Road racing legend, Grand Prix hero, motorcycling icon
Editor: Richard Skelton
Author and interviewer: Chris Carter, with contributions byColin Seeley, Peter Williams,Sir Robin Miller, contemporary riders and associates.
Foreword: Mike Trimby
Published by: Mortons Media Group Ltd, Media Centre, Morton Way, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 6JR
Tel: 01507 529529
The 1960s was a great period for road racing, with meetings on virtually every weekend and lots of good riders all capable of beating each other – indeed, you never knew who was going to win from one weekend to the next.
But one rider who was exceptional, with his knee-out riding style and red ‘Moon Eyes’ helmet, was Derbyshire’s John Cooper.
Born in 1938, Cooper pursued his dream of two-wheeled triumph by first of all riding in trials and the occasional scramble on his 200cc James.
By the age of 17, he had won his first-ever road race on the suitably converted James, at the Osmarston Manor circuit.
Working in the motorcycle trade, after National Service, he was loaned a BSA Gold Star and various Nortons, before becoming a true privateer.
Read more in the August 2019 issue of TCM – on sale now!