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CW - It Was the Best of Times - The Racing Career of Charlie Williams

CW - It Was the Best of Times - The Racing Career of Charlie Williams

Author: Charlie Williams

Pages: 244 Size: 21cm x15cm Paperback ISBN 9781527239364

9.99

****SIGNED COPIES SUPPLIED WHILST STOCKS LAST****

Charlie started racing in 1969, initially as a sidecar passenger, before going on to be one of the best TT riders of his generation, with twenty podium places to his credit including nine wins. Although sometimes regarded as a TT specialist, Charlie raced with great success not only on the British short circuits but throughout Europe, Australia, China and Japan.

Winning the Spa 24hr race at his first attempt in 1973 earned him a place in the Honda Britain Endurance Racing team, producing further success in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Holland in both 8hr and 24hr events.

After a break from racing of almost ten years he was tempted back to race at the Mallory Park Past Masters event, the ICGP race series, the "Barry Sheene Memorial" race at the Goodwood Revival and, after a thirty year hiatus away from the TT, the 500 Senior race at the Classic TT. Proving that he had lost little of his "flair" Charlie was the best rider in his class at that Classic TT event and shocked many pundits when, along with his mate Mike Farrall he won part one the Barry Sheene Memorial event in 2016 on an eighty three year old motorcycle.

Also well known for many years as one of the voices of Radio TT


Who's Your Hero

Who's Your Hero

Author: Stevie Rial

Pages: 144 Size: 21cm x 14cm Paperback ISBN 9780995508194

10.00

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.


Road Race - 2018 Season Review

Road Race - 2018 Season Review

Author: Stuart Barker

Pages: 96 Size: 30cm x 22cm Hardback ISBN 9780993014512

30.00

****CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK WITH BOTH OURSELVES AND THE PUBLISHER****

With a Foreword by Senior TT winner and outright TT lap record holder, Peter Hickman, this is the world's first pure road racing annual, covering the four big international meetings - the North West 200, the Isle of Man TT, the Ulster Grand Prix and the Macau Grand Prix.

With full race reports, full results, exclusive features and interviews with the sport's biggest stars, Road Race 2018 is also packed with spectacular, glossy images from the best photographers in the business. Written by Stuart Barker - editor of the Official Isle of Man TT Programme - the book is an invaluable reference guide and contains complete records of the international road racing season.

The North West, TT, UGP and Macau GP are four of the most spectacular and dangerous races on earth, where Superbikes reach speeds of over 200mph on closed public roads while having to negotiate stone walls, Armco barriers, trees, buildings, humpback bridges and even tram lines! This year saw the likes of Peter Hickman, Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop take road racing to a whole new level, with speeds never seen before, culminating in Hickman's first ever 135mph lap of the TT Mountain Course. But it was also a year of tragedy, with several well-known and popular riders tragically losing their lives as they sought to push the boundaries in the sport they loved. Road Race 2018 pays tribute not only to the victors in this rollercoaster season but also to those who paid the ultimate price.


Mike the Bike - Again (New Edition)

Mike the Bike - Again (New Edition)

Author: Ted Macauley

Pages: 108 Size: 15cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781787113138

14.99

In June 1978, 11 years after he quit Grand Prix motorcycle racing, Mike Hailwood returned to the Isle of Man TT races, probably the most prestigious, and certainly the most demanding, road race in the world. On a privately entered V-twin Ducati he won the Formula One race, beating the works Hondas of Phil Read and the late John Williams, and breaking the lap and race records.

It may have seemed a fluke; it was certainly a fairy tale that continued into 1979, when he was fifth in the Formula One race, despite losing top gear and his battery, first in the Senior, and second by only 3.4 seconds in the Classic - probably the finest and closest-fought race the Island has ever seen, Hailwood proved, if anyone doubted, that he was still the greatest motorcycle racer of all time.

This book, written by his manager and friend, Ted Macauley, is the account of his dramatic comeback, from the original wild idea to his final race. More than this, though, it is a study of a remarkable man in a remarkable world, and of the races, the machines, and the men who ride them


Parrish Times: My Life as a Racer

Parrish Times: My Life as a Racer

Author: Steve Parrish

Pages: 230 Size: 20cm x 13cm Paperback ISBN 9781474607315

8.99

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.


Isle of Man TT The Golden Years 1963 - 1982 (Volume 3)

Isle of Man TT The Golden Years 1963 - 1982 (Volume 3)

Author: Mick Duckworth

Pages: 96 Size 22cm x 21cm Hardback ISBN 9781911177258

10.00

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In a remarkably long history dating back to 1907, the Isle of Man TT never lost its status as the world’s 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 TT’s 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.


Speed at the TT Races - Faster and Faster

Speed at the TT Races - Faster and Faster

Author: David Wright

Pages: 224 Size: 22cm x 27cm Hardback ISBN 9781785002984

25.00

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.


Road Racer - It's in My Blood

Road Racer - It's in My Blood

Author: Michael Dunlop

Pages: 287 Size: 240m x 13cm Paperback ISBN 9781782437796

9.99

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


That Near Death Thing: Inside the TT: The World's Most Dangerous Race.

That Near Death Thing: Inside the TT: The World's Most Dangerous Race.

Author: Rick Broadbent

Pages: 360 Size: 20cm x 13cm Paperback

10.99

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


The Nazi TT

The Nazi TT

Author: Roger Willis

Pages: 103 Size:21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9780956245700

10.99

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


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