The decade between 1960 and 1970 saw British racing singles reach the peak of their development, a time in which exciting racing unfolded at circuits across the land every weekend, and the decade of Bob McIntyre, Derek Minter, Mike Hailwood, Phil Read, Bill Ivy and Peter Williams.
Racing Line documents the period from the introduction of the G50 Matchless, up to the advent of the Yamaha TR2, and the birth of the two-stroke era – a period of immense change. Britain during the 1960s wasn’t only a nation of pop music and fashion; it was a decade crammed with the most competitive racing in the history of motorcycle sport. Racing Line tells this story – the riders, the machines, the drama and the excitement.
This book is a unique record of the British big-bike racing ’60s, when the country’s last great generation of riding and engineering talent combined to dominate the sport.
Tells the story of the last great decade in British motorcyle racing – of Minter, Hailwood, McIntyre, and the epic races that defined the era.
Includes comprehensive race results, and rare photographs.
• British racing of the ’60s in facts and figures
• Tuners’ tales: making fast bikes faster
• On track: the evolution of Britain’s race circuits
• Charting the great rivalries: Minter v McIntyre, Hailwood v Read
• Reliving the toughest races of the decade
• The irresistible rise of Production racing
• Aermacchi: how a lightweight Italian single challenged Britain’s heavy brigade
• Private ventures: the sagas of the Weslake and Lynton engines
• Game changer: the advent of Yamaha’s TR2 super two-stroke