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An Age of Superheroes: Ridin' Sideways through GP Racing's Golden Age with Schwantz, Rainey, Doohan, Lawson & Gardner Hardcover – February 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844255832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844255832
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few sports writers bring as much color and insight to their subject as Mat Oxley, the author of our Valentino Rossi books.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. on January 21, 2012
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Mat Oxley chronicles a fairly brief but hugely important period in MotoGP racing by focusing on 5 of the greatest racers of the period: Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, Mick Doohan, and Wayne Gardner. The years 1988 - 1993 saw some of the greatest on-track battles, dominated by former American and Aussie dirt track racers. MotoGP bikes in those days were the real deal -- no electronics, traction control, wheelie control, or ABS. Instead, they were just blinding fast bikes, powered by fire breathing 2 stroke engines, requiring truly skilled riders to tame their considerable bad attitudes to achieve a podium finish.

Oxley provides an overview of the events in each year, then allows the racers themselves to highlight the pivotal on-track moments. Each page is filled with terrific pictures from the period, many not published prior to this book. His approach is compelling, as the riders all bring their individual perspectives on the period, and each comment on the bikes, their rivalries, and the unique atmosphere of the MotoGP circuit during that time.

For current bike racing fans, this is a window into a world that really no longer exists. Motorcycle racing was far more brutal, more raw, and colored by the individual personalities of the riders. This compares with the current MotoGP landscape, where sponsors dictate behaviours, riders train like olympic athletes, and Sunday nights are spent with families (rather than partying in the paddock).

Oxley also addresses the tragedies of that time -- accidents and injuries were far more common (though the racers complained little, and knew that it was part of the job, maybe even what made the job so addictive).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew T. Hnatiw on November 24, 2010
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If you want a book that captures 500cc action from some of the greatest GP riders of all time in the 80's and 90's,buy this book by Oxley,The Best Book on Racing and Photography I have even seen...Amazing..Thanks Mat !
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By grofaz on February 3, 2013
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I knew of matt oxley,s previous efforts as a writer/author,and figured that this book would be a good read,as i rode and raced during this period also and who, really, doesnt regard this as the best of racing times?! And what a book, it is laid out well, and i think the format of having selected a photo of distinction from the riders careers,and then asking the rider involved of his thoughts on that picture is excellent ,and very revealing as well. The pic of Schwantz/Rainey at Hockenheim on the penultimate lap and Schwantz,s comments on it are fabulous...almost as good as watching it unfold on dvd!! Reading Gardner,s comments on his finall year reveal just how determined he could be,and now i know why the japanese called him Mr 100%! Also, there is some background to this era,and its a pity it didnt include Roberts/Spencer/Mamola,but i guess they were a different sort of rider to these five,so maybe Matt could do a sister book on these three? Buy this book,as you wont regret doing so!
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