WHEN John McGuinness was 14 years old he told his hero Joey Dunlop that he would stand beside him one day on the Isle of Man TT podium.
John made that prediction come true in 1997 and he went on to become Joey’s team-mate in the Vimto Honda squad in 2000. For over 10 years John has dominated the illustrious races since Joey’s death in 2000.
For the first time he tells the story of his brilliant TT career in his own words in a stunning new book with local photographer and author Stephen Davison called ‘John McGuinness TT Legend’.
And local fans will have the first opportunity to meet John and get their own copy of the book signed by the living legend at the exclusive launch in Ballymoney Town Hall on Saturday October 27.
John will be there with Stephen from noon until 4pm in what will be the world premiere of the book and the only launch in Northern Ireland.
As the most successful living TT rider John has won 19 races over the past decade and is the current holder of the fastest ever TT lap at over 131 mph, securing him the name ‘Mr TT’. With the celebration of his fortieth birthday this year he is chasing his hero Joey Dunlop’s record of 26 TT wins.
In the book McGuinness gives a unique opportunity to share in the highs and lows of his record-breaking career. He talks candidly about the dangers of his sport and the tragedy of losing close friends and opens up about how he has been forced to doubt his place in the sport.
He shares the behind the-scenes story of what it takes to win this great race, personal stories and pictures of family life with his wife and children and the magic, excitement and passion he has for the sport, what it is that keeps him racing. The world’s most famous road racer is telling his story in his own words.
Featuring over 150 of Stephen Davison’s stunning photographs alongside pictures taken from John’s private collection including never before seen images of his childhood, the book charts every part of McGuinness’s TT career from his debut in 1996 to his most recent race in 2012.
John is shown to be a child prodigy featured on his motorbike in The Daily Mirror at the age of four, to the heady days when he stood alongside his childhood hero Joey Dunlop on the podium, and his subsequent wins and lap records.
* Stephen Davison has been a road racing fan since he attended his first race in 1974. He is proud to have covered all 19 of John’s winning TT races.
He is the author of a string of bestselling books, including Joey Dunlop: King of the Roads, Beautiful Danger, Hard Roads and Between the Hedges. Davison has been the recipient of a number of photographic awards, including Northern Ireland Sports Photographer of the Year and Northern Ireland Press Photographer of the Year.