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Author: Bill Snelling
Pages: 160 Size:21cm x 15cm Paperback ISBN 9781787115811
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Bill Snelling reflects on his lifetime passion for two-wheeling in this entertaining, motorcycle-themed autobiography. He recalls the decades of motorcycling mayhem, mud and madness that have characterised his 70-odd years iliving the dream, from the early days at Arthur Lavington's Velo shop to pounding the long-distance trials and the many race circuits he has ridden. Bill admits he was better off-road than on tarmac, but, he did win one race! He went on to work for Motorcycle Sport magazine, and as a despatch rider, before moving permanently to the Isle of Man. A great read for anyone interested in British motorcycle sports.Author Biography: Bill Snelling was unexpectedly born in Tunbridge Wells to a Maidstone family for whom a motorcycle combination was a way of life. He went to work at Arthur Lavington's Velo shop at the age of 15, getting a thorough grounding in all things Veloce, including the LE (which he hated!). Bill rode long-distance trails (mainly on Velo) with a fair degree of success, then branched into racing, also Velo-mounted. Bill has now written several books on the TT, worked as a columnist for Motorcycle Weekly, and is a photo archivist and TT/MGP historian. He has lived on the Isle of Man for over 40 years, is married, and tries to relive his motorcycling youth at every opportunity!
Author: Gregg Pullen
Pages: 160 Size: 22cm x 26cm Hardback ISBN 9781785006296
At 10 o'clock on the twenty-eighth of May 1907 the first Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle road race began. The riders pushed off on their 500cc single cylinder bikes and ten laps and 158 miles later, Charlie Collier aboard a Matchless would be declared the victor. This book is a history and celebration of the bikes of those early years of the TT races and includes:The events and personalities that led to the creation of the race and its challenging courseThe early success of the British motorcycle manufacturers: Norton, Velocette, AJS and Matchless and their ridersThe origins of the Italian Fours: Gilera and MV Agusta QuattroThe influence and reign of the Japanese manufacturers: Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and SuzukiDetails of the technical developments that enabled the bikes to conquer the mountain course with world-record beating times105 colour and 52 black & white photographs
Author: Stevie Rial
Pages: 144 Size: 21cm x 14cm Paperback ISBN 9780995508194
The author, Stevie Rial, is a road racing journalist who is the Editor and Owner of Road Racing News. Over the past 8 years he has interviewed hundreds of road racers at events such as Oliver's Mount Scarborough, the Isle of Man TT Races, Southern 100 Races, Manx GP Races, Classic TT Races and at various British racing venues such as Cadwell Park. His articles have appeared in numerous racing publications and are constantly seen and appreciated everyday on sport news websites and social media platforms worldwide. In 2018, Stevie interviewed 365 road racers with his "10 Questions Challenge." The the success of the challenge inspired this book which is a literary piece of history, a documented unique quotes anthology put together to show the world the positive side of road racing and safeguard its rich heritage, as heroes are never forgotten.
Author: Steve Parrish
Pages: 230 Size: 20cm x 13cm Paperback ISBN 9781474607315
Champion motorcyclist and truck racer, television presenter, practical joker or just plain survivor - Steve Parrish has been called them all. Parrish Times tracks Steve's amazing journey over the last four decades, through a rollercoaster ride of emotions in surely the most dangerous and exhilarating sporting arena there is. In the 1970s Steve was competing for the world motorcycle championship with legendary team mate Barry Sheene on a Suzuki. After retiring in 1986, Steve managed a successful Yamaha factory team to three British Superbike Championship titles and started a truck-racing career, becoming the most successful truck racer ever. He also proved to be a natural commentator, first for BBC radio, then transferring to television with Sky, ITV and Eurosport. Against this backdrop are Steve's notorious pranks: posing as a medical doctor to allow John Hopkins to fly from Japan to the Australian GP; impersonating Barry Sheene in a qualifying session; owning a fire engine, a hearse, and an ambulance - parking it on double yellow lines with the doors open in visits to his local bank. It's a funny, hell-raising account of life - and death - in the fast lane that will keep readers enthralled to the end. Barry Sheene's final words to his best friend sum it up: 'Neither of us will die wondering.' Steve provides commentary and analysis for ITV's week-long coverage of the Isle of Man TT. A qualified pilot, he is also a commentator for the Red Bull Air Race series for Channel 4. Away from television, he regularly tests various vehicles and racing machines, and is an expert witness for motor racing incidents. He has a regular back page in Fast Bikes and writes columns in other motorcycle magazines.SORRY, WE ARE CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK OF THIS ITEM.
Author: Michael Dunlop
Pages: 287 Size: 240m x 13cm Paperback ISBN 9781782437796
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: 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
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