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Derek Minter King of Brands Mick Walker Hardcover

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Derek Minter King of Brands Mick Walker Hardcover

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Derek Minter: King of Brands by Mick Walker

Derek Minter started his racing career in 1953 on a BSA Gold Star. His early promise as an inexperienced youngster was very quickly fulfilled. After transferring to a couple of Nortons he soon became æKing of BrandsÆ, succeeding the famous John Surtees. After becoming double British Champion in 1958, two years later he became the first man to lap the Isle of Man TT circuit at over 100mph on a single-cylinder bike. During 1962 he not only became triple British Champion, but also won the 250cc TT on a privately-entered Honda, beating the might of the Honda works team in the process. Then in 1963 he rode for the Geoff Duke Scuderia Gilera squad, and only a crash early in the season prevented him from seriously challenging World Champion Mike Hailwood for the 500cc title. By 1965 he held the lap record for virtually every British short circuit, and by the time he retired at the end of 1967 he had ridden for many manufacturers, including MZ, Moto Morini, Bianchi, REG, EMC, Honda and Norton. Derek Minter: King of Brands is a fitting tribute to one of the worldÆs greatest-ever motorcycle racing stars. Mick Walker is acknowledged as one of the worldÆs leading motorcycle authorities. In a career which has spanned half a century, he has written over 120 books and curated several exhibitions. He has also been a successful racer, tuner, team manager and talent scout. In 1998 he was involved in The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He has been involved in virtually every aspect of the motorcycle industry û even acting as the British importer for several Italian marques, including Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Cagiva. During the 1980s he was editor of Motorcycle Enthusiast magazine, and in 1999 Ducati presented him with a lifetime achievement award, the first of its kind ever made. In 2010 Mick was made president of the Italian Motorcycle Owners Club.

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