as Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Harley-Davidson, Aermacchi, Cagiva, Benelli, Garelli, Testi, MV Agusta, Jawa and Derbi. In addition to sharing friendship with pilots like Mike Hailwood, Barry Sheene, and Arthur Wheeler. And sponsor of some more current drivers like James Toseland.
His first book was written in 1985 and it was about Ducati single-cylinder, and as chance would have it, a few days before his death his latest book was published, about his own life, entitled Mick Walker, the ride of a lifetime. Among his work we find both restoration manuals, biographies of famous pilots or the exhaustive history of some brands. He even collaborated in the drafting of the exhibition catalog The art of the motorcycle that passed through the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.
Rest in peace.