Book Review

Nigel Devereux
September 14, 2019

Peter Williams – Designed to Race
Revised edition
Author: Peter Williams
Designed and published by: Redline Books
Available only from Peter Williams, who will supply signed copies if requested.
Hardback, 225 x 285mm, 286 pages, with over 250 photographs and illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-9555278-8-3
£35 plus p&p

Peter Williams was, in his day, one of the best road racers of the time and a TT rider par excellence – and is one of that small band of sportsmen who can be called ‘the best never to win a world championship.’

Peter’s unique career in the 1960s and 70s as racer, designer and development engineer, culminated in many great victories on bikes from 125cc to 750cc.

For two months in 1967 he led the 500cc class of the world championship on his single-cylinder Arter Matchless Special, against the much more powerful Honda and MV Agusta multis.

Just when he was, perhaps, due for a works ride, the Japanese withdrew from Grand Prix road racing and Peter joined the re-emergent manufacturer of Norton.

Read more of this Review plus Letters, Opinion, News and Features in the October 2019 issue of TCM – on sale now!

About the Author

Nigel Devereux

Nigel Devereux is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, working in the School of English and Journalism. He has worked within the print publishing industry for 38 years. Nigel was editor of his hometown newspaper - The Horncastle News - from 1998-2001. Nigel is currently the Production Editor on The Railway Magazine, the UK’s biggest selling magazine for railway enthusiasts. He is also responsible for maintaining and updating several websites across the Mortons portfolio. 01507 529529 |

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