Motorcycles, Mates and Memories (PB)

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Motorcycles, Mates and Memories (PB)

Motorcycles, Mates and Memories (PB)

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Product code: VE5581Released: 27 April 2021160 pages

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In this motorcycle-themed autobiography, Bill Snelling reflects on his lifetime passion for two-wheeling, recalling the decades of motorcycling mayhem, mud, and madness, that have characterised his 70-odd years 'living the dream,' from his early days, at Arthur Lavington’s Velo shop, to pounding long distance trials, and the many race circuits he’s ridden. Bill admits that he was a better off-road than on tarmac, but he did win one race, atCadwell Park, in 1972!

Having previously worked in motorcycle shops, as an advertising exec at Motorcycle Sport magazine, and as a despatch rider in London, in 1975 he made a visit to the Isle of Man to watch the TT – and has remained there ever since. For over a decade, Bill has also been amassing a huge historical photographic archive, now comprising over a 250,000 images, covering the TTManx Grand PrixSouthern 100 and Andreas Racing, from their inception to date. The collection also includes photos from the Ulster Grand Prix, and selected UK short-circuit meetings held between 1950 and 1955. Many are available to view and buy at

Covering three decades of classic motorcycle racing, with marques such as VelocetteNortonDucatiMorini,Triumph, Bill's passion and experiences as a rider and competitor, combined with original photos from the TT archives, makes Motorcycles, Mates and Memories a great read for anyone interested in classic motorcycle racing.

  • Memories from a lifetime spent in the world of motorcycles and racing
  • A personal account of the golden years of the TT
  • Original photos from the TT archives capture the thrill of the races
  • The author shares his passion and experiences as a rider and Manx Grand Prix competitor
  • An entertaining autobiography from a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, competitor, author and historian


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