|We are excited to be able to bring to you the new ebook of Roger Gowenlock's successful and critically acclaimed book Yamaha's Glorious Grand Prix History: The 1960's Factory Teams
Aptly nicknamed the “Sherlock Holmes” of GP Motorcycle Racing, Roger Gowenlock tells the incredible story of how Yamaha, a company who until 1955 was only known for making musical instruments, came to Europe to dip their toe in the water in 1961 and 1963 and then contest the FIM World Championships from 1964. It portrays the exploits of legendary riders such as Yamaha’s Phil Read, Bill Ivy and Mike Duff as they competed against the Hondas of Mike Hailwood, Jim Redman and Luigi Taveri. They raced on public roads with circuits mostly between 5 and 6 miles long and often in mountainous or hilly terrain which were a true test of man and machine, the likes of which will never be seen again!
Packed with 250 photos, this book offers a definitive insight into the campaigns of the Yamaha factory from 1964 to 1968, with a behind-the-scenes look at the riders, their machines and the inevitable political shenanigans. It also describes Yamaha’s technical expertise in developing twin and V4 disc-valve two-strokes, which enabled them to compete with its rivals and in particular Honda’s 250cc six cylinder four-stroke.