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An Age of Superheroes: Racin' Sideways Through GP Racing's Golden Age with Schwantz, Rainey, Doohan, Lawson and Gardner Hardcover – 5 Aug 2010


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844255832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844255832
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.9 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A former motorcycle racer and Isle of Man TT winner, Mat Oxley has been writing about bike racing for more than two decades and is the author of Haynes' acclaimed biographies of Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan, as well as the recently published Stealing Speed.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Steven Webb on 5 Sept. 2010
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Well I took a punt when I ordered this book but I'm glad I did. It covers the classic era of modern racing, 500's with no traction control. It's full to the brim with top class pictures that remind you what it really used to be like and the injuries the riders took, accepted and ignored. It was good to read about and see Schwantz in action again, always my favorite, always pushing it, always all action, always on the pipe.

Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wongy on 20 Sept. 2010
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A awsome book,for any body who grew up watching grand prix racing from the early 90's this is a must!proper racing with real 'super heroes'!! written by the best bike journo who is matt oxley.one of the best bike books to buy at the moment,dont delay and relive a golden era of bike racing!!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Loxley on 3 Oct. 2010
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Who will ever forget the memories of Gardner, Doohan, Schwanz, Rainey, Lawson and the like, screaming around the track on their 500 cc monsters? Well, for me, that was what GP racing was all about. The racing - for the most part - was intense, and very close; real fairing to fairing stuff... and this book relives all those memories, and more! The images are wonderful, so too the contributions from the riders themselves - no holds barred comments which makes this book so special.

When Gardner won his Australian GP at Phillip Island - the whole country was standing as one, and I still get goose bumps remembering that moment as he held on for dear life to take the chequered flag.

Anyway, the book is superb, and I read it from cover to cover the same night I recieved it. Only one slight issue, and that is that all Haynes books seem to have very murky colour reproduction at times. I guess they don't have the printing technology of those in China, Japan etc, but it is still a very beautiful book.

So cheers, and I'll never forget the rides these boys gave us...

A book well worth the money, and highly recommended.

Tony Loxley.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kawaman21 on 29 Oct. 2010
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great photo's,the best time for gp's for people of a certain age,40+
where men were men and the bikes were twitchy,flighty and a power band as wide as their broken fingers.oxley knows his subject well.
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There are periods of racing that go down as classics. With F1, you've got the 80s turbo era, or the Senna/Prost years - Sportscars, Group C is held up as the pinnacle, or the late 60s with GT40s thundering across the globe.

For Grand Prix Motorcycling, you won't find many people disagreeing that the late 80s and early 90s was a magic time. Almost too neatly bracketed by the entry and unfortunate exit of Wayne Rainey at the top level.

This book doesn't go too deep on race-by-race results, or dry technical overviews - what it does do is give an unparalleled flavour of the sport in this period. The best photography of the era, complete with reams of quotations from the key players, introduced with a brief rundown of the championship year and some of the more printable anecdotes. This book is an easy pick-up-and read coffee table item that any guest you have with a remote interest in motorcycle racing inevitably picks up and gets lost in for 10 minutes - to me, the ideal test of the format!

In short - curious about one of the last great eras of motorsport that perhaps doesn't get the coverage that F1 does? Buy immediately!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 April 2011
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Love the fact that the product descriptions says that, "1988-93, was the NADIR of two-stroke Grand Prix racing". If you're going to get all celestial on us I think you would want to say it was the zenith! Mind you, maybe Amazon thinks 1988-93 was the worst time for two-stroke racing. Me, I'm a Barry Sheene / Kenny Roberts fan so maybe that was the zenith of two-stroke racing in the seventies :-)
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By Simon-R on 29 May 2014
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I first became aware of this book when I saw on TV a documentary called 'the unrideables',it was from this tgat I became aware of this great book.
I've been a biker for thirty years and always enjoyed the various articles that i'd read by Mat Oxley.
This book delights in much the same way.Excellent factual write up's on each of the riders that made this time so amazing coupled with humerous anecdotes and also an insight into the politics of racing at that time.
Mat was good enough to sign the book for me and also sent me a personal email which was a nice touch.
Thoroghly recommended
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 34ks on 27 Sept. 2010
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If you like real bike racing before the electronics kicked in then this is the book for you. 500cc greatness.
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