MANY MOTORCYCLE enthusiasts will be familiar with the image of a Vincent Black Lightning with a rider stretched out clad only in a bathing suit and shoes at speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats. That figure was Rollie Free and the speed he achieved was 150.01 mph way back in 1948.
Rollie Free spent most of his early years racing Indians against his dreaded enemy Harley-Davidson as well as a stint racing Indy cars.
Motorcycle historian Jerry Hatfield has put together a detailed biography with period photographs in a superb 180-page hard-covered book.
Available from Harley City (03-9383-5033) with mail order available throughout Australia and New Zealand.