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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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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857333933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857333933
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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For a guy with twenty years of tales to tell I was really disappointed in what he chose to write about.surely having spent so much time with the world's top racers there are far more interesting tales to tell. Anybody who watches Motogp knows where the sport is heading we don't need our senses numbed even more by someone boring us telling us where it's going. Personally I flicked through a lot of this book and tried landing on the pages where I thought a good tale might be told, few and far between. A missed opportunity to pen a riveting read for fans of motorcycle racing. Disappointed.
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Matt Oxley writes for Motorsport which says a lot about him as a writer of some stature, as with that magazine's pedigree they wouldn't entertain some of the clowns who write for today's crop of motorcycle 'comics'. Oxley is a racer of some repute himself, and so he writes from an insider's perspective about the sport and its personalities over the last 20 years. The book is well written and although it dips into Matt's 'diaries' and writings and jumps from subject to subject, it is presented in chronological order and as such perhaps gives a better insight into the 'paddock' and what goes on behind the scenes than a straight forward historical 'who did what and when' would have done. Some swearing, but then its a tough sport peopled by nutters. If you like motorcycle racing, buy the book.
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An anthology of Oxley's columns on Grand Prix Motorcycle racing through the "glory years" of the late 80s and early 90s two-stroke 500s.

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.
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Matt Oxley, former racer turned journalist, has put together a brilliant series of stories from the world of bike racing.
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.
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This is an excellent book full of top-flight motorcycle racing stories up until the mid 2000's by one of the greatest & most respected bike journalist/authors.
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.
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I chose this book because I was going on holiday, wanted a good book to read and I love motorbikes. I enjoyed the good interviews from great motorcyclists such as Rossi.
I would recommend this book to any keen motorcyclists.
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No idea why this book would receive a bad review, so don't understand some of the comments posted. I've been a fan of bike racing for thirty years, and a biker in that time too, and for me this is a great book because it gives you the inside line on the sport, which you don't get that often across other media. Despite following the sport for so long I didn't know most of the stories recanted in the book. It's also chopped up into short anecdotes/stories which makes it very readable. One of the best bike racing books I've read, if the not The best.
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Lets get this out there as soon as possible. If you have any interest whatsoever in bike racing, you will love this book. Its really as simple as that. Mat Oxley proves with every word on every page why he's regarded as one of this country's premier motorcycle journalists. What you get here is 470+ pages of insight and stories from the pinnacle of bike racing with articles about the modern riders like Stoner and Rossi, with interviews with legends like Schwantz, Doohan and Rainey. If you do one thing this weekend, hunt this down, buy it and read it. Its fantastic.
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