I had never heard of Gary Hocking until I discovered his grave in a cemetary in Wales. On looking-up his name, my jaw dropped. I had heard of Geoff Duke, and Mike Hailwood, and John Surtees. Yet Hocking had raced against them all, and eventually became double World Champion.I was fascinated to learn of his retirement, at an early stage in his career, and to learn, later, that the explanation so often given for this was far removed from the real reason. Gary's decision to move to car racing because it was safer, only to be killed in a car is a tragic end to the story, and the many suggestions as to how the accident happened are explored.This book is a positive celebration of Gary 'Sox' Hocking's life and career, and the stories, from those that knew him, reveal how he went from riding a motorbike to work, to becoming World Champion - a riveting story, made more so by being told by those who were close to him.With photos covering Hocking's early career, racing Nortons in South Africa, through to his final motorcycle ride, at the 1962 Isle of Man TT - a win which was, in many ways, so important to him - this book is a fitting tribute to a forgotten champion.
Roger Hughes is a TV and radio sports broadcaster with over forty years experience. He has worked as Sports Editor at BBC Radio Merseyside, one of the largest local BBC stations in the UK, Radio Five Live, and after leaving the BBC, Sky television. It was while Roger was at BBC Radio Merseyside, that he produced documentaries about the Isle of Man TT, and soon gained an affection for the motor cycling fraternity. Moving to South Wales, he came across the Gary Hocking story, a gripping tale which needed to be told.
Foreword: To the late Gary Hocking MBE - A tribute by John Wells1 The early years2 A helping hand3 The tracks and the bikes4 Off to Europe5 The big red fire engines6 Joining MV7 The champion8 Isle of Man TT9 The beginning of the end10 Life without bikes11 The final lap12 The legacyList of Gary Hocking's races, compiled by Gary Hocking and sent to Reg DeardenRaces in South Africa after returning from Europe1961 Summer Series in South AfricaGary Hocking's record in major car racesI would like to thank the following ...Bibliography