Book Review: “Moon Eyes – The John Cooper story”

Road racing legend, Grand Prix hero, motorcycling icon
Editor: Richard Skelton
Author and interviewer: Chris Carter, with contributions byColin Seeley, Peter Williams,Sir Robin Miller, contemporary riders and associates.
Foreword: Mike Trimby
Published by: Mortons Media Group Ltd, Media Centre, Morton Way, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 6JR
www.classicmagazines.co.uk/thebookshelf
Tel: 01507 529529
ISBN: 978-1-911276-95-1
£6.99

The 1960s was a great period for road racing, with meetings on virtually every weekend and lots of good riders all capable of beating each other – indeed, you never knew who was going to win from one weekend to the next.

But one rider who was exceptional, with his knee-out riding style and red ‘Moon Eyes’ helmet, was Derbyshire’s John Cooper.

Born in 1938, Cooper pursued his dream of two-wheeled triumph by first of all riding in trials and the occasional scramble on his 200cc James.

By the age of 17, he had won his first-ever road race on the suitably converted James, at the Osmarston Manor circuit.

Working in the motorcycle trade, after National Service, he was loaned a BSA Gold Star and various Nortons, before becoming a true privateer.

Read more in the August 2019 issue of TCM – on sale now!

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