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Sox – Gary Hocking – the forgotten World Motorcycle Champion

Sox – Gary Hocking – the forgotten World Motorcycle Champion

By Roger Hughes
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• Hardback • 21x14.8cm • 176 pages • 70 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845848-62-0

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• The only book written about Gary ‘Sox’ Hocking’s life and career
• A man described as ‘the Barry Sheene of his day, and could have been the Lewis Hamilton’
• Explains in his own words his retirement from motorcycle racing
• Details his start in motorcycle racing, and who helped him along the way
• How he came to Europe, and how he was helped by a motorcycle dealer from Manchester
• Reveals how he took the European circuits by storm and became a works rider
• Hocking’s progression from racing Nortons and MZs, to a works place with MV Agusta
• Covers his historic battles and wins at the Isle of Man TT
• Discusses his retirement from motorcycle racing following the death of his close friend, Tom Phillis
• Includes eyewitness accounts of his fatal accident


Until now, Gary Hocking was the only World Motorcycle Champion of his era without a book dedicated to his life. This book reveals Gary’s life in Rhodesia, how he was helped to become a World Champion, his dedication, and retirement at a young age – and the accident that cost him his life.


I had never heard of Gary Hocking until I discovered his grave in a cemetary in Wales. On looking-up his name, my jaw dropped. I had heard of Geoff Duke, and Mike Hailwood, and John Surtees. Yet Hocking had raced against them all, and eventually became double World Champion.
I was fascinated to learn of his retirement, at an early stage in his career, and to learn, later, that the explanation so often given for this was far removed from the real reason. Gary’s decision to move to car racing because it was safer, only to be killed in a car is a tragic end to the story, and the many suggestions as to how the accident happened are explored.
This book is a positive celebration of Gary ‘Sox’ Hocking’s life and career, and the stories, from those that knew him, reveal how he went from riding a motorbike to work, to becoming World Champion – a riveting story, made more so by being told by those who were close to him.
With photos covering Hocking’s early career, racing Nortons in South Africa, through to his final motorcycle ride, at the 1962 Isle of Man TT – a win which was, in many ways, so important to him – this book is a fitting tribute to a forgotten champion.

Independent Reviews

Hughes has done a superb job in redressing the lack of a book on Hocking and produced a riveting read (based on fact) that has you turning page after page, totally engrossed. This book is a fitting tribute to a forgotten champion who quite rightly will now be remembered.
Ian Kerr

This is a thoroughly fascinating and interesting book about a long forgotten champion and I thoroughly recommend it.
On The Level

There is only enough room to touch on Roger’s moving and comprehensive work here - but believe me, it’s brilliant, with two separate 16-page blocks of glossy black and white photographs ... I would recommend it to every Old Bike Mart reader.
Old Bike Mart

Additional Information

Gary ‘Sox’ Hocking was a World Motorcycle Champion, and could have become the first champion on two wheels, and four.

This is the first book to be written about Gary Hocking, the forgotten champion.

Detailing how Gary Hocking went to Rhodesia, and how he became interested in motorbikes, this book contains recollections from those who helped him in his career, and those that rode against him. Including many previously unpublished photos of Hocking, the book also contains lists of his races, as far as is known, both on bikes and in cars.


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