this book has been written during many months of hard work to find and collect testimony, factory documents and exclusive photographs, to tell with precision and detail the extraordinary adventure of this legendary machine that remains to date the only real transposition of the F1 technology to the world of racing motorcycles.
An important period in motorcycling was that of ‘production derivatives’, the bikes that competed in short, nervous races or in the legendary 500 kilometres events. The list includes mechanics and industrialists, elite teams and simple workshops, British, Italian and
The elegant Koelliker-Triumph team challenged the Moto Guzzis of the Brambilla brothers, the Laverdas of the Venetians and Tuscans. The Hondas took on each other, ridden by Bonera and Del Carro of Milan and Pelletier and Piccirilli of Rome and their respective preparers.
Riders who also competed include Franco Uncini, Virginio Ferrari and Marco Lucchinelli, all at the start of their fabulous careers. This and more appears in a 160-pages book that also contains complete results tables of the races that took place from 1970 to 1979.
The author, driver, manager and representative of the category drivers in the uphill races, talks about the wonderful world of this kind of racing starting from the beginnings to the present day. Listed are the first fifty years of racing and events with over 286 titles awarded.
Some records are made to be broken. Others stand for a lifetime. And sometimes the achievement of a lifetime is surpassed in days. In the world of motorsports, the one record that has proven the toughest to break is the motorcycle land speed record. Don Vesco rode a streamlined motorcycle to a record-breaking speed of 318 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1974. It was sixteen years before Dave Campos flew past that record at a speed of 322 miles per hour. And that record had stood for another sixteen years when, on Labor Day Weekend, 2006, a motorcycle daredevil and aspiring writer named Rocky Robinson rode a Suzuki-powered streamliner at an incredible 344 mph. How he got there--and how he faced his greatest challenge at his moment of triumph--is the story Robinson tells in Flat Out. Here is Robinsons epic decade-long quest to be the fastest motorcycle rider on earth, recounted in all its gritty detail--a compulsively readable account that captures the hard work, sacrifice, and dedication that go into being the worlds best, as well as the sheer terror of riding these two-wheeled rockets nearly six miles per minute.
The sequel to "The Vintage years at Brooklands" that Joseph Bayley planned. The new book, to be published on 1st June 2007, follows exactly the format of the first volume, with over 130 superb whole page black and white photographs, many not seen before, mostly from the unique Bayley archive, which covers the years from 1905 to 1939. In his text, the author has set out to balance technical features of the racing machines with impressions of the many different characters, both professional and amateur, who worked on them and raced them on the unique 2.7mile banked track in the heart of the Surrey countryside.
The images in this volume represent the work of one of North East motorsport?s best-loved characters, photographer Spencer Oliver, who is recognised as one of the finest motorsport photographers Britain has ever produced. Featuring the Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough speedway promotions over the twenty years from 1960 to 1980, and also the significant grass-track, go-cart, car, motorbike and sidecar racing events and venues in this part of the country, the book contains many striking images of teams and riders including greats like Ivan Mauger and Ole Olsen, with informative accompanying text by Richard Nicholson. The sports were very popular during this period and the speedway would attract thousands of spectators, as would the major road racing events at the Croft Aerodrome.
The Superbike World Championship for modified “production” bikes was inaugurated way back in 1988, with high performance machinery normally destined for the road taking to the tracks for the first time to dispute a full championship season. The American Fred Merkel riding a Honda won the first two editions in 1988 and 1989. This was followed by a Ducati triple with titles for Raymond Roche in 1990 and Doug Polen in 1991 and ’92. In the years that followed the likes of Carl Fogarty, Troy Corser, Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss came to the fore aboard equally well-known bikes also raced in the same period by Pier Francesco Chili, perhaps the best-known Italian Superbike rider prior to the advent of Biaggi and Melandri. These 25 years are revisited for the first time in an official book that, season by season, reviews the technical, sporting and human stories of each championship through the ever-accurate texts of Claudio Porrozzi and above all the spectacular images of his brother Fabrizio, for years the official SBK World Championship photographer. Championship standings and statistics complete a book that is sure to be source of reference for all fans.
This addition to Duke’s On-Bike TT Series gives bike fans another dose of high speed action from the rider’s-eye-view with several twists!
We start off with the sidecar outfit of Team Tee Bee and hang on tight for an extremely eventful TT experience riding only a few inches off the tarmac. Next up is the first ever on-bike recording from the rare 1950s Moto Guzzi V8 with ex-World Champion Bill Lomas, then a run in wet conditions with Shaun Harris, and finally we join flying Scot Iain Duffus on his Fireblade at the 1988 TT. Iain’s excellent commentary gives you the racer’s view in more ways than one!
High-tech on-board cameras, onscreen circuit graphics and terrific engine sounds help power you around the circuit on this exciting mix of machines and varying conditions. We dare you not to lean over in your seat and hold on tight as Union Mills, Glen Helen, Ginger Hall and the Goosenech fly by!