When Bill Ivy was fatally injured while practising for the East German Grand Prix in July 1969, motorcycle racing lost one of its greatest ever competitors. As a tribute to Bill, leading bike author Mick Walker has written Bill Ivy: The Will to Win. Bill Ivy was certainly not only a great rider, but a unique personality.
He had a steely determination to succeed, an almost fearless courage, which meant he never backed away from a challenge, a love of fashion and fast cars – and although only 5 feet 2 inches tall, he more than made up for his lack of stature, by his immense upper body strength, which meant he could cope with any size of motorcycle from a 50cc Itom to a 750cc Norton-engined matchless G15 CSR.
It was as a member of the Yamaha factory team that he not only became world champion, but also set the first 100mph TT lap record on a 125ccmachine – only a decade after Bob McIntyre had first achieved his feat on a machine with an engine size four times larger!
Bill Ivy: The Will to Win - is a fitting tribute to one of the world’s greatest-ever motorcycle racing stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mick Walker is a leading authority on all forms of motorcycle sport, and he has written about most of them. He has been a successful racer, tuner and team manager. He has been involved in virtually every aspect of the motorcycle business, and he still rides regularly. Between 1983 and 1987 he was editor of Motorcycle Enthusiast and in 1985 his first book was published. Since then he has published over 100 titles, covering motorcycles from many countries, in particular Ducati, Norton, Triumph and BMW. Mick Walker has an intimate and unparalleled knowledge of the racing scene and the evolution of the racing motorcycle over the last 50 years.
BILL IVY: THE WILL TO WIN IS AVAILABLE TO BUY IN ALL GOOD BOOK SHOPS FROM APRIL 2009.
Priced £19.99. ISBN: 978 1 85983 680 4
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