Sidecar Stars released on CD

By Rob Hull -

 22 May 2009 13:46

Motorcycle racing has produced many sensational superstars.

Perhaps the most spectacular, but most frequently overlooked, are the sidecar crews.

In a series of wonderful recordings - originally released on vinyl LP as ‘The Chairmen’, part of the Stanley Schofield Sound Stories collection - tribute is paid to the extraordinary bravery and ingenuity of the stars of sidecar racing.

These recordings have been carefully digitally remastered and are now available on CD.

Sidecar stars 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.

Sidecar Stars features 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.

Enjoy evocative sounds and celebrate the often unsung heroes of racing.

Sidecar Stars is released 25 May 2009 on CD, priced at £10.76 and will be available from leading video outlets or direct from Duke Video: Tel 01624 640 000, fax 01624 640 001 or email mail@dukevideo.com. Visit www.dukevideo.com online.

For further information, to arrange reader competitions, review copies or digital packshots, please contact Emma Watterson at Duke Video: Tel 01624 640 013, fax 640 001 or email ewatterson@dukevideo.com.