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100 Years of the TT by David Wright

Author: The Crowood Press
Posted on: Wednesday, May 23 2007

100 Years of the Isle of Man TT
A Century of Motorcycle Racing
David Wright

Run over the every-day roads of the Isle of Man for the past 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 book 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 almost 130 mph.

David Wright is the author of several motorcycle history books, including Vincent published by Crowood. His deep interest in the TT goes back to his youth and this book is the culmination of years of research. He lives on the Isle of Man.

Publication date: 5/21/2007
246 x 189mm
272 pages
250 colour photographs
ISBN 1861269064
ISBN-13 9781861269065
Hardback £25.00
WGCK: Motorcycles: General Interest

The world-famous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races have gripped the imaginations of successive generations of motorcyclists over the past 100 years.

Written in an easy style, this book reveals the Manx TT's colourful history through its great riders, machines, mechanical developments and race organisation.

Superbly illustrated with over 250 colour photographs.

David Wright, motorcycle history author and resident of the Isle of Man, has a deep routed interest in the TT and this book is the culmination of years of resarch.

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