David Crawford’s look at the life, times and achievements of Stanley Woods is a thing of beauty and a fitting testament to one of the world’s unsung sporting heroes. Following Stanley’s life from relatively humble Irish origins through to the upper limits of motorcycle racing industry through the turbulent times of the early twentieth century, the reader will be astonished at the determination of one man to succeed. Stanley’s alliances with a variety of famous marques led him to become both worldfamous and respected by the industry as an important and valued critic who put forward a number of ideas to improve early motorcycle engineering which helped him and the manufacturers he represented to gain success both on and off the track.
Codename Bullet was British Leylands audacious bid to conquer the North American sports car market, in order to earn the vital export dollars needed to re-invest in their ageing model range. Undeterred by draconian US safety and emission regulations, they stepped boldly forward as European manufacturers retreated. BL was blighted by poor industrial relations, lack of investment and economic crises that devastated British industry. The purpose-built Triumph factory at Speke was closed three years after the TR7 launch and production moved twice before cancellation in 1981. A similar project in Japan created the Datsun 240z, demonstrating how an opportunity had been squandered, but British Leylands launch of an under developed car administered a fatal blow to the companys battered reputation, increasing reliance on government aid and accelerated a cycle of terminal decline.
A definitive history of car racing in the Isle of Man. This book has been meticulously written and tells the story of the Isle of Mans car races from 1904 to 1953. From the pioneering Gordon Bennett trials of 1904 and 1905, racing continued with the other TT for cars between 1905 and 1922, the Round the Houses races in Douglas and Onchan in the thirties and the seven post-war British Empire Trophy Races.
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 TT’s 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 Man’s unique Mountain Course greatly enlivened the racing. Like the images in The Golden Years Volume One (1913-1939), the photos here in Volume Two (1947-1962) are selected from the huge collection amassed over decades by the Douglas-based Keig photographic business.