Chris Rooke was brought up in a mechanical family where his father was always tinkering with clocks and engines, and Chris inherited his love of all things mechanical from him. Where he gained his love of motorcycles from is anyone's guess! His first bikes were a Vespa 125 and a Lambretta SX200 at the tender age of 13, followed by a Raleigh Runabout, and then his first 'real' bike - a Casal moped (a rather cheap version of the Yamaha FS1E, made in Portugal) when he was 16. He then bought a BSA Starfire 250 when he turned 17 and this was the first bike he ever rebuilt that went again afterwards! After a short dalliance with a Suzuki Rebel 350, and having the dubious pleasure of sharing a flat with the owner of a 'tired' 1972 Norton Commando Combat 750cc that was off the road more than on, he bought the love of his life - a 1954 Matchless 350 GLS Heavyweight single that he stripped down and turned into a bobber/chopper and this remained his sole means of transport for many years. Sadly that bike was then stolen and after rebuilding a Triumph T100 for a friend he purchased a Triumph Bonneville T140 which was duly rebuilt and pressed into service, but this was soon sold to fund a house purchase (familiar story?) and for many years he remained bikeless. When his fortunes changed for the better he bought an E-Type Jaguar 4.2 FHC Series II which he completely restored form the ground up and formed the basis of his first restoration manual. The whole process took nine years, but as soon as he completed it he was forced to sell it for financial reasons. Undaunted he was then able to buy two Triumph Tridents, a 1973 T150V and a 1975 T160 which he completely restored quickly followed by the iconic Kawasaki Z900, and these form the basis of two further restoration manuals, along with the Essential Buyer's Guide to the Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket III.
'Brutally frank and well illustrated....Entertaining for anyone embarking on a similar project, utterly invaluable if the car is an E-type.' Classic and Sports Car September 2010 'Written from a non-expert's point of view this useful book highlights the pitfalls of buying and restoring an E-type Jaguar.' Practical Classics September 2010 '...this book works on so many levels...it's written by a non-professional restorer whose real world experiences of rebuilding his car are a lesson to anyone contemplating taking on an E-type, be it a basket case or a minter.' Octane September 2010 'A Kind of Loving really does get down to the nitty-gritty of restoring an E-type and the detail it contains is enormous...indispensable to any amateur restorer.' Xclusively Jaguar News August 2010 'Chris Rooke's book takes the form of both restoration manual and personal odyssey - his own rebuild of a Series II car pointing the way to pitfalls and procedures in bodywork, suspension and engine.' Classic Cars Magazine October 2010