Unseen pics & untold tales of the infamous Barry Sheene

Published: 09 August 2017

In this special MCN Sport tribute to the genius that was racing legend Barry Sheene.

We hear from other riding superstars like Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and Kenny Roberts on what they thought of the great man and why even his rivals respected him.  

We discover the genius of Sheene, from a cheeky young racer making waves in the early seventies, to his remarkable recovery from a horrific crash during practice for the British Grand Prix, to racing again just seven weeks later.

MCN Sport: Barry Sheene is available now in all good newsagents or online at Greatmagazines.co.uk/motorcycling

 

Away from the track we hear from his best mate Steve Parrish on their unshakable friendship and the havoc they caused together in the GP paddocks and the nightclubs of London.

We talk to his son Freddie on finding his way after losing his dad aged just 14 and his sister Maggie on the sibling rivalry, fights and incredible memories.  

Bazza had a special relationship with MCN. Both the newspaper’s former Editor and Sports Reporter tell us what he was like to work with. He wrote a column for MCN and we’ve included some of his best, plus excerpts from a new book and tons of facts and figures about his brilliant racing career. 

We also take a look at his race bikes and find out how Sheene turned the evil RG500 into a championship-winning bike that legendary Suzuki mechanics have lovingly restored and brought back to life. Former MCN News Reporter Stuart Barker goes for a ride round London with Sheene on his two road bikes - an MV Augusta and Cagiva Raptor.  

The standard edition is priced £5.99, or choose one of the numbered 500 limited edition Collector’s Specials which also contains a huge glossy poster of Barry Sheen and is signed by Steve Parrish who has written the foreword.

Barry Sheene bookazine out now!