The autobiography of legendary American motorcycle and off-road racer Malcom Smith, who also starred in the classic motorcycle documentary, On Any Sunday, has been printed and a bulk shipment is expected to arrive at Malcolm’s Southern California store via ocean container in October 2015.
To create Malcolm! The Autobiography, Malcom teamed up with motojournalist Mitch Boehm, a 30-year industry veteran who edited Motorcyclist for 15 years, and who also worked at Cycle World and American Honda. The 400-page, 11 x 11-inch hardbound book ($49.95) is saturated with personal storytelling and contains many never-before-seen photographs from Malcolm’s personal archive. Malcolm! The Autobiography covers Malcom’s early days along Canada’s Pacific coast, to his childhood in San Bernardino, California, to his first bikes, his racing efforts in the U.S., Baja, Europe and Asia, to his business life, the iconic movie On Any Sunday and his family life.
“I’ve done a lot in my 74 years,” Malcolm says, “and I even managed to remember a lot of it despite falling on my head a few times!”
“It was a fascinating project,” says Boehm. “Malcolm and I would talk about a period of his life, with my recorder going the whole time. Later, I’d transcribe what Malcolm had said, and weave it all together. Then we’d go over it together, making sure it was just right.”
“There’s a lot here,” says Malcolm. “Ten chapters, over 100,000 words worth of stories, and hundreds of photographs, many of them never seen before. It’s an amazing book.”
Copies of Malcolm! The Autobiography are available for immediate order (and October delivery) from Malcolm Smith Motorsports [7599 Indiana Ave. Riverside, CA 92504] or at malcolmsmith.com or themalcolmbook.com.
Copies will also be available at the Barber Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama, on Oct. 8-11, 2015, where Malcolm will officially unveil the book to the public. In addition, Tucker Rocky will distribute the book to motorsports dealers across the country.
“I’m really excited about the book and our launch at Barber,” Malcolm says. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about the place, and I can’t wait to see it.”