The Fast Stuff (paperback edition): Twenty years of top bike racing tales from the world's maddest motorsport Paperback – 4 Jul 2013
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'The read of the year' --Performance Bikes
'Packed full of interviews with legends' --Motorcycle News
'A crackingly entertaining book, full of great stories' --Motor Sport
About the Author
Mat Oxley, author of acclaimed Haynes biographies of Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, has monthly columns in Bike and Performance Bikes, writing dazzling stories that get to the root of the racing psyche. He has interviewed every racer and ridden every GP bike that really mattered.
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I've read some criticism of the book in that it has a sometimes odd selection of stories, but what I've found is that it does really give the flavour of the time. As it's the later part of the book is the time I really got into motorcycle racing, I remember some of the big stories, but perhaps less of the background and flavour of the paddock. This is a great wee read for that kind of flavour.
Not something to sit and devour from cover to cover, but as a book to dip in and out of to remind yourself of an era, or to get a deeper understanding of what was going on behind the results, this is a quality purchase.
I'm tempted to describe his book as one which you can read in snippets but, although in theory a reader could indeed pick it up, read the next article then put it down again, the reality of my experience was that I devoured the book in a couple of days, wandering around my house with it glued to my nose (metaphorically speaking, of course!) and nearly walking into doors, girlfriend, walls, treading on cats etc.
If one story doesn't ripple your waves, be assured that the next one will. My only disappointment was the brevity of the book. Not that it's a particularly short book but I'm sure that Mr Oxley could fill ten such volumes.
Superb reading for anyone but if, like me, you have a passion for motorcycle racing and find the lack of depth of information frustrating, this book will prove to be utterly satisfying.
As an ex-racer himself he not only knows what he's talking about but he has great insight and access to the real stories.
I've been a big racing fan for a long time, yet this book has many stories that even I never knew about, and explains more about the ones I thought I did know.
I'd recommend this book to any bike GP fan. I only hope in the near future there will be a Fast Stuff 2 book full of stories from the mid 2000's onward.
I would recommend this book to any keen motorcyclists.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book about a fantastic sport . May Oxley certainly knows his sport and writes with a passion for itPublished 11 months ago by Dean W.
Brilliant read, come with a few marks but the company gave me compensation and were 1st classPublished 16 months ago by mark e williams