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Author: Matthew Richardson
Pages: 256 Size: 21cm x15cm Hardback ISBN 9781526710215
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Which racing motorcycles or sidecar outfits have made the strongest contributions to the Isle of Man TT over the last century? If you had to choose twenty-five individual machines for a fantasy museum, which ones would they be? Matthew Richardson has made his choices, and describes each one in vivid detail in this perceptive and highly illustrated book. He takes into account extraordinary achievements like lap records, race victories, technical innovations and other milestones in TT and motorcycle history. His selection highlights the engineering excellence and feats of riding skill that have marked so many years of racing on the Mountain Course. As well as examining the most significant machines, the author includes profiles of the exceptional men who built and rode them. Modern bikes from BMW, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha are featured alongside the machines that dominated the early years of the TT such as Matchless, Norton and Velocette. The riders who took them to victory include many of the best-known names from every era of the sport from Stanley Woods, Bob McIntyre and Mike Hailwood to Carl Fogarty, Joey Dunlop, Dave Molyneux and John McGuinness.The author is Curator of Social History at Manx National Heritage and is an expert on the history of the Isle of Man TT
Author: Ted Macauley
Pages: 108 Size: 15cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781787113138
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
Author: Mick Duckworth
Pages: 96 Size 22cm x 21cm Hardback ISBN 9781911177258
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: 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: 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: 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.
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
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: 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
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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