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Chris Carter at Large – Stories from a lifetime in motorcycle racing

Chris Carter at Large – Stories from a lifetime in motorcycle racing
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By Chris Carter & Richard Skelton
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22.5x15.2cm • 224 pages • 100 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845840-91-4

£ 16.99 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• A book about remarkable human beings engaged in an extraordinary activity
• Stories from a lifetime in motorcycle racing
• An upbeat account of a long and quite extraordinary career
• Packed with unique insights, remarkable stories and amusing anecdotes
• A funny, fascinating, insider view of professional motorcycling across six decades
• Recollections and reflections by someone who was actually there
• Funny and engaging, but, nonetheless, a work of serious documentary value
• An honest, frank and direct book from an author deeply involved in motorcycle sport
• Includes forewords by Mike Trimby, Jeff Smith and Steve McLaughlin


Chris Carter has been a journalist, broadcaster, commentator and friend of the star names of international motorcycle sport for more than 60 years.
This book is a wonderful collection of anecdotes –  some tragic, but mostly humorous – documenting a fascinating and unique life spent at the heart of motorcycle sport.


Few people have been as deeply involved in motorcycle sport as Chris Carter, a larger than life character and raconteur who was for a great number of years a journalist, commentator and broadcaster at the very top level of motorcycle sport.
This memoir is a funny, fascinating and unique insider view of professional motorcycling over more than six decades. From scrambling in the 1960s, to four decades of international road racing - including Daytona and Macau - and on to trials and speedway. Packed with remarkable stories and amusing anecdotes, as well as interesting reflections and astute observations, it is a light-hearted, highly readable autobiography which lifts the lid on an extraordinary world.
In past times, racing paddocks were open and friendly, and Chris felt part of a big, happy family. He lived cheek by jowl with the very top riders and shared their triumphs and tragedies; to many, he was a friend and confidante.
Honest, frank and direct, Chris tells things exactly as they were, and provides insights into a fast disappearing world.

Independent Reviews

The stories are peppered with unique insights, many remarkable details and funny anecdotes. It is a book that you'd devour and occasionally stirred you to tears, the one time of deep sadness and other times laughing.
Frans Geurts

He says what he thinks about people, and tells it like it was. A great informative read!

Hiding nothing and telling everything, Chris … has produced a truly mighty winner, and it comes highly recommended.
Old Bike Mart

Chris Carter at his very best ... this book should be at the top of everyone's reading list.
Ian Kerr, freelance reviewer

An in depth, warts and all account of the riders who work hard and play hard ... [an]extremely interesting book ... I learnt a lot from this book and would recommend it without hesitation to those interested in past motorcycle sport.
On The level

A light-hearted book for you to enjoy ... this is not one to leave lying around to impress visitors but I am sure it will spend a lot of time travelling when the same friends borrow it.
Motor Cycling Club

He says what he thinks about people, and tells it like it was. A great and informative read!

This is a rather ‘chaotic’ book ... It goes from one rider, circuit or country to another and back again with little apparent order. But that’s actually a large part of the book’s charm – it’s like sitting down with Chris for a number of hilarious anecdotes and very honest opinion, based on decades spent on the inside of the sport.
Bike Rider Magazine

Sometimes cutting, often funny, always truthful ... a truly enjoyable, informative and fascinating read.

Additional Information

A unique and revealing memoir about top level road racing and motocross over more than six decades.

This book lifts the lid on life in motorcycle sport like no other. Chris Carter has spent a lifetime covering motorcycle sport from right alongside the competitors and their families, in the paddock.

Recollections and reflections from motorcycle history, by someone who was actually there.


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