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Yamaha's Glorious Grand Prix History Roger Gowenlock

Roger Gowenlock was nicknamed the "Sherlock Holmes of motorcycle racing", after his debut book Yamaha's Glorious Grand Prix History was published in paperback to much critical acclaim.

He has been a fan of motorcycle racing since the age of 12, when he bought his first copy of Motor Cycling in 1954.

Having been bitten by the motorcycling bug, Roger attended his first Isle of Man TT in 1961 watching the likes of Phil Read and Mike Hailwood amongst others from Quarter Bridge and Keppel Gate.

After training as an analytical chemist he spent his working life in the UK water industry until his retirement in 1997, which finally gave him time for his passion; Yamaha racing two strokes.

A life time of collecting books, magazines and old copies of the MCN & MCW weekly papers, created a comprehensive library on the subject of Yamaha’s GP history. For as long as he can remember Roger wanted to bring all the published material and best pictures of Yamaha’s early GP years together in one definitive account. While caring for his seriously ill wife & son he escaped into the wonderful world of motorcycle racing and painstakingly researched and wrote Yamaha’s Glorious Grand Prix History, which he self published to critical acclaim in 2009.

His first bike was a BSA Bantam and he went on to own a Yamaha YDS3 amongst others and presently owns a Yamaha YDS5. Roger Gowenlock, who is a member of the Japanese Vintage Motorcycle Club, lives in Wiltshire in the UK with his wife and has a son (who rides a Yamaha YB 100)

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