12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2002
i've always been irritated by the lack of quality writing about modern motorcycle racing. Biogs of modern racers can be disappointingly shallow chronologies of the racers career, writen for some mythical troglodyte neanderthal race fan.
for that reason i didn't have high hopes when i bought this, despite being a fan of niall's for as long as i've been watching racing (if only you'd been given decent tyres!). If niall was any other racer (the name fogerty springs to mind - what a rubbish book!) you would have been sick of hearing how he didn't get the recognition he deserved, the bike wasn't up to the job, rules were unfair and so on.
but i was really surprised and completely hooked. good read, well written, frank, open and honest. told it like it was with no bull - i couldn't put it down! Niall was a top 500 gp rider, at a time when the bikes were monsters and the grid was full of all time greats. He beat them all. He knows it, they know it, and that's all that matters.
a must have for gp fans, and a good read for any sports fan
and if you, like me, race bikes yourself - then the last three paragraphs are worth the money all by themselves. I've never read anything that so perfectly describes how i feel about racing, why i do it, and why "i love that feeling"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2003
If you haven't had the chance to see the man in action, then make sure you read the book. Stuart Barker is a very accomplished and knowledgeable writer and writes from the racer's (and the fans) viewpoint rather than as a detached observer. A very well written and informative book and well worth the wait for it!
on 1 February 2010
Another great bio and one suspects the same ghost author was involved in the book Hizzy about Steve Hislop...A very enjoyable interesting and entertaining read. I have photos of Nial on the circuit and in the paddock when he raced at Kirkistown in NI many years ago, it was always good to see riders of GP calibre coming to this small part of the world. I think he also did the NW200 and possibly the Ulster Grand Prix. If you are into bike racing you will enjoy his story.
on 24 January 2012
I was lucky enough to meet Mr Mackenzie a few years ago (he was the nicest most down to earth guy!), and have just finished this book. It sums him up completely - funny, honest and bloody talented! It was riveting from cover to cover, full of anecdotes, the highs and lows of his career, and I loved it. Highly recommended to anyone who loves bike racing :-)
on 8 October 2013
Mackenzie is better at laps than writing, but his candid style is informative & enlightening, a must for any racing fan of the 90's / noughties. In real life he really has no ego & is a top gent to his fans, so I found his writing very truthful. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall when he was drinking with Mamola & co.
on 2 July 2012
I read this book in two days whilst on holiday, couldnt put it down, Niall Mackenzie's life as a motorcycle racer really opens your eyes to what really goes on behind the scenes and how political decicions can make or break a career, his tales of his youngster years brought back so many memories. great read...