The Of­fi­cial Pho­to­graphic Cel­e­bra­tion of the Leg­endary Mo­tor­cy­cle Cham­pion

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Barry Sheene is ar­guably the great­est Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing rider of all time. A chancer, lov­able rogue and the lead­ing sports star of his era, adored by the pub­lic and press alike. He won two world mo­tor­cy­cle cham­pi­onships in 1976 and 1977. He achieved iconic sta­tus by be­ing in­volved in some hor­rific crashes and was dubbed ‘the bionic man’ on ac­count of the amount of metal used to re­con­struct his legs af­ter a par­tic­u­larly bad ac­ci­dent. Barry em­i­grated to Aus­tralia in 1987 where he be­came a cel­e­brated motorsport com­men­ta­tor. His pre­ma­ture pass­ing in 2003 to can­cer robbed motorsport of one of its great­est char­ac­ters. For the first time, Barry’s fam­ily agreed to open up their per­sonal ar­chive to give an un­prece­dented in­sight into the two-time 500cc world cham­pion. Through more than 120 pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished per­sonal pho­to­graphs, Times jour­nal­ist and award-win­ning au­thor Rick Broad­bent tells the story of a re­mark­able sports star. Barry’s son Fred­die Sheene pro­vides the Fore­word. Pub­lished to mark the 40th an­niver­sary of his sec­ond world cham­pi­onship win, it pro­vides a unique pic­to­rial ac­count of a life lived at full throt­tle and is an in­tensely per­sonal look at a racer, leg­end, hus­band and fa­ther. The book, pub­lished by Blooms­bury Sport is avail­able from all good book­shops and costs just £20.

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