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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


TT Titans - The Twenty-Five Greatest Isle of Man Racing Machines.

TT Titans - The Twenty-Five Greatest Isle of Man Racing Machines.

Author: Matthew Richardson

Pages: 256 Size: 21cm x15cm Hardback ISBN 9781526710215

25.00

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


Parrish Times: My Life as a Racer

Parrish Times: My Life as a Racer

Author: Steve Parrish

Pages: 240 Size: 24cm x 16cm Hardback

18.99

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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.


The World According to Foggy

The World According to Foggy

Author: Carl Fogarty

Pages: 272 Size: 25cm x 24cm Hardback

20.00

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!


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

16.00

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.


Guy Martin - Road Racer

Guy Martin - Road Racer

Author: Stephen Davison

Pages: 160 Size 23cm x 28cm Hardback ISBN 9780856409981

18.99

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.


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


Built For Speed

Built For Speed

Author: John McGuinness

Pages: 320 Size: 24cm x 16cm Hardback ISBN 9781785034800

20.00

*** 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.


Beautiful Danger

Beautiful Danger

Author: Stephen Davison

Pages: 128 Size: 26cm x 20cm Paperback ISBN 9780856409622

12.99

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.


Spectator's Guide to the Isle of Man's Big 3 Race Events

Spectator's Guide to the Isle of Man's Big 3 Race Events

Pages: 112 Size: 15cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781911177067

3.50

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


Road Racers

Road Racers

Author: Stephen Davison

Pages 144 Size 24cm x 30cm Hardback

17.99

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.


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


T M Sheard - The Modest Manxman

T M Sheard - The Modest Manxman

Author: R.Sheard

Pages: 173 Size: 30x21cm Hardback

10.00

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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