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Racing Line – British motorcycle racing in the golden age of the big single

Racing Line – British motorcycle racing in the golden age of the big single

By Bob Guntrip
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• Hardback • 22.5x15.2cm • 192 pages • 70 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845847-93-7

£ 19.99 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• 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


Racing Line is the story of big-bike racing in Britain during the 1960s – when the British racing single reached its peak; when exciting racing unfolded at circuits across the land every summer; and when Britain took its last great generation of riding talent and engineering skill to the world.


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.

Independent Reviews

If you have any interest in racing during the 60s, I reckon you’ll just love this one: I did.

Bike Rider magazine

Illustrated with 75 period color and black and white images, Racing Line features some of the best action shots of the day, as well as dramatic portraits of some of the men and machines who made it all happen.

Ultimate MotorCycling

… one of the finest records I have ever read of the unforgettable 1960s racing era … a thoroughly entertaining read … it really does bring those glory years back to life.
Old Bike Mart

… exceptionally well written and really allows you to take a step back in time with gripping accounts of the races and the period … well worth double the £19.99 cover price!
Ian Kerr, freelance reviewer

… a fascinating insight into British motorcycle racing and its characters from WWII up until 1970.

I can thoroughly recommend this book to all those who are interested in motorcycle racing from 1946 to 1970.
On The Level

Additional Information

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.


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