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Hizzy: The Autobiography of Steve Hislop by [Hislop, Steve]
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• ‘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

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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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1228 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Willow (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FUFAR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
What a fantastic book - having never really liked the man when I met him, reading this book gave me an insight to the kind of person that Steve Hislop really was. A true and genuine person who endured so many things in his life, but this never stopped him from what he loved doing most - Motorcycling.
The 2004 season of racing will not be the same without his unique style.
If you think life has treated you badly - read this book and you will realise that whatever life throws at you, there is always something to look forward to. Inspirational writing.
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By nic on 30 May 2013
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Found this book very interesting and just couldn't put it down, its not just about the sport but about his life which is very interesting. You sit there either at the track or at home watching these men going round and round on the track not realising just what these brave men go through just to do something they love. It does open your eyes to what actually goes on behind the scenes
I know one thing ALL them so called men who play professional football need to take a look at what these motorbike racers do to keep fit and to turn up to riding with broken bones etc, Brave men
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Format: Hardcover
This is the best autobiography I have read so far. Once you start reading it you cannot put it down. It is a tragic story. The number of people he knew who lost their lives is unbelievable yet he still soldiered on. It is an incredible story, of an incredible rider. He mastered the most dangerous circuit on the earth, the TT, won on the rotary norton in 1992 which was said to be impossible. Beat the worlds best on a motorcycle. This man was a legend and one of the best men to have ever swung his leg over a motorcycle. This is his story. This is an absolute must read for any bike racing fan. RIP hizzy. We will miss you
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great insight to the man, learned lots of things that never get much of a mention, from the death of his father ,then his brother and other riders and colleagues who where close to him, how it affected him and how he overcame many more setbacks, a real under valued rider, first class read for al bike fans.
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Format: Paperback
One of the hardest jobs I have ever had to do in journalism was to write an obituary for Steve Hislop. I did not know him well - we only met a few times during the years that I covered the British Superbike Championship for Race24 - but he was always approachable, friendly and helpful, not the image always given of him by the media at large.
This was also a man who could really ride a bike. Setting a lap record - beating none other than Valentino Rossi - is an achievement. But taking the record away from a full-specification GP bike, when riding a year old Superbike? This just doesn't happen. Only a truly special racer could do that. And when he was in the mood, Hizzy was a very special racer.
So what was the man really like? Hizzy: The Autobiography of Steve Hislop goes a long way to filling in the gaps.
The book covers the standard "We were little oiks" stuff that seems to be a requirement of character-building for any bike racer to begin with, but once Steve and his brother are first introduced to bikes, the story picks up with an evident passion.
It is remarkable how Hislop kept on with his racing career after losing a number of friends and indeed his brother at such an early stage. But persevere he did. With remarkable results - first as a TT rider where his achievement in winning on the rotary Norton could quite possibly not have been achieved by anyone else and then moving into short-circuit racing where he recorded titles at British Superbike and World Endurance.
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A fantastic account of life from Hizzy's side of the fence in his own words.
A legend who dominated the roads as well as the short circuits and who lapped Donington Park faster on his Ducati WSB bike than Rossi could manage on his MotoGP Honda.
A really interesting account of his racing days and thoroughly recommended
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I knew Steve personally through racing & spent more than a few hours in his company.
This autobiography is a great read & gives a good insight into what he was all about.
I also know a few things that weren't in the book but what happens in Macau stays in Macau eh!
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Loved it, filled in lots of gaps of the jigsaw for me, and complimented Mackenzie's book too. Recommended to all fans who saw him race, the kind of
People who read the back page of MCN first.
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