• ‘As a racer, he could be close to genius. As a man, he will be much missed.’ Mac McDiarmid (Independent)
• ‘Hizzy became my friend and he was one of the most genuine, open and honest people I’ve ever met’. Stuart Barker
From the Back Cover
Steve Hislop's story is a tale of both triumph and tragedy.
Born to a racing father, Steve was only seventeen when his dad died in his arms. Consumed with grief, he started drinking heavily and crashed so many cars it appeared he had a death wish; it seemed his racing career was over almost before it began.
More tragedy followed when Steve's only brother was killed in a racing accident and Steve was once again plagued by grief. But a trip to the Isle of Man TT races in 1983 so inspired him that he decided to compete there and went behind the backs of family and friends to do so. It was the start of one of the most successful TT careers in history, as Hizzy went on to win 11 races on the most dangerous race track in the world and became the first man to set an average lap speed of over 120mph.
Steve turned his back on the TT in 1994 to try and prove himself in short circuit racing, a discipline many thought he could never master. He proved the doubters wrong by lifting the 250cc British championship in 1990, and the British Superbike championship in 1995.
Hailed as a 'flawed genius' and 'the fastest man ever to sit on a motorcycle' by his peers, Hislop was plagued with bad luck over the next seven years as injuries, sackings and team bust-ups repeatedly ruin his championship hopes.
After surviving a broken neck in 2000 Hizzy felt he'd been given a second chance at life and set about winning the BSB title with a new-found determination. He finally achieved his dream in 2002 – but was sacked from his team just two weeks later.