Some of our regular readers may be familiar with one of the sport's true journalists, Mark Gardiner whom I have had the pleasure of being to help out in the past with some of shots out of my archives over the years. Mark has been kind enough to feature some of my work in the now-defunct RoadRacerX.com and of late while putting together more of his fine pieces on racing's past on Motorcycle-USA.com in his infamous 'Backmarker' column.
A little over six years ago, Mark released a book of his exploits of traveling to and competing in the Isle of Man TT races held annually across the pond for over a century now. That book, 'Riding Man' tells the story through his eyes of how he 'shucked it all' and headed over to compete in the oldest true road racing event in the world and what he went through to live and complete his dream.
Mark just announced that there is now a second printing of 'Riding Man' for us old-types that still prefer the written work in-hand as opposed to reading on an e-reader.
One of the great reads in motorcycle racing, the book details his accounts with the locals, the organization that puts on this great event and living and prepping on the Isle for his debut in the June 2002 version of the classic TT races. The book is highly recommended even for the casual fan of the Isle of Man TT or even of Mark's wonderful work and will give the reader true insight what it is like to take on such a daunting task.
Pictured above is a shot of Mark on his Padgett's Victoria Road Garage Honda CBR600 that he campaigned in the Junior and 600 Production classes at the Isle of Man TT.
Photo courtesy of Mark Gardiner by Island Photographics.
Press release courtesy of Mark Gardiner, 'Riding Man' & Bikewriter.com