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ISBN: 9780857041753
AUTHOR: John Chaplin and John Somerville
Speedway Superheroes
Speedway Superheroes
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This book is by way of a summit meeting between John Chaplin, a career Fleet Street journalist and the world’s best speedway writer, and John Somerville, an enthusiast par excellence, who has amassed the world’s biggest and best speedway image bank.

The dynamic duo, who have long wanted to work together, have now teamed up to bring you the greatest stories about the greatest personalities from the world’s most exciting sport, illustrated with the greatest photographs.

In 37 chapters they cover subjects as diverse as John Mills and Dirk Bogarde as speedway stars on celluloid; Peter Craven’s Pyjamas; Hail to the Leg-trailers; the Duggan Phenomenon; Alice Hart’s Flying Circus; the Low-down on Rocket Bikes, and much, much more.

All the drama, the romance, the triumphs and the tragedies of speedway’s 84-year rollercoaster existence are here . . . in Chaplin’s inimitable words and Somerville’s fabulous pictures.

John Chaplin is generally acknowledged throughout the speedway world to be the leading authority on the history of the sport. An author and broadcaster, his pedigree goes back almost 60 years, and this book is based on his writings during that time, including his acclaimed regular contributions to Speedway Star magazine and his own hugely successful Vintage Speedway magazine.

John Somerville has spent a fortune acquiring from the world’s top speedway photographers their best and most vivid pictures. They appear in publications throughout the world. He is dedicated to preserving the sport’s most iconic images.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 175 3, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2012

 
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Heroes on Track

- 30th September 2012

What a great pairing Chaplin and Somerville. They are really bound to be a 5 - 1 success. Cannot wait to read it.

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Speedway The Classic EraSpeedway The Classic Era - £19.99
Speedway journalist Philip Dalling covers the sport’s first four decades, starting with its early mushroom growth and the subsequent development of league racing, a World Championship, and test matches pitting England against Australia. The book is a fascinating guide to the days when for many the sport was at the height of its interest and appeal.
 
 
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