A compelling book about the trials and tribulations of a middle aged tree surgeon who, faced with a new child and myriad other domestic and professional concerns, makes the decision to rebuild Basketcase ‘ 41 Chief. (“Basketcases will break your heart” , he is advised early on.) The resulting story is often hilarious and arresting as he meets various characters in the antique bike subculture and experiences triumphs and setbacks in his garage as well as his personal life. The mix of psychology and skinned knuckles makes for a great read, better than you may expect. Hard to put down. By Fred Haefele. Hardcover , 6"×9", 210 pp., b/w illus. & photos.