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John Surtees: My Incredible Life on Two and Four Wheels (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 26. Juni 2014

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"John Surtees is way, way, before my time. He retired from racing nearly before I was born, but his legacy as the only man to have won the 500cc Grand Prix (MotoGP) title and the F1 car world championship ever in history means he remains relevant even today. Maybe more relevant than ever.

He's written at least two previous autobiographies, but this one, published by the same people who now do Julian's MotoGP Season Review, is basically a large photo book with in-depth captions written by Surtees. It's fantastic. The photo reproductions--most of them in black and white--are beautiful.

I was relieved to see that Surtees' career in bike racing filled nearly half of the book, because my initial fear when seeing the tome was that bikes would be framed as just a series of steps that led him to "real" racing, in F1 and other forms of racing door-slammers. Instead, Surtees gives his life in motorcycle racing full due, and I found the photos and text fascinating. Surtees raced GP when the Norton Manx and those incredible old dustbin-fairing bikes, which looked like two-wheeled jets, filled the grid. When there were no rain tires or even straw bales in places. His memories are pure treasure.

Valentino Rossi writes the forward for this Surtees book. Although his short introductory text reads like it was "phoned in," just that it exists is important enough. You see, Valentino doesn't really give away his old helmets and he doesn't really write forwards to books. But he grew up as an F1 junkie so Rossi certainly knows the impact and accomplishment of Mr. John Surtees.

For me, this book had 'I didn't know that' moments every few pages. I was glad to add it to my bookshelf." - "SuperbikePlanet.com"

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Mike Nicks is a prolific journalist and author who has edited the British publications "Bike," "Classic Bike," "Classic Racer," "Motor Cycle News" and "Classic Car Weekly." In the USA he has worked on "Motor Trend," " Motorcyclist" and "Circle Track" magazines. He has also written on cars, motorcycles, languages and business for the "Guardian," "Observer," "Independent," "Times," " Sunday Times" and "Daily" "Telegraph" newspapers in London. He has known John Surtees since the 1980s, when their shared passions for matters on both two and four wheels ensured a continuing friendship.Valentino Rossi was born on February 16, 1979, in Urbino, Italy. He won his first motorcycle grand prix race at the age of 17, his first world title at 18, and his first MotoGP championship at 22. He currently rides for Yamaha, and his main residence is in central London.


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Von Thomas Nehlert TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 5. August 2014
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Was für ein Buch! Diese Autobiografie von John Surtees, die er zusammen mit Mike Nicks verfasst hat, dürfte eines der Highlights der englischsprachigen Motorsport-Literatur 2014 sein. Chronologisch lässt der charismatische John Surtees seine einzigartige Karriere im Motorrad- und Automobilsport Revue passieren. Hoch interessant sind seine Ausführungen zu seiner Zeit bei Ferrari, tief berührend ist das Kapitel über seinen so früh im Rennwagen tödlich verunglückten Sohn Henry. Die knappen und prägnanten Texte der 15 Kapitel finden in ausführlichen auch in der Ichform gehaltenen Bildunterschriften eine ideale Ergänzung. Schlicht von gigantischer Qualität ist die Illustration. Ausdrucksstarke Porträtaufnahmen, packende Rennsequenzen, stimmungsvolle Eindrücke vom Rande der Rennstrecken, das alles in brillanter Reproduktion, teilweise im großen Format - dieses hochwertige Buch lässt keinen Wunsch offen.
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Qualitativ sehr hochwertiges Buch (gedruckt in England) mit Vorworten von Valentino Rossi und Sebastian Vettel.
Viele beeindruckende schwarz/weiss Fotos aus dem Privatarchiv von John Surtees. Ein sehr zu empfehlendes Buch.
Was Surtees (mehrfacher Motorradweltmeister und Formel 1 Weltmeister) vollbracht hat, wird nach den Worten von Valentino Rossi in Zukunft wohl keiner mehr schaffen.
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Diese Autobiographie ist nicht von von der äußeren Aufmachung her qualitativ sehr hochwertig, sondern auch außerordentlich gelungen, was die Auswahl der Fotos und der entsprechenden Bildunterschriften angeht. Man merkt, dass sehr viel Herzblut in die Gestaltung des Buches gesteckt wurde und bekommt so einen sehr persönlichen Eindruck von der legendären Motorsport-Karriere John Surtees'.
Da die Bildunterschriften knapp und prägnant gehalten sind, ist das Buch sicherlich auch für diejenigen gut geeignet, die nur geringe oder keine Englischkenntnisse haben. Die tollen Bilder sprechen für sich.
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HASH(0x9da7a7bc) von 5 Sternen ... incredible "book of pictures" told the story of this great man's life 13. Oktober 2014
Von Cycleman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This incredible "book of pictures" told the story of this great man's life. The pictures were so good that they told the story, that words could not describe. John identified the people, settings and vehicles, in those pictures. It was like a silent movie, with the script at the bottom.

Great book!
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HASH(0x9da843fc) von 5 Sternen Essential historical record 9. Januar 2015
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This great big book is not a biography or autobiography, which perhaps may come later. It a compendium of thoroughly captioned photographs spanning some of the most significant decades in motorsports, from John Surtees' active racing years from the 1950s to the 1970s and beyond. I was privileged to watch and report on him at many race tracks and was flattered that he quoted me in his first book, "John Surtees SPEED." Valentino Rossi's introduction is testament enough.

Some reviewers have implicitly criticized the book for being `only' a photo collection, as if that approach detracted from the reading and viewing experience. If, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, this could have been a 1,000-page tome. Every page of photographs here is a new and fascinating adventure. Indeed, the only thing missing (what, no CD?) is the sounds of the great machines. Oh yes, and maybe a dash of Castor Oil for nostalgia buffs.

It is difficult to overstate the thoroughness with which the book was created. Few significant elements in John Surtees' career are omitted, starting with his NSU and Vincent motorcycle racing through his Norton and MV world championships and Isle of Man achievements into his four-wheel racing with Lotus, Lola, Cooper, Honda, Ferrari F1, F2 and sports cars, and finally his own cars. Well, all right, one might have hoped for a photo of John Surtees and his father Jack in the tiny Hillman van in which they would, memorably, bring the race bikes to the track.

More than anything, the book, co-created with Mike Nicks, speaks powerfully to the character of a great man who achieved magnificently--as everyone knows, he was the first and almost certainly the only racer ever to achieve MotoGP and Formula 1 world championships on two and four wheels (Rossi comments interestingly and insightfully on the achievement).

It is much more. It enables Surtees' character to shine through: tough, persistent and brilliantly talented, true, but also humble, modest and fundamentally decent in his approach to life, to his racing and to others. In this he contrasts significantly with admittedly great champions from other eras, so driven, so consumed with the need to win that they dealt unethically, even amorally, with the competition. You know them. Surtees never did that, or needed to.

The book ends with a poignant words-and-pictures tribute to Henry Surtees, John's talented racer son, who died so tragically (and, basically, unnecessarily) while racing. The appendix covers Surtees' racing record. This is a very important historical document that anyone interested in two- and/or four-wheel motorsports should acquire
HASH(0x9da84234) von 5 Sternen Multiwheel champion! 17. Januar 2016
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I finally got a copy of John Surtees book. Lots of pictures and remembrances. He lead a great racing life on two wheels and four. He won on many tracks in many different types of cars and bikes. Unlike many drivers today who run only one series and one type of car, Surtees excelled in many types. F1 world champ, Can Am champ. Took many average chassises to the checkered flag. Surviving a life,without modern safety gear, he survived bad crashes but lost his son to a racing accident. Total irony! His racing team, proud example of the genre, lost to economics. He has held his head high and is a true champion! Down side, and I hate to mention these things but there was no information on his TS-17 project to,create a F5000 car with a GAA Cosworth 3.4 ltr v6? there is no mention of Helmutt Koinigg who died racing a Surtees TS-16 at Watkins Glen in 1974. Memory lapses or just too hard to take? I was hoping to see some information on the TS-17 but it never ran and was probably only a thought! The death of Koinigg should be mentioned as a memorial to him from a fellow racer! The pictures are great and thismis his story and a great one!
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HASH(0x9da843cc) von 5 Sternen Mostly pictures, but well worth it 10. Oktober 2014
Von Robert Young - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Well done based on a quick review. Mostly pictures, but they cover my favorite periods for racing both bikes and cars, many that I've not seen before.
HASH(0x9da8666c) von 5 Sternen I really enjoyed. 15. Februar 2015
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Complete history of "Big John" since he was starting racing with his dad and later on the Vincent, all the champiosnhips he won on the MV Agusta, until the unforgettable world champion in 1964 with Ferrari, his relation with the comendattore and ther reason why he split with Ferrari, until the Can Am and later as owner of a F1 team. Well documented and a lot of pictures, some I haven't seen before, chronological order and well explained, I really enjoyed.
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