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
"an in-depth study of a remarkable career…
a must-read for fans of the fascinating John Surtees"
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"a ‘must-have’ for all road racing
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