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TT Titans (Hardback)

The Twenty-Five Greatest Isle of Man Racing Machines

Transport History Sport

By Matthew Richardson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781526710215
Published: 8th May 2018

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Which racing motorcycles or sidecar outfits have made the strongest contributions to the Isle of Man TT over the last century? If you had to choose twenty-five individual machines for a fantasy museum, which ones would they be? Matthew Richardson has made his choices, and describes each one in vivid detail in this perceptive and highly illustrated book. He takes into account extraordinary achievements like lap records, race victories, technical innovations and other milestones in TT and motorcycle history. His selection highlights the engineering excellence and feats of riding skill that have marked so many years of racing on the Mountain Course. As well as examining the most significant machines, he includes profiles of the exceptional men who built and rode them. Modern bikes from BMW, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha are featured alongside the machines that dominated the early years of the TT such as Matchless, Norton and Velocette. The riders who took them to victory include many of the best-known names from every era of the sport – from Stanley Woods, Bob McIntyre and Mike Hailwood to Carl Fogarty, Joey Dunlop, Dave Molyneux and John McGuinness.

I've been really enjoying this new book by Matthew Richardson. Each chapter details (in chronological order) the author's choice of both the machine and its rider that, in his opinion, have had the greatest impact on the history of these races. The author's choice is obviously debatable, but I generally agree with his selections.

A good read!

Roadholder, Magazine of the Norton Owner's Club

Twenty five TT winning machines for £25...well their stories at least. From 1907 through to 2014 there's a huge story going on here with recollections, extracts of interviews, period images, anecdotes and facts... it's all there. Lots of interesting details of the riders and their machines, set against the backgrounds of the time. Two stroke and four stroke are both covered and for once the sidecar boys get good coverage as well. If you like racing it's going to hard to put this one down!

Tansha

If you're at all interested in motorcycle racing, no matter what the era, this is definitely a book for you.

Nacelle

The easy going style of the writing in this book makes it easy to read and is highly informative as to be expected by an archivist at the Manx Museum, well illustrated throughout additionally it is good to learn of the present day whereabouts, if known, of the bikes today.

A brilliant addition to the literature on the Tourist Trophy and for anyone who is interested in motorbikes or just loves the Isle of Man

NetGalley, reviewed by Peter Burnett
 Matthew Richardson

About Matthew Richardson

Matthew Richardson is Curator of Social History at Manx National Heritage. He has a long-term interest in military history and has published several outstanding books on the subject including 1914: Voices from the Battlefields, The Hunger War: Food, Rations and Rationing 1914-1918 and Eyewitness on the Somme 1916. He also has a keen interest in the history of the Isle of Man TT and, in addition to producing several acclaimed exhibitions on this subject, worked with Dave Molyneux on The Racer’s Edge: Memoirs of an Isle of Man TT Legend.

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