Motorcycle racing has produced many sensational superstars. Perhaps the most spectacular, but most frequently overlooked, are the sidecar crews. In these wonderful recordings, tribute is paid to the extraordinary bravery and ingenuity of the 'chairmen', the sidecar drivers and passengers.
Originally released on vinyl LP as 'The Chairmen', on the Stanley Schofield Sound Stories label, the recordings have been digitally remastered and are presented here with the original sleeve notes.
This is an examination of why people choose three wheels over two, what it takes to become a passenger, why the 'poor relation' of road racing has a greater sense of community than seen in the solo paddock.
Peter Arnold supplies the commentary and conducts interviews with some of the greatest sidecar stars, including the legendary Eric Oliver, veteran Bill Boddice, World Champion Helmut Fath, renowned passenger Eric Bliss and many more.
However, it is the evocative exhaust notes of some of the most iconic sidecar outfits in racing history which make these recordings so important. We have Freddie Dixon's 1923 TT-winning machine, the fabulous works BMWs, the exotic water-cooled twin of Harry Langman, the Imp of Ray Pollard, the controversial Mini special, the Parkinson speedboat-engined special, plus many sounds from BSA, Triumph, Matchless and more.