This book covers every aspect of one of the best loved classic racing machines, from its beginnings back in Wolverhampton to the classic racing scene of today. The book is lavishly illustrated in black and white.
The book is Bill’s own story covering the Golden Years of road racing, taking in the Continental Grands Prix, the TT and a winter season in Australia. By the time he retired in 1958, Bill had two World Championships and two TT wins to his name, as well as numerous Grand Prix victories. This book tells it the way it was, what happened behind the scenes at the various factories and races, the highs and the lows of racing as part of the glamorous Continental Circus, and the camaraderie that existed between many of the riders.
Two generations have been influenced by Lawrie Watts’ cutaway drawings of motorcycles, motorcars, aircraft, Donald Campbell’s Bluebird, Richard Noble’s Thrust, Richard Branson’s epic hot air balloons and even farm machinery. Long before CAD, the legendary Lawrie was drawing complex machinery in amazing 3D detail. His meticulous, distinctive style draws us into the picture, telling a story even though his brief had been merely to draw the thing. Lawrie is not just an artist, he’s a designer too. His Royal Enfield-powered Dreamliner looked just right and was way ahead of its time.
John Ackroyd, design engineer extraordinaire, has been a key man in a
mad mix of land speed and long distance balloon record attempts, including
the first supersonic land speed record. John’s book gives a fantastic insight
into the frustrations, tragedies and triumphs of record breaking.
He describes battles against the odds, the constraints of time and money
and the often strange intervention of fate. Project Thrust, Virgin Atlantic, Pacific and Global balloons, Earthwinds, Thrust SSC, Spirit of America, rocket motorcycle, rocket dragster, wheel-driven record breakers and water speed attempts are all here. The personalities and places are brought to life by intimate and dramatic photographs which capture the determination and the moments of glory.
Kork’s story gives you an insight into the complexities of the sport technically, physically and mentally and highlights the extreme danger faced by riders of the era when classic high speed circuits were still in use in Europe and rider safety was low priority at most International and Grand Prix venues.
This book features the magnificent Road Machines from the Sammy Miller Museum, the country’s foremost collection of such machines, excellently restored and beautifully photographed in full colour. The text is by the well-known and respected motorcycle journalist Roy Poynting. This book will whet the appetite of those not fortunate enough to have visited the museum, and will provide a pleasant & informative reminder for others until they come again.
This book traces the author’s huge variety of experiences as a rider, dealer, importer, tuner, team boss and writer. Despite being an intensely personal story, ‘The Ride of My Life’ is a wide-ranging look at motorcycling that will resonate with every enthusiast. For those who share Mick’s passion for the Italian marques of the last half century, the book is required reading, but there is much, too, about machines from elsewhere. Mick has also packed the pages with characters he has known personally, including some of the all-time greats; Barry Sheene, Mike Hailwood, Carl Fogarty, Fabio Taglioni, Alejandro de Tomaso and Derek Minter - whose relationship with Mick is recalled in the foreword.