THE MOTORCYCLE FILES

The Motorcycle Files series is published by BRG Multimedia, a company that has worked with some of the biggest names in the motorcycle, automotive and media industries for more than 25 years. Its publications are now available exclusively via Amazon.

 

The e-books in The Motorcycle Files series are written by the world's best-known motorcycle journalist, Alan Cathcart, (pictured in track testing action on the book cover at right). His work is syndicated to magazines in over 30 countries around the world.

 

Each title includes a full history of the machine plus technical information and a track test, as well as featuring evocative archive photographs from back in the day and superb digital photography of classic motorcycles in modern locations.

 

After a successful international racing career, Alan enjoys the confidence of manufacturers, museum owners and collectors who have entrusted the world's rarest racing motorcycles to him for this series. No other publications in the field of classic motorcycling can offer such a depth of content.

 

A special feature of The Motorcycle Files content

is that the motorcycle's owners allow us unprecedented access to the technical aspects of engines and chassis including removal of bodywork for close-up photography.

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BRUCE COX - BRG PRINCIPAL

 

BRG Multimedia was established in 1998 by Bruce Cox to handle his existing and continuing business interests during his personal retirement from a working lifetime in the motorcycling and automotive media.

 

It is from his memories, interests and knowledge gained during that 50 year career that he is able to write and administer the blog that accompanies the Motorcycle Files website.

 

He is also able to draw on his personal memories of road racing in Europe and the USA (including riding in the Isle of Man TT and setting records on the Bonneville Salt Flats) as well as competing in off-road events in  Spain, California and Mexico.

 

Added to these motorcycle activities were occasional car races and even a couple of seasons riding skeleton bobsleds on the famous Cresta Run in Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRUCE COX CAREER

 

After beginning his career in journalism with local newspapers, Bruce Cox moved on to work for national motorcycle magazines before establishing his own editorial services company in 1964, specializing in relaunching magazines for major UK publishing companies. A winter spent in California working with American automotive and motorcycle magazines led to him relocating there and establishing a new company in late 1968 to publish the newspaper Motor Cycle Weekly. That was launched at the Daytona 200 race in March, 1969, by which time Cox had been joined by another UK motorcycle journalist, Gavin Trippe.

 

As well as publishing Motor Cycle Weekly from 1969 to 1978, the pair formed a separate company in 1970, Trippe, Cox Associates, with the aim of promoting motorcycle races as an adjunct to the newspaper. The new company grew quickly and throughout the 1970s was recognised as one of the top such organizations in the USA, promoting races to both World and National Championship level.

For 14 years from 1970 TCA organized the United States 500cc Motocross Grand Prix as well as National and World Championship Formula 750 road races and dirt track events in the USA Grand National Championship series. It also created the famous Transatlantic Trophy series that ran in the UK from 1971 until 1986, passed on the concept to UK racetrack owners and handled the team selection of the American squad and the logistics of its participation for the entire history of the series. TCA also established the framework for the Superbike class and the Supermoto concept of integrated multi-discipline motorcycle racing, Initially each created by TCA for the ABC TV network, these went on to become USA National and World Championship sports in their own right. 

 

In 1978, MCW was disposed of to another California publishing company and Cox divided his activities between the USA and the UK. He continued in the media business by publishing Circuit magazine for Yamaha Motor Europe as well as performing extensive promotional and media consultancy duties for that company on a long term contract. These included the organization of the famous Yamaha RD350 Pro-Am and Yamaha RD350 International Cup series in the UK and continental Europe from 1982 to 1989. He also continued independent race promotion activities by creating the MCN/EBC Brakes Superstock class which from 1984 to 1989 was the most popular class of racing in the UK and introduced the concept of the Superbike class to the UK before that became a World Championship. Going off at a tangent, Cox also introduced the concept of truck racing to the UK and from 1986 to 1990 organized the Donington Truck Grand Prix and Supertruck Scotland events.

During the 1970s and ‘80s, all of his activities in race promotion had been televised at some point by national networks in the USA and UK - so for the final decade of the 20th century Cox became involved in TV and video production himself and independently produced over 100 documentary programs on motorcycle and automotive subjects. These were aired on networks as far apart as the UK and continental Europe, the USA, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

 

Although now retired he still enjoys working on projects of personal interest - especially on The Motorcycle Files series of print books and e-books and the features section of its website.