World Champion Road Racer
By Bill Lomas
Bill Lomas - World Champion Road Racer is Bill 's own story covering the Golden Years of road racing, taking in the Continental Grands Prix, the TT and a winter season in Australia. By the time he retired in 1958, Bill had two World Championships and two TT wins to his name, as well as numerous Grand Prix victories. This book tells it the way it was, what happened behind the scenes at the various factories and races, the highs and the lows of racing as part of the glamorous Continental Circus, and the Camaraderie that existed between many of the riders.
- In the beginning
- Royal Enfield days
- Works Velocettes
- AJS works racers
- JEL special
- Moto Guzzi
- Austrailian adventure
- Record breaking and the V8
Designed and published in 2004 by Redline Books.
I have spent Christmas 2005 devouring this book! It is a fascinating insight into the drama and personalities of the road racing circuit in the post war years. I have always felt that the sign of a good autobiography is that it leaves the reader feeling like they were there - and that is certainly the case with this book. I have to admit to being far too young to be fully versed in the folklore and faces of this period of motorsport, but having just closed the book on the final chapter, and I feel like I know Bill Lomas, Dickie Dale, Fergus Anderson, and any number of colourful characters.
This book isn't a list of race results. It is a vibrant and exciting account of what it was like to race fantastic motorbikes amongst other fantastic riders right up until Bill's retirement in 1958. It is written from a human perspective and is full of humour and a great deal of warmth.
Bill Lomas started racing in the years immediately after the war while still a schoolboy. He went on to be a works rider for Royal Enfield, Velocette, AJS, Matchless, NSU, MV Agusta, Benelli and Moto Guzzi and in fact rode 29 different road racing machines! There are some fascinating stories in this book, including his experience with what must be the world's fastest BSA Bantam!
If you have ever wondered what it must have been like to be a successful road racer, then look no further - this book is one you really must read.