Make Haste Slowly
- "signed copies"
by Michelle (Mike) Duff
Make Haste Slowly is an insight
into the life of Mike Duff, Ex-TT rider and Grand
Prix rider between 1960 and 1967. A fantastic
read and a must for the book shelf of any motorcycle
Make Haste, Slowly is a 370 page
saga set on the Continental Circus of European
racing from 1960 to 1967. It is a race by race
chronicle of Canada's foremost Grand Prix rider,
Mike Duff. Mike came from humble beginning learning
his craft on abandoned airport curcuits near his
home in Toronto. Coming to England in 1960, he
rose through the ranks as a struggling private
rider on British short circuit racing, riding
privately owned 350 AJS 7R and 500 G50 Matchless
machines to compete as a factory contracted Team
Yamaha rider. He never won a world championship,
nor an Isle of Man TT, but he rode some of the
most exotic racing machinery ever built on glamorous
race courses that are but names in a book to most.
He mixed it with the best of the time and often
emerged victorious. Share these experiences in
detail from the perspective of his seat aboard
a "works" Yamaha RD56 or RA97, a Matchless
G50 or 7R AJS, or the legendary AJS Porcupine.
The original text of Make Haste, Slowly was written
in 1982. Mike had hoped to have the manuscript
in print before the gender change ocurred believing
the motorcycling public would not accept Michelle.
For various reasons it did not get published.
However, the positive response received from the
readership of a Scottish magazine following the
printing of several magazine articles Michelle
wrote in the early 90s, renewed her interest in
seeing The Mike Duff Story in print.
Make Haste, Slowly is the most comprehesive story
of what GP racing entailed during the beginnings
of the Japanese onslaught of the Continental Circus.
include a slightly new cover design, 8,000 more
words and over 20 additional photographs. Michelle
added over 8,000 words to the text to bring her
story up to a more current date. She also added
over 25 new black and white photographs for a
total of 72 photographs, stratigically placed
by relevant text adding visual perspective to
scenes being described. By reducing print size
from 12 pt to 11 pt and increasing the page margins
she was able to reduce the number of pages without
sacrificing any of the story and helping to keep
shipping costs and production costs down.
Signed by Michelle Duff
and dispatched from Canada
Michelle will add a personal message