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The extraordinary story of the motorbike legend and his Superbike racing son

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The history of British motorbike racing contains many illustrious names, but one family continues to shine down the generations – the Haslams. Ron Haslam was the thrilling superstar of the seventies bike scene, the long-haired rebel with a wild family background whose brilliant starts earned him the nickname "Rocket Ron" and whose reckless abandon on the racetrack astounded his rivals and gained him a host of admirers in the paddock. ‘Rocket Ron’ became a legend on the circuit, winning three world titles and four British championships and riding in more than a hundred Grands Prix over the course of his career, despite suffering some horrendous crashes and countless broken bones.

Ron’s son Leon, the ‘Pocket Rocket’, is now following in his father’s extremely speedy footsteps. A national motocross and scooter champion by the time he was fourteen, Leon became the youngest-ever rider to compete in the 500cc World Championship. After just missing out on the British Superbike Championship in 2006, he is again one of the leading contenders for the 2008 title, riding for the Honda team for whom his father raced GPs back in the 1980s.

Rocket Men is the story of a father and son, two extraordinary racers on a fearless quest to be the fastest and the best, and of a strong, close-knit family for whom motorcycling is in the blood.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 25217 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (10 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RSAWO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
A great read from start to finish.This book really puts into perspective the hard slog that Ron had to go through to reach the top,compared to some of the pampered sportsmen of today. He graphicly tells of the many lows that would have stopped a lesser man. The young chip off the old block has his say as well. A FIRST CLASS READ AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Format: Paperback
My husband recieved this book as a wedding anniversary present. He said it was 5 star rating if you are a biker. He read it in 3 days., but he does that with all good books he enjoys.
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As a race fan I always get a rider biography to take on holiday.
I watched Ron race for years and admired him a a racer but knew little of his life before the limelight.
Growing up in a similar area at a similar time brought back childhood memories but 10 times worse than me :-)
He did not have an easy life, but was focus and worked hard and deserved all he got and gets in the future.
Not a lot about the Pocket Rocket in there but that's not why I bought it.

After reading this he is a hero all over again.

Great read, I have read many rider stories and this is up there with the best.

The only annoying thing is he is 3 years older than me and still looks good.
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Format: Hardcover
Grand book very good read, i have met Ron and lived in the area so a lot of facts for me brilliant.
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Format: Hardcover
What an early family life ! absolute mayhem, madness and madcap which then drove Ron and Leon to their achievements. A good, detailed and easy read, but also so descriptive I felt every crash.....Tremendous..
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Format: Paperback
This book clearly shows what a tough up-bringing Ron had, yet despite this, [and losing two brothers to racing accidents],still raced against some of the worlds best riders in Grand Prix 500's.
His massive experience with setting up and developing various types of machinery, is now being passed on to his son Leon.
Would have liked to read more about his experiences in Grand Prix and his times with Mal Carter but never the less, still a good book.
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This is a great read from start to finish. The gritty determination of this Derbyshire lad grips you and you just have to turn the next page. Some great nostaligic descriptions of epic races against the top men of the time. Interesting to read about the gradual change from rider to mentor. Never a dull chapter. Highly recommended,
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In many ways, this book would merit 5 stars, but it falls a bit short in the literary sense. I wanted to read a book that would serve to put Mark Gardiner`s excellent Riding Man in perspective. I needed to read something by/about a rider with great natural talent, that took a seat-of-the-pants approach to racing. Exactly the case of Rocket Ron. The book is written in a pleasant, direct manner, and Ron strikes the right balance in being proud of his achievements, confident in his ability without coming across as conceited. Towards the end, we get treated to an account of Ron`s son Leon`s career so far. This is where the book`s editing gets a little strange, as Ron recounts some incident or other, and then, to give us a different perspective, has Leon write a few pages or so so that we get his version, straight from the horse`s mouth. It works, but it`s a bit bizarre, particularly as the first 80% of the book is very much a first hand account, without people chipping with their views. I enjoyed it very much, however, and highly recommend it to anyone who`s interested in motorbike racing.
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