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Riding Man Paperback – July 3, 2012
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Mark Gardiner is one of the world's most widely-read motorcycle journalists. Besides 'Riding Man', his books include 'Classic Motorcycles', 'BMW Racing Motorcycles: The Mastery of Speed', 'Year of the Raven', and 'Build a Brand Like Trader Joe's'. For more information visit: www.ridingman.com, www.bikewriter.com, www.revolutionaryoldidea.com, www.traderjoessecrets.com
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This is a book for anyone interested in the real Isle of Man TT.
If you are a fan of motorcycling in general, motorcycle racing and history, the development of technology to the service of mankind, you will find wonderful nuggets here. Mr. Gardiner tells you upfront that he is modeling the flow and philosophy from a couple of other classic, very well known works, and then works those quotes into his text like truffles in sauce - the perfect touch to illustrate the segment of the history.
His writing voice is very reminiscent of Peter Mayle, not surprising given that both were in the advertising world, and I mention this a a definite plus - If you like one you are certain to enjoy the other.
Bottom line - buy the book - let it remind you to re-examine your life and goals, and see if the memorial for your life is as fitting as this book is to Mr. Gardiner's up to the date of publication.
Hats off to Mark ( or should I say helmets off) to go and qualify to ride the IOM TT.....Mark gives great insight into possibly the most dangerous event in Motorsports in the world where there is no room for error but can reward a mans greatest sense of achievement......even if your do not finish first and you are just an average bloke....
Great read...loved the book...
Yes, I really enjoyed this book. As a amateur(sportscar)racer and rider myself, I could readily relate to Mark's' thoughts about the hows and whys we compete. I often found myself laughing out loud or shaking my head in agreement. But there is so much more. His stories and observations of the culture of racing, life on the Isle, the history of the TT, and his everyday working life round out this book. Mark is a thinking man's racer as well as an "everyman" living the reality of a dream.
I do have a copy of the documentary "One man's Island" and the book goes much deeper into Marks experiences.