Jon Ekerold, from South Africa, won the
350cc Grand Prix World championship as a privateer in
1981 when he beat Toni Mang. He has written and published
his own autobiography called "The Privateer".
Only 4,000 copies of the book have been
With 36 pages of colour and black and
white photos, the 190 page hard-back book is a great
insight into those great days of GP racing.
Order now to receive your personally signed
and dedicated copy, and Jon will dispatch the book personally
to you from his present home in Germany.
"This is the story of
one man's struggle to reach the pinnacle of his sport.
It was, under the circumstances, a dream that appeared
unobtainable, but also one that fired the engine that
drove his desire to succeed. Jon Ekerold was a unique champion. He became the only man ever
to capture the 350 world title without the benefit of
a works machine, and as such his story forms an important
part of motorcycling history. Besides
his own personal tale though, he also provides a fascinating
insight into an
era that was probably the most dangerous period in the
sport. There was another world in motorcycle racing
that was largely passed by as the spot-lights were focused
on the factory stars, and Jon does a fine lob of providing
the reader with an insight of what it was like
part of that world. Well written and highly entertaining,
this book is a must on every true motorcycle racing
Nick Harris - highly respected motorcycle racing journalist and a leading grand
prix TV commentator.
"Jon Ekerold was a larger than life character
at a time when the sport was full of charismatic personalities.
This was the golden age of grand prix racing according
to many experts, and victory, whatever the cost in terms
of pain, sweat and tears, made the winners stand out:
He was a hard, tough cookie who battled against the
odds so many times in his determination to come out
on top. I was proud to have known Jon and his family
and his story is one of self-sacrifice, courage and
skill. Anyone who followed world championship grand
prix racing during the 1970s and 80s will know that
his 350 title did not come easily."
Chris Carter - TV commentator, broadcaster and top-flight journalist in
GP racing for over 30 years.
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