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Oliver’s Mount 1977-2017 Book Review

Books that have that personal touch to them for me always provide more authentic stories, a fuller reflection on an individual, topic.

Leslie Moore’s new book Oliver’s Mount 1977-2017 is a prime example of this. The publication details the long standing Road Racing Ireland’s Editor memories of his travels to England’s only closed roads course.

At a glance just some of the topics included in this 206 page book include the Irish Quarter bar, hotel tales great stories in particular revolving around the legendary Joey Dunlop.

Twice World Champion, four times Gold Cup winner Barry Sheene, Yorkshire heroes David Jefferies, Dean Ashton also feature strongly as does multi times World record breaker, fan favourite Guy Martin which the author with the help of Gary Jess helped introduce to Irish road racing.

Added modern era Scarborough greats showcased include 23 times TT winner John McGuinness, reigning Senior TT Champion Dean Harrison, 19 times TT victor Michael Dunlop and the much missed duo of William Dunlop and Daley Mathison.

Those who enjoy looking at yesteryear racing pictures from the 70’s, 80’s are in for a treat with countless great shots featured.

There’s also a fantastic pictorial section by section guide of the 2.43 miles long Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough circuit.

Overall it’s an excellent product Oliver’s Mount 1977-2017, you won’t be bored spending an afternoon, evening, morning reading through the 200 plus pages.

I’d like to also add as well a huge thanks to the author for mentioning me in the people who have visited over the years, the Irish Quarter.

I’ve always and will continue to have great respect for the author (Leslie Moore), one of the few journalists in bike racing who regularly tells it how it is.

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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