Stealing Speed: The Biggest Spy Scandal in Motorsport History

Stealing Speed: The Biggest Spy Scandal in Motorsport History

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By (author) Mat Oxley

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  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 15mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Somerset
  • ISBN 10: 1844259757
  • ISBN 13: 9781844259755
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 68,957

Product description

Now available in paperback, this highly acclaimed book tells the compelling story of how one of Japan's biggest motorcycle manufacturers stole a Nazi rocket scientist's engine secrets from behind the Iron Curtain to conquer the world. In 1961, with the Cold War at its height, East German motorcycle manufacturer MZ was using World War II rocket technology to win Grands Prix, only for rider Ernst Degner to defect and sell the secrets to Suzuki, while his wife and children were drugged and smuggled through the Berlin Wall. The following year Suzuki and Degner made history by winning the world title. Branded a traitor by the communists, Degner suffered horrific injuries in a fiery racing accident and died in mysterious circumstances.

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A former motorcycle racer and Isle of Man TT winner, Mat Oxley has been writing about bike racing for more than two decades and is the author of Haynes' acclaimed biographies of Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan.

Table of contents

How former Nazi rocketeer Walter Kaaden built the world's fastest motorcycle engines using V-1 rocket technology. How Degner and his co-conspirators plotted the automotive heist of the 20th century. How Degner raced for the world title and carried out his James Bond-style getaway. How Degner and his rivals cheated death - and how some didn't - on the lethal race tracks of the 1960s. How Kaaden's know-how was used by the Japanese to create legendary high-performance street bikes. Includes breathtaking interviews with some of Degner's greatest surviving racetrack rivals.