Derek Minter: King of Brands

Derek Minter: King of Brands

by Mick Walker


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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 ‘King of Brands’, 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 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 had ridden for many manufactures, including MZ, Moto Morini, Bianchi, REG, EMC, Honda and Norton.  Derek Minter: King of Brands is a fitting tribute to one of the world’s greatest ever motorcycle racing stars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859836019
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 06/15/2008
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A leading authority on all forms of motorcycle sport, Mick Walker has been a successful racer, tuner and team manager, and still rides regularly. He was a former editor of Motorcycle Enthusiast, and published over 90 books including in this series, Geoff Duke: The Stylish Champion, Bob McIntyre: The Flying Scot and Mike Hailwood: The Fans' Favourite.

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