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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: Steve Parrish
Pages: 240 Size: 24cm x 16cm Hardback
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.
Author: Carl Fogarty
Pages: 272 Size: 25cm x 24cm Hardback
Published to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the Superbike World Championship, this book will delight the legions of motor sport fans in the UK and beyond.This is a full-throttle, rip-roaring, white-knuckle pillion ride with motorcycle racing icon, a man the nation took to their hearts as 'King of the Jungle' in the 2014 series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! The World According to Foggy is packed with hilarious tales from inside and outside the sport. Racers past and present, including Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Steve Hislop and Guy Martin, all come under Foggy scrutiny. He dips into the memory banks to relive those special moments of his career in World Superbikes and at his 'spiritual home', the Isle of Man TT, and talks candidly for the first time about his venture into team ownership, as well as his inner demons. Carl lifts the lid on his madcap mates and their daft antics and shares his quirky wisdom on topics as diverse as cricket, hikers, News at Ten, fainting goats, traffic lights and the full English breakfast on trains. Ultimately the book reveals the real man behind the visor: cheeky, witty, down-to-earth ... and every-so-slightly bonkers. Carl won seven world titles, including four World Superbike championships, in a glittering motorcycle racing career. Add three Isle of Man TT victories and his iconic status in the sport is undisputed. After retiring from racing in 2000 following a career-ending crash in Australia, Carl's career took an unexpected turn when he won the 2014 series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
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: Stephen Davison
Pages: 160 Size 23cm x 28cm Hardback ISBN 9780856409981
From the moment he appeared in an Irish road racing paddock in 2002, Guy Martin was a sensation. Young and brash, delivering his views on everything and anything at machine-gun speed. The twenty four year old made people sit up and take notice. Most important of all, he was fast - sometimes too fast.Now the world's most famous road racer, recognised wherever he goes, Guy's achievements guarantee him a place among the elite riders in the history of sport. Stephen Davison, a leading road racing writer and photographer, has documented every aspect of the Lincolnshire ace's career. In this book he brings together the best of his photographs to provide an unparalleled account of Guy's racing years. Close-ups, unguarded moments, sensational action shots, life on and off the track, 170 photographs tell the Guy Martin story as never before.
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: 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: Ian Hutchinson & Ted Macauley
Pages: 204 Size: 20cm x 13cm Paperback 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.
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: Phil Wain
Pages:168 Size: 26cm x 20cm Paperback
"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: Dave Molyneux and Matthew Richardson
Pages: 224 Size: 23cm x 15cm Hardback
Dave Molyneux is one of the most prolific and determined sidecar racers in British history. His racing career has spanned an incredible thirty one years. He has dominated the sidecar class at the Isle of Man TT, the most demanding road races in the world, with an exceptional tally of 14 wins, making him the most successful sidecar competitor in the history of the event. He has competed in British and European championships, Grand Prix and other races.This frank autobiography tells, in his own words, his remarkable story. It descibes the victories and defeats, the accidents and other setbacks he has overcome, and reveals what makes him such an accomplished engineer as well as a racer. In addition to dominating the Sidecar TT and holding the lap record, he has established an exceptional reputation as a sidecar designer and constructor. The book also contains 50 colour and mono illustrations.SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE WHILE STOCKS LAST!!
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 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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