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This is a second-hand soft-cover book.

Condition: There are a few small light finger smudges to the edges of the compressed pages. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 191 x 251 mm
Pages: 510
Publisher: Finish Line Publications
Publication date: 2010
Print run: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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Kim: The Kiwi on the Konig
By Tim Hanna

This is the life story of Kim Newcombe, a little-known Kiwi mechanic who in 1973 came second in the 500cc grand prix motorcycle championship.

In 1969 Kim, a talented scrambles rider, travelled to Berlin where he teamed up with Dieter Konig, a daredevil German hydroplane racer whose family company manufactured outboard motors. The Konig product line-up included a lightweight but powerful four-cylinder, water-cooled, two-stroke engine that became the heart of the bike Kim designed, built, developed and raced.

He launched his one-man assault on the championship against established stars like Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read, and the might of MV Agusta, learning to race on the road and learning the tracks as he went. Incredibly, he achieved second place in just his first full season of grand prix racing, on circuits that were by then extremely dangerous.

Kim's achievements were singular and remarkable, truly worth celebrating. This book takes the reader on an intimate voyage through the times and places Kim lived and raced, offering a unique insight into the world of grand prix racing in the early seventies and the men and women who travelled with the Continental Circus. It is a time remembered by many, in spite of the dangers, as the golden age.

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