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Author: Mick Duckworth
Pages: 96 Size 22cm x 21cm Hardback ISBN 9781911177258
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In a remarkably long history dating back to 1907, the Isle of Man TT never lost its status as the worlds greatest motorcycle road race. But over the decades, the TT has seen many changes and never more than in the period covered by this third volume in the Golden Years series. In this book riders both famous and not so famous and their machines are featured in a collection of evocative photographs.Keig Collection photographs from the mid-to-late 1960s, an era of strong participation by European and Japanese factories, are followed by images from a period when the TTs character changed. The dangers of the Mountain Course saw leading world championship contenders opting not to compete and Grand Prix status was withdrawn after 1976. But the immense challenge of the races continued to attract a particular type of rider and some manufacturers. By 1982, the last year covered here, the TT was proving predictions of its demise to be wrong.
Author: David Wright
Pages: 224 Size: 22cm x 27cm Hardback ISBN 9781785002984
During more than a century of racing over the fearsome Isle of Man TT Course, the world's best motorcycle racers have pitted themselves against the gruelling 37.75 mile Isle of Man Mountain Course at the annual event known worldwide simply as 'the TT'. The Tourist Trophy meeting represents perhaps the greatest challenge that the sport of motorcycle racing can offer. The top names in road racing - Collier, Wood, Duke, Hailwood, Agostini, Hislop, Jefferies, McGuinness, Hutchinson and the Dunlop dynasty - have all considered the pursuit of a Tourist Trophy to be the ultimate goal.From riding the earliest single-cylinder, belt-driven machines with outputs of under 10bhp, to coping with today's sophisticated four-cylinder machines giving well over 200bhp, generations of riders have risked their lives to satisfy the desire to go faster than the next man and to win a TT. In the process they have lifted lap speeds by almost 100mph. Exactly how that huge increase has been achieved is told within the pages of this book, set against the background of the triumphs and the tragedies of the TT history.Beautifully illustrated with 110 colour photographs and 120 black & white photographs, this is a must for any TT fan.
Author: Jon Stroud and Dave Moore
Pages: 152 Size: 15cm x 16cm Hardback ISBN 9781782814115
The Isle of Man TT is known the world over as the capital of road racing and that those two famous initials mean Tourist Trophy. It could also be Triumph and Tragedy. For more than a century men and women have competed at this unique event and for the majority of that time they've raced on the last of the behemoth racetracks; the Mountain Course. It has an unforgiving reputation and can result in the ultimate sacrifice yet across the decades many have been and still are drawn to what is often regarded as the greatest challenge in motorsport.The Isle of Man TT has created many heroes and legends and this new fully updated edition of The Little Book of the TT packs a lot of history of the event. From the early pioneers to the modern greats. The triumphs and the tragedies. The greatest road race in the world. A never ending story.
Author: Michael Dunlop
Pages: 287 Size: 24cm x 16cm Hardback ISBN 9781782437796
****SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE AT NO EXTRA COST WHILST STOCKS LAST***Michael Dunlop is a Northern Irish professional motorcycle racer and part of a motorcycle racing dynasty. Brother of William, also an accomplished rider, son of the late Robert and nephew of the late great Joey Dunlop, Michael can fairly claim that racing is in his blood. Now for the first time he talks in depth about his family story, how he got involved in the family business and how he manages to keep getting back on his bike despite all he knows of the deadly risks he encounters every time he crosses the start line. The death of his uncle during a competition in Estonia in 2000 was followed just eight years later by the death of his father at the North West 200. But despite these tragic losses Michael was undeterred and, two days after his father's death, he returned to the North West, and won.The next year Michael won his first TT, joining both his father and uncle in the record books. Now with thirteen TT wins to his name Michael is a phenomenal competitor, and in this sensational autobiography he reveals the highs and lows of racing, what it was like growing up part of a motorcycle dynasty and how that made him the incredible rider he is today
Author: John McGuinness
Pages: 320 Size: 24cm x 16cm Hardback ISBN 9781785034800
*** WE HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE WHILST STOCKS LAST***John McGuinness is one of the all-time giants of road racing, with a huge host of victories to his name. But his easy humour and down-to-earth attitude off the bike have always kept people guessing: what's the truth about the man inside the helmet, that has kept him at the top of such a sport for over 20 years? His autobiography tells the whole story, from his humble beginnings in Morecambe and getting his first bike at the age of 3, to working as a bricklayer and cockle fisherman before deciding to follow his dream, and finally to his many victories in the most dangerous sporting event on the planet. He tells of what it takes to be a champion in such an exacting sport, and to keep winning even though all logic tells you to stop - and when so many of your fellow racers are paying the ultimate price for doing it. This thrilling autobiography gets into the head of the man who stares death in the face, and doesn't even flinch.
Author: Ian Hutchinson & Ted Macauley
Pages: 288 Size: 23cm x 15cm Hardback. ISBN 9781786061232
Ian Hutchinson - 'Hutchy' to his many thousands of fans - is a motorcycle racer like few others. A road racer to the core, he has enjoyed spectacular success at the Isle of Man TT, the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix, but his own story goes far beyond even those triumphs. In the summer of 2010, Hutchy set the record for most wins in a single Isle of Man TT festival - five in all - having already won the Supersport class at the North West 200 in Northern Ireland. Then disaster struck. At a British Supersport round in September that year, he crashed heavily after being struck by another rider's machine, breaking his left leg so badly that at one stage it was feared it might have to be amputated. After many surgical operations and a long period of recovery, he fractured the same leg in 2012 while practising exhibition-riding for a motorycle show in London. However these disasters could keep the Yorkshireman from racing. After modifications to the gear levers and rear brakes on his race machines, he went out and won the 2013 Macau Grand Prix.Two years later saw an even more staggering return to form, when he secured three wins, a second and a third place at the 2015 Isle of Man TT, also winning the Joey Dunlop TT Championship Trophy for that year. This is a book not only for fans of motorcycle road racing, but for anyone interested in the life and career of a brilliant rider and an extraordinarily brave and enduring man, a hugely popular figure not just for his achievements, but for his unassuming modesty, kindness and humour.
Author: Peter Murray and Raymond Ainscoe
Pages: 80 Size: 21cm x 27cm Paperback
This 80 page softback book is a follow-up to the popular "Murray's Museum TT Archive". Firstly, the story of Murrays Motorcycles since its return to Santon a dozen years ago and its current contents are described and illustrated with 50 black & white photographs covering the museum's road and race bikes through the ages: from Walter Brandish's AJS stunt bike to Simon Crafar's Honda RC45.A second section contains 100 of the museum's collection of mostly previously unpublished photos (16 of which are in colour) depicting TT riders and bikes from the pioneer years up to date. From the Collier brothers via McIntyre to Anstey, from Matchless via Gilera to Britten, all eras are covered.Each copy is individually numbered out of a limited edition of 300.
Pages: 96 Size 22cm x 21cm Hardback ISBN 9781911177098
The Isle of Man TT motorcycle races, with an unrivalled history dating back to the first event of 1907, have proved more enduring than any comparable fixture in motor sport. The outbreak of World War Two in 1939 meant a seven-year break in racing, but happily the TT was revived in 1947 to grow bigger than ever. When the FIM world championships were inaugurated in 1949, the TT was the most demanding and important round in the calendar. In 1957 the TTs Golden Jubilee saw 15 different manufacturers represented in the five-race programme. Going into the 1960s, the arrival of Japanese makers determined to prove their products on the Isle of Mans unique Mountain Course greatly enlivened the racing. Like the images in The Golden Years Volume One (1913-1939), the evocative photos here in Volume Two (1947-1962) are selected from the huge collection amassed over decades by the Douglas-based Keig photographic business.
Author: Liam Beckett
Pages: 161 Size: 13xm x 20cm Paperback. ISBN 9780856409745
'There were always just the two of them, Robert and Liam, and there wasn't one weekend when Robert went racing that Liam wasn't with him. They were a formidable force, and Robert only needed Liam in his corner, he didn't need anyone else.' Louise Dunlop, Robert's wife.Liam Beckett wears many hats - plumber, footballer, manager, pundit, broadcaster and Black Santa. But it is perhaps as Robert Dunlop's mentor and mechanic that he is best known. When he offered a young Robert the use of a workshop at his house back in 1988, he didn't realise that it would mark the start of an extraordinarily successful working relationship that would last until Robert's tragic death at the NW200 in 2008. Now, for the first time, Liam talks candidly about their incredible partnership - the struggle to get Robert to believe in himself; the long nights spent fettling the bikes; life on the road and in the paddock; and Dunlop's determination to race and to win, often in the face of unthinkable adversity. From the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix, to the Isle of Man TT and the racing in Macau, Liam was with Robert every step of the way - and this is the remarkable story of a life lived at full throttle, told in Liam's inimitable style. Including many intimate behind-the-scenes photos of Robert Dunlop, this riveting book is not to be missed.
Author: Stephen Davison
Pages: 128 Size: 26cm x 20cm Paperback ISBN 9780856409622
Beautiful Danger is one of the great road racing books of all time, a collection of 101 brilliant photographs by Stephen Davison, road racing's leading photographer and commentator. The book celebrates the spectacle and the tradition of the sport and the heroes who have made it great. Agostini, Hailwood, the Dunlops, Rutter, and McCallen are just a few of the riders who make it into Davison's hall of fame. Available for the first time in paperback, this is a must-have book for all road racing fans.
Author: Norton Motorcycles / Photographer: Duncan Kendall
Pages: 100 Size: 29cm x 21cm Hardback
This is a photographic access-all-areas, behind-the-scenes look at Norton Motorcycles at the 2015 TT. It was inevitable from the day Stuart Garner took control of Norton Motorcycles in 2008, that he would return the famous Norton name to its spiritual home and race at the TT once again. "The Isle of Man TT is motorcycle racing for motorcyclists and we feel a strong affinity with the fans who come here every year" said Stuart. "Everyone at Norton is consumed by the lifestyle, passion and excitement of riding motorcycles, and so in many ways we were destined to come back and have another go."The latest incarnation of Norton's race bike, the all new SG4, is a pure engineering project that has been designed and built to compete at the TT. Racing the bike again in 2015, as he did in 2014, is a rider with genuine road racing pedigree; two-time TT winner and ten-time podium man, Cameron Donald. "Norton has always been the David fighting the Goliaths, it has always been the underdog," says Stuart. "Everyone at Norton has an all-consuming ambition to win here again, and we will push to improve until that happens." Now follow their 2015 TT endeavours through this stunning photographic essay.
Author: Phil Wain
Pages:160 Size: 26cm x 20cm Hardback
"Speed and danger don't always go together, but it's proper fun when they do." Guy Martin TT legend, speed junkie, world record holder, down-to-earth bike hero, Guy Martin is just a normal guy, driven by his passion for speed. This book celebrates the incredible racing career of this charismatic rider, an unlikely celebrity motivated not by wealth and fame but by his love of engineering, bikes and speed. Featuring never-before-published photographs and written by an experienced motorcycle journalist, this is illustrated biography to explores the life and career of this cult and much-loved racer. Author Biography: Phil Wain has been a freelance motorcycle journalist for almost 15 years and is features writer for a number of publications including BikeSport News and Classic Racer, having also been a regular contributor to MCN, MCN Sport, Irish Racer and Motorcycle Racer. He acted as PR Officer for Guy Martin between 2004 and 2010 and is currently occupying the same role for a number of teams and riders at both the British Superbike Championship and International road races, including 21-times TT winner John McGuinness, Ryan Farquhar and Keith Amor. He is also heavily involved with the organisation of the Isle of Man TT Races, writing all official press releases and race reports and providing ITV4 with statistical information.
Author: Greg Pullen and Pat Slinn
Pages: 240 Size: 28cm x 24cm Hardback Limited Edition of 1000 copies
Ducati and the Isle of Man TT; two legends certainly, but one story? Yet consider that back in the mid 1970s both Ducati and the TT were thought by many to be living on past glories and unable to survive the rise of the Japanese motorcycle industry and the new found glamour of Grand Prix racing. Despite this Ducati and the TT persevered and, despite both almost disappearing, started growing again largely thanks to the effort of a team convinced that they could win a TT with a Ducati.This is a glorious Limited Edition of 1000 copies (individualy numbered and signed), large format hardback with many previously unseen and specially commissioned photographs, plus many by renowned photographer Phil Aynsley. Interviews with Steve Wynne and members of his team, together with others who raced or were involved with Ducati and the TT bring many untold stories to life.This historic reference starts with the surprising facts that the first Isle of Man TT races were for cars, and that Ducati had been in business for over 20 years before they built their first motorcycle. Yet now they are both inextricably associated with motorcycle racing and have built histories that regularly crossed paths, bringing four World Championships to Ducati. This, then, is the history of both these wonderful icons of motorcycling and how their worlds collided. It also tells in full for the first time how Mike Hailwood returned to motorcycle racing in Australia before attempting his TT comeback, along with new insights into the motorcycles he raced and the people he inspired. The book then builds to a tell of a time when almost nobody, bar a few good men led by Steve Wynne, believed Ducati could rise to the pinnacle of motorsport back in the mid 1970s. The glorious achievements of the Sports Motorcycle team and Mike Hailwood in 1978, and their subsequent frustrating attempt to regain that glory, are the climax of this book that brings fresh perspective and insight into a tale many think they know, despite few appreciating the fascinating truth..Finally there is a "where are they now" appendix, telling where what happened to the most important bikes and riders, along with a table of Ducati's achievements at the TT.
Author: Bill Snelling and Michael Scott
Pages: 176 Size: 28cm x 23cm Paperback
This is a Second Edition of an authoritative illustrated record of the rich history of the world's most famous motorcycle road race series. The Isle of Man TT is the most unique and celebrated series of motorcycle road races in the world. Since 1907, the world's most daring riders have hurtled around the 37-mile, 200-bend Snaefell Mountain Course, displaying levels of skill and bravery that beggar belief. The exploits of the great TT champions such as Joey Dunlop, Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Giacomo Agostini and John McGuinness are legendary and this exceptional book is the authoritative photographic history of an event that is bigger today than ever.Featuring over 150 images, each with a special extended caption, this volume illustrates the great riders and their triumphs, race action from the beautiful - but often deadly - circuit and the fanatical crowds that flock to the races each year in their tens of thousands. Written by acclaimed motorcycling authors Bill Snelling and Michael Scott, and featuring a foreword by Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness, the book brilliantly captures the spirit, excitement and danger of one of the oldest and most revered events in world motorsport.
Author: Peter Murray and Nigel Dearden
Pages: 40 Size 27cm x 22cm Paperback
This book (with an individually numbered limited print run of 250 copies) relates the history of the ex-works 250 cc Mondial 1957 bikes raced by Hailwood early in his career, one of which resides in Murrays Museum in Santon. An introductory section covers Mondials racers of the 1950s, touching on the successful TT and world title campaigns of 1957. The narrative then reveals, for the first time, the full history of the bikes concerned, not only during the Hailwood years but also thereafter, during the period of Reg Deardens ownership. Riders of the bikes during the 1960s who have contributed to the tale include Len Ireland, Brian Ball and David Williams. The Foreword is by Cecil Sandford. There are 40 black and white illustrations and 4 colour photographs.
Author: Charlie Lambert
Pages: 160 Size 22cm x 15cm Paperback ISBN 9781845847500
The decade between 2004 and 2014 was one of the most dramatic eras in the century-old history of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, which began with the races in decline, and many observers fearing that they would soon be killed off by a combination of rising costs, political correctness and logistical practicalities. But, just a few years later, the triumphant 2007 celebration of the races centenary launched the TT into a whole new era of public and commercial success.With growing public interest and awareness, road racing became established as a specialist sport in its own right. Media interest soared; a feature length documentary took cinemas by storm worldwide, and a new generation of technocrats hastened to the island to develop zero emissions motorbike racing.All of these events unfolded under the gaze of Charlie Lambert, appointed TT Anchor Commentator by Manx Radio in 2004. In TT Talking, Charlie tells the story of the TTs sensational turn of fortune, whilst simultaneously lifting the lid on his role behind the microphone in this story. Revealing the pressures, the controversies, the laughs and the sadness that go with being at the heart of the worlds most famous and controversial road races.
Pages: 112 Size: 15cm x 21cm Paperback isbn 9781911177067
Your complete guide to all the thrills and action of the big three Manx Races - TT, Southern 100 and Festival of Motorcycling. Where to find the best views, where to park, how to get around, hints and tips for video and photography, canpsites and bunkhouses. Safety, entertainment, WiFi hotspots and motorcycle repair shops, what to do when it's raining and a brief but comprehensive history of racing on the Isle of Man. In short, everything you could possibly need to know all in one handy pocket-sized volume.Text in four languages: English, German, French and Spanish
Pages: 96 Size: 21cm x 21cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945489
***SPECIAL OFFER PRICE - RREP £16.00***The Isle of Man TT Races have a longer continuous history than any of the world's other great motorsport events. First run in 1907, the Tourist Trophy started out as a test for production motorcycles that would encourage makers to improve performance and reliability. The island's Government was already willing to close public roads for car races, including the RAC's Tourist Trophy.In 1911 the motrocycle TT moved to the now legendary Mountain Course. At first it followed a cirrcuit already used by cars but in 1920, when TT racing resumed after World War One forced a six year interruption, the present 37.73 mile course was adopted. The photos in this book, taken from the Keig collection, document a quarter of a century of racing from the early days in 1913 to the last TT before Word War Two in 1939.
Pages 144 Size 24cm x 30cm Hardback
Road racers are no ordinary mortals. Riding at extraordinary speeds and desperate to win, they are locked in a life-and-death battle every time they race. This book is a tribute to these icons and their incredible skill, and to the energy and excitement of one of the world's most thrilling sports. From Ireland to the Isle of Man and from the Czech Republic to Spain, leading photographer and writer Stephen Davison follows the riders as they take on some of the most challenging races in national and international road racing. But Road Racers also looks to something deeper - to the fear that every rider has to face down; to the steely strength that it takes to win; and to the extremes of exhilaration and despair that define the sport. With the kind of access to the riders that most of us only dream of, Davison's photographs and writing give an unparalleled insight into what it means to be a road racer. Intimate portraits, unguarded moments, family, fans and friendships, life and death - this is the ultimate road racing book.
Pages: 112 Size: 24cm x 22cm Paperback ISBN 9781907945304
This superb collection of action photographs presents an evocative record of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle road racing from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.It recalls an era when the world's top riders raced over the legendary Mountain Course, then narrower, twistier and bumpier than it is today. The sharp images captured by Kirton's, an Island based photogrpahy company, show some of the greatest names from TT history in action on more than 20 makes of machine.
Author: Neil Hanson
Pages: 96 Size 21cm x21cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945335
***SPECIAL OFFER PRICE - RRP £16.00***The Isle of Man played a key part in the development of the automobile and the motorcycle throughout the first half of the twentieth century. The Island's self-governing status made it possible for its roads to be closed for motor races from 1904 onwards leading to the Tourist Trophy race for cars in 1905. The last of the six car TT races took place in 1922 but the noise and glamour of car racing returned to the Island from 1933 to 1937. After another break, car racing again returned with the British Empire Trophy races held on the Willaston Circuit from 1947 to 1953.This books tells the story of the car races as seen through the lens of the Keig photographers from 1904 to 1953.
Author: Rick Broadbent
Pages: 360 Size: 20cm x 13cm Paperback
The Isle of Man TT is commonly seen as the world's most dangerous motorcycle race, Rick Broadbent gets behind the scenes and into the helmets of four leading racers over the course of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He follows the riders through the numerous vicissitudes of an average season. Ian Hutchinson is as high as they come following his clean-up at the 2010 TT, a fortnight later his leg is being rebuilt after a fellow rider rode over it and Hutchinson has to plead the case for not amputating. Conor Cummins is back after battling depression following a serious injury. Guy Martin was on the same hospital ward after breaking his back, but is now a BBC TV presenter. Bridgit Dobbs is the widow of Paul, who died in the 2010 race, and talks movingly on revisiting the race for the first time since her husband's death. This book is the final word on the Isle of Man TT
Pages: 192 Size: 28cm x21cm Paperback ISBN 9781907945045
For 100 years the Isle of Man Mountain Course has been the ultimate challenge in motorcycle road racing as it twists and turns through towns, villages and open countryside before climbing over the bleak mountain , then plunging almost to sea level to complete its dramtic 37.75 mile lap distance.Every bend, every straight, indeed every yeard of this unique cours has a story to tell and supported by over 500 illustrations, here are the recollections from many of the top road-racers of the past century, whose skills have pushed lap speeds up from 50mph in 1911 to over 130mph in 2011.
Author: Raymond Ainscoe and Elwyn Roberts
Pages: 40 Size: 22cm x 27cm Paperback ISBN 9780952480273
Yamaha Japan started to compete in the Isle of Man TT Races in 1961. This is a photographic history comprising of both black and white and colour photographs of their participation in "The World's Greatest Road Races" during the 1960s and has been published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary since the marque's official debut. The book has a foreword by Phil Read MBE and each book is invidually numbered out of a limited edtion of 500.
Author: Elwyn Roberts/Raymond Ainscoe
Pages: 62 Size: 22cm x 27cm Paperback ISBN 9780952480259
This well illustrated book recollects the golden decade in which Suzuki fought for supremacy in the lightweight classes at the TT and it conveys a flavour of their attempts to conquer the Mountain Circuit and win the TT.Produced with the help of three of Suzuki's riders from the 1960s, Frank Perris, Stuart Graham and Tommy Robb, the book is a limited edition of 500 and each copy is individually numbered. WE ARE SORRY BUT THIS TITLE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
Author: Roger Willis
Pages: 103 Size:21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9780956245700
In 1939, a disciplined force of Nazi paramilitary stromtroopers dedicated to Ayrian racial supremacy invaded the Isle of Man to seek victory in the world's toughest motorcycle race. Incredibly, with full-scale war only three months away, the BBC insisited that their intentions were "purely sporting" and even sacked one of its own commentators for suggesting otherwise. This is the true story of Hitler's 1939 propaganda victory on the Isle of Man
Author: Paul Copparelli/Mylchreest
Pages:100 Size: 21cm x 230cm Paperback ISBN 9780956244215
The authors of this book have found and researched the stories behind the many memorials scattered around the TT Mountain Circuit. Some of the memorials honour the memory of famous TT riders, however many commemorate the lives of less well known TT competitors and race fans who have lost their lives on the Circuit and others are placed to remember long serving race marshals.
Author: Fred Pidcock & Bill Snelling
Pages: 264 Size; 19cm x 26cm Paperback
THIS BOOK IS NOW OUT OF RPINT AND NO LONGER AVAILABLEThis book gives a race by race account of the Clubman TT Races series between 1947 and 1956. It includes full race results, a listing of all riders and their entrant clubs and is supplemented by many photographs illustrating the breadth of talent and machines that were pitted against the world-famous TT Mountain Course.
Pages: 173 Size: 30x21cm Hardback
This book is a tribute to the first Manxman to win the Isle of Man TT Races. He modestly became part of the Island's history and this book gives an insight into his determination and stamina. A well produced and illustrated book.
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