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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
Amazing story - it'd make an awesome James Bond style movie! Like Jamie Whitham said, I could hardly put the book down. What the racers got upto back in those days was crazy - some very scary stories in here - makes modern racing all seem so tame.
Published on 29 May 2009 by Mr. Julian A. Kessler

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read but...
... Mat Oxley's German is as bad as his proof-reader's. Most German words are misspelled (including some locations). "Null Punkte" for attention to detail for both Oxley and JH Haynes, the publisher.
Published on 31 Oct. 2010 by Mick Regolg


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story, 29 May 2009
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Mr. Julian A. Kessler "zekzek" (Lincoln, England) - See all my reviews
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Amazing story - it'd make an awesome James Bond style movie! Like Jamie Whitham said, I could hardly put the book down. What the racers got upto back in those days was crazy - some very scary stories in here - makes modern racing all seem so tame.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stealing Speed Review, 17 May 2009
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R. S. Boyce (Scunthorpe, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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An excellent read it gives an insight into life under the East German regime at the time and also into Walter Kaaden. It also shows what an engineer he was to get all that performance out in the first place.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 13 Jun. 2009
Good read - great pace, exciting subject, written by someone who knows the subject and has ridden the TT (and won).
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story!, 10 April 2011
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M. S. George "Mike" (North Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Not only is this a great yarn, but personally interesting to me in that I was on the editorial staff of Motor Cycle News in the mid sixties, and met and spoke to many of the characters mentioned. In the seventies I was involved in two-stroke tuning in a small way, and often wondered where Suzuki found so much power. Now I know!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No wonder the Jap two strokes came on so quickly!, 11 July 2010
I would reccmmend this book to any motorcycle enthusiast, it reveals the secret behind the overnight Japanese two stroke success in the 60's! It also provides a brilliant insight into the hardy men of the early days of motorcycle competition especially the legendary names of the TT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Good Read, 8 Jan. 2010
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Read this from cover to cover with hardly a break. Written in a manner that keeps you wanting to know what's on the next page. As the heading says, "A Thoroughly Good Read", (That does not get bogged down with facts and figures).
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5.0 out of 5 stars MZ racing history, 5 Dec. 2009
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Pepe Avanti (Helsinki, Finland) - See all my reviews
If you are interested in RR history,this book will open your eyes how advanced the technology of MZ racing bikes was and help you understand that basics of todays racing two strokes were invention of Walter Kaaden.
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4.0 out of 5 stars motorcycling intrigue, 28 May 2009
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Roderick W. Y. Burris (UK) - See all my reviews
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A compelling story, vital for anyone interested in post war motorcycle racing.Truth is stranger than fiction!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting real life story, 4 April 2010
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Raimo K (Uusikaupunki, Finland) - See all my reviews
The book is well written and contains a lot of new research.
It is amazing what has happened (and still happens) in real life - much more interesting than spy fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is a Steal!, 16 May 2012
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This review is from: Stealing Speed (paperback): The Biggest Spy Scandal in Motorsport History (Paperback)
Ernst Degner was reputedly a 'vain... arrogant daredevil, who looked after number one'. His motivation for defecting from East Germany and selling the secrets of a high-powered two-stroke engine, to Suzuki, was to gain 'freedom (from Communism), a big house, a fancy car and nice clothes'.

The plans of the US for Wernher von Braun (the rocket scientist), who escaped '1,600 tons of high explosives and 300 incendiaries' from the RAF in 1943, were to put him to work on space rockets. A German dictator gave Russia the design specifications for the BMW R-71, under a Non-aggression Pact, in 1939 (hence the Ural clone).

Technology has at times spread widely from the desks of German engineers, for less than sublime reasons. This book is an informed and informative, concise text which covers a segment of motorcycling history, in captivating terms. The 'inner Degner' will best remain somewhat shrouded in the public memory - as will how 100 hp/litre was achieved in a two-stroke engine. However, if you wish to find out about this latter, reading the book will reward you.
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