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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DB Publishing (29 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780912145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780912141
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 1.7 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MICK WALKER is a leading authority on all forms of motorcycle sport, he has been a successful racer, tuner and team manager, and still rides regularly. He was a former editor of Motorcycle Enthusiast, and has published over 100 books including in this series, Derek Minter: The King of Brands, Geoff Duke: The Stylish Champion, Bob McIntyre: The Flying Scot and Giacomo Agostini. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This book was well researched and written, and reminded me just what a brilliant and exciting rider he was, I was taken right back to my youth, there was a lot of information I already knew, but an awful lot more that I did not, the determination and talent of "Mike the bike" were brought to life for me in a book that I whole heartedly recommend to anyone who is interested that unforgettable era of motorcycle racing.
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The original version of this book came from a trio of 'motorcycle champions' titles by Mick Walker. So be careful -- you may already own the hardback version of this book (which was published with a different cover pic, I think). You may find copies of the hardback available secondhand, too.

In both versions, the now departed Mick Walker examines Hailwood's long career, from his first race, aged 17, at Oulton Park in April 1957, to his final race at Mallory Park in June 1979. In the course of his competitive career Mike rode in more races than any other rider, and rode almost any kind of bike to the chequered flag. He straddled everything from a 49cc Itom single-cylinder two-stroke to a 1000cc Dunstall-Suzuki GS1000 four-cylinder superbike. He could switch capacity sizes and makes at the same meeting on the same day and give breathtaking winning performances regardless. Among his many achievements he could count 12 TT victories, 10 world titles and 76 Grand Prix victories.

As ever, you'd be hard pressed to criticise Mick Walker's writing for being superficial or poorly researched. It's extremely detailed - if not quite lap-by-lap then certainly race-by-race - and Mick is really at home when talking about Hailwood's years with Ducati and MV. Mick must now be the greatest authority on racing motorcycles of this period, and I was pleased to find plenty of details about the bikes alongside the anecdotes and lap times. There's an explanation of desmodromics; a profile of Taglioni; the history of the EMC racers; even the background to Walter Kaaden's MZ 250 twin!
Much of this material will be familiar to those who have an extensive library of Mick's other books.
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This is a great read for any racing fan of the Hailwood, Ago, Ivy, Read era. Mick Walker has really done his research and he keeps the reader interested from start to finish. It is a book you will not put down until you have finished reading it...... Buy it and you will not be disappointed -- I promise.
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Mike Hailwood was the best of the best.This book traces his entire road racing career,every race is covered.No other motorcyclist will ever race---and win,on such a diverse selection of motorcycles,from the iconic single cylinder Manx Norton/AJS bangers via 297 Honda 6's to 4 cylinder 2 stroke Suzuki's!
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this was a birthday gift for someone and they where delighted with this book ,some very good photos and pictures, a good buy
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A very good book. Mike Hailwood, was a fantastic rider on the TT course, A legend.
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excellent history of the all time greatest rider!
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