Manx Grand Prix – Racing Out of The Shadows Book Review

Manx Grand Prix – Racing Out of The Shadows Book Review

When I first purchased 100 Years of The Manx Grand Prix, Racing Out of The Shadows, I was excited about getting stuck into a publication, that celebrates and some the unique event’s rich, prestigious, lucrative history.

Priced at £25.00 pounds, the book is authored by David Wright, writer of TT themed publications such as Speed at The TT Races: Faster and Faster, 100 Years of The Isle of Man TT.

It’s lengthy, in-depth, ultra-factual, most definitely a book for pure road racing aficionados!

Every era of MGP competition is covered, starting with the meet’s early origins, in the mid 1920’s.

Future TT Champions who started their Mountain Course racing careers, via MGP affiliated action, including Bob McIntyre, Geoff Duke, Phillip McCallen, Phil Read, Nick Jefferies, Ian Hutchinson, Michael Dunlop and Ivan Lintin all prominently feature.

As do, write-ups on scrutineers, marshals, organising committees, the TT scoreboard.

The Newcomers races, first run in 1978, are also covered year on year in succinct, firm detail.

It is a book which doesn’t shout to the reader, it’s balances nicely pictures (over 390 in total) with words.

In terms of the book’s title, Racing Out of The Shadows, at first and for a while for me did not make complete sense, until reading the publication’s final sentence.

Then step by step I realised, yep, I can see why this term is applicable.

One of real road racing’s great survivors, this book is a fitting compendium of the Manx Grand Prix’s existence, one at times that has been rocky, challenging but also so rewarding and inspiring to millions worldwide.

Photo credit: Vic Bates

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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