The Sultan of Slide – a privateer’s story details the racing career of Bob Mitchell, the most successful Australian sidecar racer at a Grand Prix level in the history of international sidecar racing.

He was fourth in the world championships in 1956, the highest ranking ever achieved by an Australian sidecar racer.

In Australia, Bob’s win with a 500cc sidecar at an unlimited event at Bathurst has never been repeated.

Bob was dubbed ‘The Sultan of Slide‘ by racing writers and contemporaries because of his unerring control around tight corners, often beginning his slide well before the corner. This tactic generated great praise from the experts, the most appreciated being from the great engine tuner Phil Irving who, after Bob‘s win of the Victorian TT in 1957, told him that his sliding and throttle response was so smooth he couldn’t tell when he started the slide and when he finished the slide and that it was the best display of sidecar riding he had ever seen.

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