Veteran-Cycle Club Cycling History No.2 – Charlie Chadwick Vol 2

Further Adventures

edited by David Warner.

Pre-war cycle touring diaries from around the UK. 165 pages. This second Charlie Chadwick volume takes us much further into his adult life and indeed starts with his best story ‘Two – A Tandem and a Tyre’. This relates how in 1929 Charlie persuaded his friend Joe (who owned a tandem) to leave his girlfriend behind and become Charlie’s ‘stoker’ for ten days in the southwest of England. It speaks volumes for Charlie’s power of persuasion! Their subsequent adventures read like that old classic comedy book ‘Three Men in a Boat’.

There have been many gifted cycling pen and ink artists: Frank Patterson, George Moore, and Percy Kemp are names that spring to mind. What is remarkable about Charlie Chadwick is that the drawings are of the same standard but were never intended for publication, being for a private diary.

This book is only possible thanks to the foresight of David Warner who after Charlie’s death ensured the series of diaries were preserved and published.

The Committee felt that there is a place for monographs on other aspects of cycle history, than cycle marques, and in a similar A5 format. Studies such as the diaries of Charlie Chadwick fall nicely into this category. This publication then is the second of a new Cycling History series, which follows a similar style to the Marque Albums, and the second Charlie Chadwick volume.

Book Specification:
ISBN: 978-0-9575628-1-3
148 x 210 mm with 165 pages.
Copious illustrations.
Perfect bound.
Published by the John Pinkerton Memorial Publishing Fund (now Veteran-Cycle Publications), 2013.

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