Double release for Chaplin
Revered Stamford- based author John Chaplin is coming to a bookshelf near you with two speedway titles.
‘ Ivan Mauger - The Man Behind the Myth’ ( published by History Press, £ 14.99) is the most detailed look at the great Kiwi racer who roared to 15 world titles in speedway and long- track during a glorious racing career.
Chaplin has delved to explore the ‘ real’ Mauger.
Panthers legend Richard Greer and former promoter Peter Oakes are among t he many s peedway f i gures called upon by Chaplin in a collection of first- pers on accounts which are al ways brutally honest, occasionally shocking and sometimes light- hearted.
‘ Speedway Superheroes’ ( published by Halsgrove, £ 19.99) is the fulfilling of a dream as Chaplin finally teamsupwithanotherchampion of the sport past and present.
Here he puts words to the iconic pictures of John Somerville, a man who has amassed the biggest speedway image bank to be found anywhere.
According to the book’s b l u r b t h e d r a ma, t h e romance, t he t r i umphs and the tragedies of the sport’s 84- year existence are here through 37 chapters looking back at the personalities and events of days gone by.