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The life and times of motorcycling’s alternative thinker

ALF HAGON ABOUT MORE THAN SPEED

Youthful enthusiast to record-breaking superstar – Hagon’s incredible journey! 000 Alf Hagon_SEP.indd 1

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Welcome

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Foreword

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Chapter 1: Alf Hagon,

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Chapter 2: Mr Success

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Chapter 3: Getting into gear

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Chapter 4:

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Chapter 5: Alf’s Double Ton

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Chapter 6: The man, by other people

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Chapter 7: The Magic Nines

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Chapter 8: 14 months with the monster

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Chapter 9: Anatomy of a sprinter

Editor Tim Britton introduces the talented engineering entrepreneur

Long-time friend and rival, Barry Briggs MBE, gives his views on Alf Hagon’s achievements

the early years

A bespectacled boy with skill, ambition and vision...how did Alf’s expertise manifest itself back in the 1940s and 50s?

Modest and unassuming... but boy, can he win a race!

Why waste time with gears when you don’t need them?

Nine-second wonder A journalist joins Alf in aiming for a sub-10 second quarter-mile...

The fastest man in Britain – Alf breaks the 200mph barrier

What do other riders think of Alf? We find out!

Delve into the mind of a determined man

How to build a sprinter the Hagon way

MotorCycling finds out how the JAP was influenced by the Americans

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Chapter 10: A wedding... and the birth of Hagon Shocks Alf and his wife Jean look back over their 60-year partnership

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that didn’t get away

A Hagon bike comes home... from South Africa

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Chapter 12: Alf Hagon is on his way back

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Chapter 13: Make me one...

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Chapter 14: That was then, this is now...

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Chapter 15: Catalogue man

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You can’t keep a good man down! Alf’s business is born!

He’s still keeping busy.

The parts business evolves

Machine profiles

Snapshots

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Kool for kids VE for victory The weighing game Going for the Ton One for the road The other side of the pond A matter of tradition

A bit hilly Quietly confident Team man Trophy man Doing it the Hagon way Sunshine & showers On top of the world Ride the bronco Arch rivals Showtime Blow by blow In the money Hold on, that’s not a JAP Drawing on experience Rode testing The fab four

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Alf Hagon - The life and times of motorcycling's alternative thinker  

East London born and bred, bespectacled Alf Hagon is perhaps the most unlikely looking person to power a motorcycle past 200mph. Like many y...

Alf Hagon - The life and times of motorcycling's alternative thinker  

East London born and bred, bespectacled Alf Hagon is perhaps the most unlikely looking person to power a motorcycle past 200mph. Like many y...