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Isle of Man TT - The Photographic History
As befits an historical reference of this quality, the contents are arranged in approximately chronological order, conveniently grouped primarily in decades from the 1960s onwards. ‘Before the Wars’ and ‘Post War and the 1950s’, each have their own dedicated section. At the back of the book is a clear and simple record of TT results through the ages.
Open this book at any page and you’ll not be disappointed. I guarantee you will linger awhile over the words that set the context and explain the stunning pictures before your eyes. A masterful selection of colour and monochrome photographs of very high quality take you back to the days of dirt roads and through to today’s ultra-fast racing through villages and over The Mountain.
Consistently throughout this book the underlying theme is the people; the islanders who generously host the races, the spectators, the teams, most especially the riders. The spirit of those riders and their harmony with their bikes is so successfully shared through the pages that it is difficult to put down this gem, until another hour has slipped away. It really is that good. My copy has not yet reached my bookshelf, nor does it look like it will, at any time in the near future.
A friend made the mistake of trying to look at this book with me. It would be easier to snatch a bone from a rabid Rottweiler. He then asked if I had a favourite photograph. Without hesitation, I turned to page 89 and the Sports Motorcycles Ducati team, just before the 1978 Formula One TT.
Whatever your interest in motorcycles you really must treat yourself to the tsunami of wonder, delight, pleasure that will stir your soul, from the day you get your hands on your own copy.
Do it now, trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
RC reviewer: Bill Nelson
Isle of Man TT, The Photographic History by Bill Snelling and Michael Scott is published by Carlton Books, ISBN 978-1-78097-634-1. RRP £20; available from Amazon
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