The remarkable true story of how one of Japans biggest motorcycle manufacturers stole a Nazi rocket scientists engine secrets from behind the Iron Curtain to win the motorcycle power race and conquer the world.In 1961, with the Cold War at its height, East and West were battling for supremacy on the racetracks of Europe Using technology from the Nazis notorious V 1 flying bomb, East German factory MZ built the worlds most powerful race bikes But when MZ rider Ernst Degner was poised to win the world championship he defected and sold MZs secrets to Suzuki, while his wife and children were drugged and smuggled through the Berlin Wall Within months Japan was on its way to ruling the world of motorcycling Branded a traitor by the Communists, Degner suffered horrific injuries in a fiery racing accident and died in mysterious circumstances Stealing Speed is a breathtaking story of racetrack heroics and Cold War skulduggery....
|Title||:||STEALING SPEED: The biggest spy scandal in motorsport history (English Edition)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Mat Oxley 23 Juni 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||469 Pages|
|File Size||:||680 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
STEALING SPEED: The biggest spy scandal in motorsport history (English Edition) Reviews
In dem Buch geht es um den ehemaligen Motorradweltmeister Ernst Degner, der nach seiner Flucht aus der DDR technisches Wissen an die japanische Motorradschmiede Suzuki weitergab. Für den Zweitakt-Papst Walter Kaaden die Enttäuschung seines Lebens, für Ernst Degner ein Schrit in ein Leben mit Höhen und Tiefen. Ob Stealing Speed ein glücklich gewählter Titel ist, ist Ansichtssache.
Wenn man nicht genau wüsste, dass es sich bei der Story um die Realität handelt, würde man sagen, der Autor hat einen spannenden Roman geschrieben. Ost-Deutschland in der Form von MZ beschleunigt die ganze Motorradwelt und krempelt sie um. Und die Stasi guckt in die Röhre.
Eigentlich eine sehr spannende Geschichte, leider sehr schlecht, besser gesagt, nachlässig recherchiert! Bis auf die bekannten Tatsachen der Flucht und des Verrates der MZ Geheimnisse an Suzuki leider voller Vermutungen und wilder Spekulationen, die dem Leser als Tatsachen verkauft werden. Bestes Beispiel: Der an den Haaren herbeigezogene Zusammenhang der Zweitaktentwicklung mit der Raketenschmiede Peenemünde würde sich als Romanstoff wirklich gut machen, das sollte man mal machen. Für ein Sachbuch leider völlig daneben, schade um die gute Story!
Very rarely, you can point to one or two people who completely and dramatically changed something for the better. If you're a motor-head, and especially if you're a motor-head of the two-wheeled variety, and VERY especially if you've ever ridden a super-fast four-stroke motorcycle and wondered why a two-stroke race bike half your size just kicked your ass, this is the book for you. The book tells the whole story behind two men who re-wrote racing history by turning a practically useless engine system into a world-beater that changed motorcycling forever, with a lot of help from a flying bomb. It's complicated. .This is a very well-researched book that traces the real story behind the two-stroke engine revolution - pardon the pun. It's well-written, and you will definitely learn a lot about some of the political intrigue behind racing. And it's fun. Serious fun.
I grew up during the 50s and 60s. I got my first motorcycle in 1967. I've worked on Suzukis professionally since 1974 and even worked for American Suzuki as a service rep from 1981 through 1996. I now teach in the Suzuki program at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Orlando. Yet, even with all that background. most of this story was new to me. I don't find it surprising as the Japanese are masters of copying, refining and improving ideas. Who knew that the 2-strokes we rode and loved in the 70s had their origin in Hitler's "buzz bombs?" This book is a must for any fan/student of early Japanese motorcycles and GP racing in the 60s. It ranks right up there with the story of Kim Newcombe and the Konig. ([...]) Definitely a must read for any serious fan of the era. It's not that thick a book, but packs a lot of history into a few pages.
An entertaining historical account of a German rocket scientist who loved and lived motorcycles who through his intellect and perseverance successively created the modern 2 stroke from the principals and technology of the V-1 rockets of WW2. And how the E. German MZ rider Ernst Degner, defected to the west with a suitcase with all the hard won secrets discovered by Walter Kaaden in the most impoverished situation in motor racing allowing Suzuki to leap frog to a world championship. A story of an under dog winning against the high rolling Italians and Japanese. It should be a movie! This true story has it all, The peak of the cold war, the erection of the Berlin wall, a pivotal time in world history . Sometimes the real heroes are on the other side. .
A thoroughly engaging read. Matt Oxley must have done an immense amount of research, and it shows. A terrific book, one I highly recommend. My only gripe is that I wish I could've bought the hard cover copy, the photos in the paperback are a bit small. Fellow Kiwi Hugh Anderson talks in his autobiography, about how tricky it was to ride the racing Suzukis. He also comments about Ernst Degner, and has a photo of himself & Matt Oxley, post race, from a later period.
A excellent book! I cannot believe this story is not more well known and written about. The story about Ernst Degner is amazing and full of twist and turns, this book should be made into a movie. I enjoyed the story about Walter Kaaden, it makes me appreciate what a great man he really was and receives so little recognition still to this day for his dedication to the advancement of the 2 stroke engine. This book is a fast moving story that I did not want to put down until I was finished. Matt Oxley is a fine writer and gives insight that only a motorcycle racer could, especially when describing the racing action at the Isle of Mann TT.