An obscure Motorcycle Novel

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An obscure Motorcycle Novel

#1 Post by ns86 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:50 pm

Going through my Images I was reliving my days as a salesman. In the Cycle Canada post I mention author George Jonas being a frequent visitor to the shop and recall that he bought an FZ750 5 valve when they came out. He was a real enthusiast and revelled in motorcycle chat. He was working on various projects at the time but one close to his heart was always in his thoughts. I think in retrospect this relatively unknown novel by a literary powerhouse was more of a testimonial through which he conveyed his passion for the sport. A Passion Observed is a Novel about Canadian Roadracer Frank Mrazek who beat out Steve Baker at the Canadian GP in1976. Jonas and Mrazak had a similar history growing up racing motorcycles in the easternblock of europe, both emigrating to Canada and maintaining their passion for racing. George continued in the VRRA into his 70's. Just wanted to pass it on as he was a Bike Guy at heart. I wish I had my copy signed but never saw him again after 1986. The upside being it was an honour to have known him.

Steve Baker is 2nd

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George and his Commando

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Notice the RZ and NS

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Frank Mrazak wearing the shirt
1986 RG500
1985 RZ500
1986 NS400 HRC
1994 NSR250sp Rothhmans
1983 NS250 p
1987 RG250 WW p
1983 RG250 p
1992 RGV500 WW
1992 RGV500 Lucky Strike
1989 TZR500 Biaggi 3ma p
1984 RZV500 Rainey p

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Re: An obscure Motorcycle Novel

#2 Post by ns86 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:56 pm

George Jonas's Norton in Cycle Canada Showcase Circa 1987

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1986 RG500
1985 RZ500
1986 NS400 HRC
1994 NSR250sp Rothhmans
1983 NS250 p
1987 RG250 WW p
1983 RG250 p
1992 RGV500 WW
1992 RGV500 Lucky Strike
1989 TZR500 Biaggi 3ma p
1984 RZV500 Rainey p

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