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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007156413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007156412
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• ‘As a racer, he could be close to genius. As a man, he will be much missed.’ Mac McDiarmid (Independent)

• ‘Hizzy became my friend and he was one of the most genuine, open and honest people I’ve ever met’. Stuart Barker

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Steve Hislop's story is a tale of both triumph and tragedy.

Born to a racing father, Steve was only seventeen when his dad died in his arms. Consumed with grief, he started drinking heavily and crashed so many cars it appeared he had a death wish; it seemed his racing career was over almost before it began.

More tragedy followed when Steve's only brother was killed in a racing accident and Steve was once again plagued by grief. But a trip to the Isle of Man TT races in 1983 so inspired him that he decided to compete there and went behind the backs of family and friends to do so. It was the start of one of the most successful TT careers in history, as Hizzy went on to win 11 races on the most dangerous race track in the world and became the first man to set an average lap speed of over 120mph.

Steve turned his back on the TT in 1994 to try and prove himself in short circuit racing, a discipline many thought he could never master. He proved the doubters wrong by lifting the 250cc British championship in 1990, and the British Superbike championship in 1995.

Hailed as a 'flawed genius' and 'the fastest man ever to sit on a motorcycle' by his peers, Hislop was plagued with bad luck over the next seven years as injuries, sackings and team bust-ups repeatedly ruin his championship hopes.

After surviving a broken neck in 2000 Hizzy felt he'd been given a second chance at life and set about winning the BSB title with a new-found determination. He finally achieved his dream in 2002 – but was sacked from his team just two weeks later.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
What a fantastic book - having never really liked the man when I met him, reading this book gave me an insight to the kind of person that Steve Hislop really was. A true and genuine person who endured so many things in his life, but this never stopped him from what he loved doing most - Motorcycling.
The 2004 season of racing will not be the same without his unique style.
If you think life has treated you badly - read this book and you will realise that whatever life throws at you, there is always something to look forward to. Inspirational writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S Lock on 2 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the best autobiography I have read so far. Once you start reading it you cannot put it down. It is a tragic story. The number of people he knew who lost their lives is unbelievable yet he still soldiered on. It is an incredible story, of an incredible rider. He mastered the most dangerous circuit on the earth, the TT, won on the rotary norton in 1992 which was said to be impossible. Beat the worlds best on a motorcycle. This man was a legend and one of the best men to have ever swung his leg over a motorcycle. This is his story. This is an absolute must read for any bike racing fan. RIP hizzy. We will miss you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nic on 30 May 2013
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Found this book very interesting and just couldn't put it down, its not just about the sport but about his life which is very interesting. You sit there either at the track or at home watching these men going round and round on the track not realising just what these brave men go through just to do something they love. It does open your eyes to what actually goes on behind the scenes
I know one thing ALL them so called men who play professional football need to take a look at what these motorbike racers do to keep fit and to turn up to riding with broken bones etc, Brave men
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By Mal on 24 Jan. 2010
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I didn't expect this book to be as good as it was. Many books on racers bog you down in race and championship detail but this book gives real insight into the man, and it is an absorbing story from page one. Steve was always my number 2 favourite rider, after Joey Dunlop, in road races he was smooth and inch perfect, I recall watching at the TT one year near the Gooseneck and he and Joey were so smooth, their riding was mesmerising, graceful, elegant - the right words are hard to find but I still recall the feeling of awe from just watching them. They made it look so easy and made other riders look amateurish. I was there the year he beat Foggy in the most exciting race I ever saw on the island. It was a shame he didn't get the opportunity like Foggy to go into WSB, but maybe he would admit he didn't sell himself too well. The book mentions Steve's father knew Bob McIntyre. I read Jacky Stewart's autobiography and he too knew Bob Mac. Pity Steve could not have picked up some of fellow Scot Jacky's business acumen and learned how to sell himself, he'd have made that fortune.
The book mentions lots of riders I've seen over the years who have visited Northern Ireland to do real road racing. Sadly too many of them paid the ultimate price for their sport, I'm saddenned every time I look at my photo collection and I go to few races nowdays. Doubly sad then that after leaving the sport Steve's life ended the way it did.
Great book. One of the best I've read on any rider or racer. It brings him back to life on every page.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BobP on 15 Dec. 2004
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One of the hardest jobs I have ever had to do in journalism was to write an obituary for Steve Hislop. I did not know him well - we only met a few times during the years that I covered the British Superbike Championship for Race24 - but he was always approachable, friendly and helpful, not the image always given of him by the media at large.
This was also a man who could really ride a bike. Setting a lap record - beating none other than Valentino Rossi - is an achievement. But taking the record away from a full-specification GP bike, when riding a year old Superbike? This just doesn't happen. Only a truly special racer could do that. And when he was in the mood, Hizzy was a very special racer.
So what was the man really like? Hizzy: The Autobiography of Steve Hislop goes a long way to filling in the gaps.
The book covers the standard "We were little oiks" stuff that seems to be a requirement of character-building for any bike racer to begin with, but once Steve and his brother are first introduced to bikes, the story picks up with an evident passion.
It is remarkable how Hislop kept on with his racing career after losing a number of friends and indeed his brother at such an early stage. But persevere he did. With remarkable results - first as a TT rider where his achievement in winning on the rotary Norton could quite possibly not have been achieved by anyone else and then moving into short-circuit racing where he recorded titles at British Superbike and World Endurance.
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A very good read. Steve Hislop was a guy who lived his life just to go racing, whether it be the TT, BSB, GP, the NW200 or wherever.
He caught the bug at an early age, his dad was into bike racing, his brother Gary was killed racing at Silloth at the age of 19.
But the death of Gary didn't seem to put him off, it just seemed to make him more determined to achieve things in racing that Gary didn't because of his untimely death.
He will be best remembered for the epic dual with Foggy at the 92TT, and the TT win he achieved for Norton on a bike that wasn't really rated as a machine that could win races, especially the TT.
A recommended read for any bike racing fans!!!
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