100 Years of the Isle of Man TT: A Century of Motorcycle Racing - Updated Edition covering 2007 - 2012

100 Years of the Isle of Man TT: A Century of Motorcycle Racing - Updated Edition covering 2007 - 2012

by David Wright

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Overview

Run over the everyday roads of the Isle of Man for over 100 years, the world-famous Tourist Trophy races have gripped the imaginations of successive generations of motorcyclists. From the earliest days of single-speed, belt-driven machines delivering 5 bhp, to the highly developed projectiles of today offering a fearsome 200 bhp, race fans have thronged the roadside banks and watched in awe as the best racing motorcyclists in the world rode the fastest machines of their day around the twists, turns and climbs of the 374 mile Mountain Course, all in pursuit of a coveted Tourist Trophy. This new updated edition covering the 2007 - 2012 races, reveals the event's colourful history through the high-speed activities of great riders such as the Collier brothers, Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Steve Hislop, Joey Dunlop, John McGuinness and many others. It also looks at the machines and mechanical developments and race organisation, plus the financial rewards and commercial interests; setting them all in the context of the triumphs and tragedies of a great sporting event that has seen average lap speeds rise from 40 mph to over 130 mph. Written in an easy style, this book reveals the Manx TT's colourful history through its great riders, machines, mechanical developments and race organisation and is superbly illustrated with over 250 colour photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847976482
Publisher: Crowood Press, The
Publication date: 11/30/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 36 MB
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About the Author

David Wright is a professional artist and model maker who has written numerous articles in the railway modelling press. He is well known at the major railway modelling exhibitions where he is especially renowned for his informative demonstrations and theatre presentations. This is David's third book for Crowood, his first two being the highly acclaimed Making Rural Buildings for Model Railways and Making Urban Buildings for Model Railways.

Table of Contents

Map of the TT Mountain Course 6

Introduction 7

Acknowledgements 8

1 How It All Began 9

2 A Mountain to Climb 26

3 From Tourers to Racers 38

4 Norton Dominate 59

5 Foreign Challengers 84

6 Japanese Takeover 107

7 A Difficult Decade 131

8 From TT Races to TT Festival 161

9 A Speedy Decade 196

10 Racing into the New Millennium 230

11 TT Centenary and Beyond 266

Index 286

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