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Classic TT Racers - The Grand Prix Years 1949 - 1976

Classic TT Racers - The Grand Prix Years 1949 - 1976

Author: Gregg Pullen

Pages: 160 Size: 22cm x 26cm Hardback ISBN 9781785006296

25.00

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 course

The early success of the British motorcycle manufacturers: Norton, Velocette, AJS and Matchless and their riders

The origins of the Italian Fours: Gilera and MV Agusta Quattro

The influence and reign of the Japanese manufacturers: Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki

Details of the technical developments that enabled the bikes to conquer the mountain course with world-record beating times

105 colour and 52 black & white photographs



Memorable Isle of Man TT Races - A Century of Battles on the World's Toughest Circuit

Memorable Isle of Man TT Races - A Century of Battles on the World's Toughest Circuit

Author: James Driver-Fisher Foreword: Michael Rutter

Pages: 346 Size: 23cm x14cm Hardback ISBN 9781785315497

20.00

Historic, wildly dangerous, nerve-wracking, heroic and uniquely thrilling, the Isle of Man TT is one of the greatest sporting events in the world. Featuring input from past and present riders, TT teams, manufacturers and fans alike, James Driver-Fisher reveals why the Isle of Man's greatest ever races mean so much to so many TT devotees.

The entire history of the races, from the first battle in 1907 through to the summer of 2019, is covered, focusing on an expert selection of the most memorable events of all. Famous road racers relive the closest of victories and heart-breaking defeats. Unbelievable comebacks from legendary riders sit alongside race weeks when records have tumbled, and events when the biggest names have first burst on to the scene.

As well as the inside view from those directly involved in the thrills and spills, Memorable Isle of Man TT Races also draws on the memories and expertise of diehard fans who have grown up with TT in their blood - vividly bringing to life the iconic races' atmosphere through the years.


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

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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.


Frank N Stan's Bucket List #1 - TT Races

Frank N Stan's Bucket List #1 - TT Races

Author: J.C.Williams

Pages: 245 Size 23cm x15cm Paperback ISBN 9781985302136

12.00

This novel will appear to anyone with an interest in bikes, the TT Races and who has a sense of humour.

Frank’s had better days. The doctor gave him the news he didn't want and Frank's discovered the worst kept secret in Liverpool; that his wife’s fitness instructor is providing her services that extend beyond the gym.

With time a dwindling commodity, Frank decides it’s time to do something he wants to do. With a little encouragement from his oldest friend, Stan, the first destination for his ‘bucket-list’ is the Isle of Man TT Races.

They were content to just spectate, but fate had other ideas.

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Frank N Stan's Bucket List #2 - TT Races

Frank N Stan's Bucket List #2 - TT Races

Author: J.C.Williams

Pages: 369 Size 23cm x15cm Paperback ISBN 9781985302136

12.00

This is the entertaining sequel to hilarious Frank N Stan's Bucket List #1

Frank’s too busy enjoying life just now to worry about dying...

Bucket list item ?1 for Frank and his oldest friend, Stan, was the TT Races. They did it, and loved it so much, that now they’re heading back for item #2 on the list - TT Races yet again!

The fledgeling race team they’d cobbled together on their first outing despite moments of definite glory didn’t exactly thrive. But, despite this, they’ve once again secured the trusty services of Dave and Monty, the two most out of shape, yet passionate and dedicated, racers in the paddock and they’re optimistically eyeing a top ten finish.

With his unhappy marriage and wallet-draining ex-wife now firmly in the past, Frank is ready for a positive change, time and health permitting. Life in the glorious Isle of Man has rejuvenated him, and he’s now eager, in fact, to make it his home.

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Frank N Stan's Bucket List #3 - Isle 'Le Mans' TT

Frank N Stan's Bucket List #3 - Isle 'Le Mans' TT

Author: J.C.Williams

Pages: 317 Size 23cm x15cm Paperback ISBN 9781794098138

12.00

The Gang is back for another crazy adventure.

The idea of the maverick racer, Dave Quirk, winning a TT was as probable as a seaside donkey winning the Grand National....but he'd been trying to do exactly that.

An unlikely victory would also secure the TT Farm for Frank and Stan’s charity, but it was a crumbling, financial black hole and filled with asbestos. Dave and Monty quitting their jobs to work there wasn’t fantastic timing, either. The charity needed a truckload of cash, and fast.

They had to go big on their fundraising ideas, so, the Isle of Man home of the famous TT Races would play host to a twenty-four-hour racing extravaganza and they’d need a high-profile celebrity for maximum exposure. The object of Stella’s darkest desire, Guy Martin, was willing and eager to offer his services for the inaugural Isle ‘Le Mans’ TT.

They were full of good intentions, but, as usual, the path was rarely smooth for Team Frank and Stan.

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Road Race - 2018 Season Review

Road Race - 2018 Season Review

Author: Stuart Barker

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

30.00

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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.


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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