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Summary

Champion motorcyclist and truck racer, television presenter, practical joker or just plain survivor - Steve Parrish has been called them all. Parrish Times tracks his amazing journey over the last four decades, through a rollercoaster ride of emotions in surely the most dangerous and exhilarating sporting arena there is.

The first phase of Steve's life sees him in the 1970s competing for the world motorcycle championship with legendary team mate Barry Sheene on a Suzuki. Then after retiring from motorcycle racing in 1986, Steve manages a successful Yamaha factory team to three British Superbike Championship titles and starts a successful truck racing career, taking both the European and British Truck Racing titles in 1990. He became the most successful truck racer ever, retiring in 2002. Steve also proved to be a natural commentator, first for BBC radio, then transferring to television with Sky, ITV and Eurosport. 

Against this backdrop of sporting triumph are the notorious pranks: posing as a medical doctor to allow John Hopkins to fly from Japan to the Australian GP; impersonating Barry Sheene in a qualifying session; owning a fire engine, a hearse, and an ambulance - parking it on double yellow lines with the doors open in visits to his local bank.

It's a funny, hell-raising account of life - and death - in the fast lane that will keep readers enthralled to the end. Barry Sheene's final words to his best friend sum it up: 'Neither of us will die wondering.'

Written and read by Steve Parrish.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2018 Steve Parrish (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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My life in joke shops

The book is at its best when he talks wittily and candidly about the mortal fear of racing, and what separates the good from the best. But sadly it doesn't shed much light on the 70s GP paddock, the tracks, races, bikes or what it was like to ride them. It almost skips past 75-85. I wasn't expecting award winning journalism, but I was expecting this book to be about racing. Instead, we get lots of hoary tales, but they are all basically the same practical joke, perpetrated by Parrish on others, or by others on him, over and over again. Occasionally very funny but it wears thin and gets annoying. The best of these are when others - Sheene, Hopper, Charlie Cox - are in on it, but most of the 'pranks' are just idiotic and cruel. Narrated with the care and attention of somebody who had better things to do. And one mystery remains unanswered: why during his commentary did he tell us there's no 'ship to shore' radio in motogp every single race for 5 years?

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An exceptionaly well delivered story

Any 50 something man or woman into bike racing will love this. So funny and nostalgic. But most of all, so one we can relate too. Thanks Steve. Legend.

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very very funny, highly recommended for anyone

Steve is a fantastic narrator and the tales of his infamous jokes will have you in tears if laughter

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Just great

The best listen I have had this year .Steve Parrish is a bit of a hero of mine so I loved the it.

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Couldn’t put it down

I laughed so much listening to this book, and listened to the whole book in 1 day not wanting to put it down
Initially I felt like Steve should take a breath now and again, but got used to it and that kept the attention and entertainment level high.
Reading it himself probably made it even better, as it was almost like listening to takes in the pub.
Really enjoyed the humour and the prank stories
Has made me look back on some items on YouTube
The only negative, it finish far too soon

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Best ever

I cant remember when I laughed so much. You should put two new letters after your name: O P - for Original Prankster

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  • 10-10-18

Best book I’ve listened to so far!

My daily commute to work taks 1,5 hours and I was actually keen to get into my car just so I could continue listening!

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  • Danielle
  • 26-09-18

great book

great book with tons of funny stories and a good look behind the scenes during a special time in motorcycle racing history