by Jim Scaysbrook
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If you were around in the 'seventies and eighties', chances are you were one of the tens of thousands who flocked to Australia's biggest motorcycling event - 'The Castrol Six Hour Production Race'.
From its inception in 1970 to the final event in 1987, the Six Hour was the one that mattered - the race that drew all the star riders, paid the biggest prizemoney and attracted hours of live national television.
Some of the stars of the Castrol Six Hour Race went on to much greater things - notably Wayne Gardner, winner in 1980 and 1982 and later the 500cc World Champion, Mick Doohan, five times 500cc World Champion and Grand Prix stars like Kevin Magee.
Numerous international competitors raced in the Six Hours, most notably 9-times World Champion Mike Hailwood and Grand Prix winners Mick Grant and John Kocinski.
Now, finally, there is a book that covers the entire race history.
● 1970 - Everything Has to Start Somewhere
● 1971 - Lights, Camera, Action
● 1972 - And the Winner Is ..?
● 1973 - Brilliant Blakey
● 1974 - See You in Court
● 1975 - TKA Takeover
● 1976 - Avon Calling
● 1977 - Eastmure At Last
● 1978 - Where There's a Wheel There's a Way
● 1979 - A Lap a Minute
● 1980 - Tourers No More
● 1981 - Take Your (Dual) Seats
● 1982 - Records Pace, Records Protests
● 1983 - Less is More
● 1984 - A Dry Argument
● 1985 - Year of the Flood
● 1986 - When Push Comes To Shove
● 1987 - The One-Horse Race
● And So, Goodbye
● Hall of Fame (Eighteen Years of Six Hour Winners)
'The Castrol Six Hour Production Race', is written by former competitor and noted historian Jim Scaysbrook. This 240 page hardcover, full colour book is profusely illustrated with great period photographs, entry lists, results and descriptions of each event. It's a fabulous way to relive the memories of the cut and thrust dices, the heroes and the heartbreaks that made the Six Hour an annual classic.
Black & White and Colour illustrations
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