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John Surtees: Motorcycle Maestro

 

Mick Walker

In the late 1950s John Surtees was the dominant rider in top-level British and European motorcycle racing. He began riding competitively on Vincents in the early 1950s,and swiftly established himself as one of the quickest and most determined competitors. From 1958 to 1960, he was rarely beaten and usually he won by a huge margin.

In this fully illustrated and in-depth new study, Mick Walker reassesses Surtees's remarkable record and explores the background to his achievement. He recalls Surtees's early introduction to the sport, his rapid development as a rider and his years of dominance. The technical side of Surtees's career – the bikes he rode and his considerable skills as a mechanic and engineer – is covered in detail. The book gives a fascinating insight into the intense motivation that often gave Surtees the edge over his rivals and laid the foundation for the success that followed.

Reviews

"an in-depth study of a remarkable career… a must-read for fans of the fascinating John Surtees"
Sport Book of the Week, The Independent

"a ‘must-have’ for all road racing enthusiasts and for anyone who follows motorcycle sport"
iomtt.com – official Isle of Man TT site

 


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