Classic TT Racers: The Grand Prix Years 1949-1976


Greg Pullen


Classic TT Racers: The Grand Prix Years 1949-1976 is a history and tribute to some of the most important and successful motorcycles that raced during the TT’s years as host of the British round of the motorcycle world championship. Topics include the events and personalities that led to the creation of the race and its challenging course.

The early success of the British motorcycle manufacturers -Norton, Velocette, AJS and Matchless – and their riders are covered as are the origins of the Italian Fours – Gilera and MV Agusta Quattro.  The influence and reign of the Japanese manufacturers – Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki – are discussed.  Finally, details are included of the technical developments that enabled the bikes to conquer the  mountain course with world-record beating times.