Veteran-Cycle Club Cycling History No.2 – Charlie Chadwick Vol 3

Charlie’s Freedom

edited by David Warner.

Pre-war cycle touring diaries from around the UK. 170 pages. Almost all of the chapters in this third volume of Charlie Chadwick’s travels take place in 1926. The main story, ‘This Freedom’ is of a 10-day solo tour of the Southwest returning north via the Weston-super-Mare – Cardiff ferry. We also read of his adventures trying to conquer Snowdon in cycling shoes. And of course every story is told in Charlie’s typically humorous style.

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 third Charlie Chadwick volume.

Book Specification:
ISBN: 978-0-9575628-3-7
148 x 210 mm with 170 pages.
Copious illustrations.
Perfect bound.
Published by the John Pinkerton Memorial Publishing Fund (now Veteran-Cycle Publications), 2015.

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