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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book
Not much is known of Freddie Dixon. I bought it to read about not just his racing exploits but also about his business's he was involved in.
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2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING
I bought this title in expectation of more details of this explosive, almost brutish, character's work on Douglas motorcycle development and racing exploits.I found instead a mainly Riley-oriented list of race results, and allusion to his various "improvements" with scant technical details. It does however explain that Dixon was a very secretive man about his tuning...
Published on 29 May 2009 by Douglas Man


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2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING, 29 May 2009
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I bought this title in expectation of more details of this explosive, almost brutish, character's work on Douglas motorcycle development and racing exploits.I found instead a mainly Riley-oriented list of race results, and allusion to his various "improvements" with scant technical details. It does however explain that Dixon was a very secretive man about his tuning refinements. Dixon had few original ideas, but doggedly pursued his theories on induction balance in multi-cylinder engines, and constant weight-reduction.He drove most race vehicles to a standstill, and "retired" was his most frequent race result. I found this book difficult to read, and unworthy of its price. The quality of binding and paper is fine, and the rather scant illustrations are clear.
The cover "caricature" owes more to Les Dawson than Freddie Dixon
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tuning genius undersold, 21 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Freddie Dixon: The Man with the Heart of a Lion (Hardcover)
Freddie Dixon was renowned for his tuning skills but that is not well brought out in this book. As an engineer I found the book too "journalistic" in style with too much about his heavy drinking habits. Also, events in which he took part have lengthy descriptions of how his rivals fared. Frankly I was not interested in reading about them and feel this space should have been given to greater coverage of Dixon's tuning exploits. It falls short in the same way as Kenny's recent book on Amherst Villiers but gives a reasonable account of Dixon's career.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good effort at a biography with few published sources of information, 21 Sep 2013
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Fred Dixon was not a man to speak, or write much, about himself and the author has made a good effort to get behind the public man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book, 15 Feb 2013
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Not much is known of Freddie Dixon. I bought it to read about not just his racing exploits but also about his business's he was involved in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man with the Heart of a Lion, 22 Mar 2012
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This book is very well researched, and the scant existence of interested family descendants must have led the author to access many different sources countrywide. It is written with a technical bias rather than as a 'story' of the man, with lots of racing data etc. I recommend this book as being the first point of information on Freddie Dixon and I appreciate the many hours of work that has gone into it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Freddie Dixon, 10 Feb 2012
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Good book of an interesting guy.
A talented engineer and driver.
The one man to win TT races for 2,3 & 4 wheels
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