Journalists reporting a motocross race in 1976 spoke of the kid who came from nowhere and, like a hurricane, blew past Marty Smith, the rider everyone thought invincible. The name stuck, and 'Hurricane' Bob Hannah was introduced to fans around the country and, soon enough, the world. This is Hannah's story, told by the man who knows him best - a Motorsport writer Hannah simply calls 'Dad'. The tale Tom Madigan tells is the life of an American original, a boy born in the Mojave Desert who went from riding dirt bikes in the desert with his father to taking the nation by surprise as offroad motorcycle racing's first American superstar. In his fifteen-year racing career, Hannah won 70 AMA National championships, with 7 National Championships to his name, three of these in a row!Regarded as the most versatile Motocross racer of all time, he put his successes down to his childhood riding motorbikes in the desert since he was six. He won 4 Nationals in the Trans- AMA series, and successfully competed in International Motocross races on American soil, once quipping that the reason he did not go abroad was that 'they don't serve ice in the drinks out there'.
After breaking a leg in twelve different places whilst water-skiing, his motocross racing career suffered, and he turned to racing planes, and now has his own specialist stunt plane workshop and business. With race details, bike details - from 250 cc upwards - and personal commentary from Hannah and his associates, this is the motor-racing biography of 2008, sure to enthrall all readers with it's adrenalin-powered tales and single-minded determination of the 'Hurricane' rider.
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(276mm x 235mm x 21mm)
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Author Biography - Bob Madigan
Tom Madigan has been part of the California car culture since the end of World War II. As a journalist, he has covered all kinds of motorsports, but his first love has always been the sport in which he participated: Top Fuel drag racing. Madigan is the author of several books, including Motorbooks\u2019 critically acclaimed Fuel and Guts: The Birth of Top Fuel Drag Racing; Edelbrock: Made in the USA; and Hurricane: The Bob Hannah Story. He resides in Sonora, California, with his extremely patient wife, Darlene.Tom Madigan has been part of the California motorsport culture since the beginning. He not only competed against drag racing's pioneers, he has been writing about motorsports since the 1960s as a contributor for Motorcade magazine, a feature editor for Popular Hot Rodding magazine and the author of several books, including Fuel and Guts: The Birth of Top Fuel Drag Racing and Edelbrock: Made in the USA.