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Tributes are paid to motorcycle expert Mick Walker

Tributes are paid to motorcycle expert Mick Walker

TRIBUTES have been paid to the motorcycle expert Mick Walker who has passed away aged 69.

Mr. Walker was a prolific writer on the subject, producing more than 130 books, including biographies of motorcycle racers, collectors’ guides and marque histories.

But his expertise was not confined to writing on the subject of motorcycling. He had also been a successful dealer and importer, playing a particularly crucial role in making machines made by Ducati more popular in Britain.

Indeed, his contribution to the success of the Ducati brand was recognized by the Italian company when the firm celebrated its 50th. anniversary in the late 1990s. He played a pivotal role in setting up the Ducati 2000 retrospective at the University of Northumbria Gallery in 2001.

Mr. Walker had sponsored many motorcycling events during his dealer career. He also formed his own race team which operated between 1995 and 2007.

His expertise was called upon when in the late 1990s the Guggenheim Museum in New York staged The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition.

Mr. Walker had completed his autobiography shortly before his death.


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