- An unique, in-depth and richly-illustrated biography of Bill Ivy, Yamaha World Champion
- Featuring details of his TT lap record – the first 100mph lap on a 125cc
- Author PR; POS material; features in Classic Bike, Classic Racer and International Bike Sport News, as well as the national sports sections.
When Bill Ivy was fatally injured while practising for the East German Grand Prix in July 1969,motorcycle racing lost one of its greatest ever competitors. As a tribute to Bill, leading bike author Mick Walker has written Bill Ivy: The Will to Win.
Bill Ivy was certainly not only a great rider, but a unique personality. He had a steely determination to succeed, an almost fearless courage, which meant he never backed away from a challenge, a love of fashion and fast cars – and although only 5 feet 2 inches tall, he more than made up for his lack of stature, by his immense upper body strength, which meant he could cope with any size of motorcycle from a 50cc Itom to a 750cc Norton-engined matchless G15 CSR. It was as a member of the Yamaha factory team that he not only became world champion, but also set the first 100mph TT lap record on a 125cc machine – only a decade after Bob McIntyre had first achieved his feat on a machine with an engine size four times larger!
Bill Ivy: The Will to Win is a fitting tribute to one of the world’s greatest-ever motorcycle racing stars.