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Yet there was one driver who shared Hailwood’s joie de vivre: James Hunt. [7] He teamed with Dan Shorey to win the Thruxton 500 endurance race and finished well in four classes of TT race with one podium.

"[49], An annual 'Mike Hailwood Memorial Run' was discontinued after the 2011 event. The dust jacket shows slight signs of shelf wear and has a small tear at the bottom right of the front cover. He lived a playboy lifestyle as a jet-setter covering 30,000 road miles and 160,000 air miles in a year travelling to circuits around the world whilst based in his bachelor-flat at Heston, West London, where he kept his high-powered sports cars.

‘I started the race again and it was a nice sunny evening. Elizabeth McCarthy knew him better than most — she dated and loved him before his tragic death. [52][53] Hailwood was the Patron of a small charity – The Joan Seeley Pain Relief Memorial Trust – named in tribute to Colin Seeley's first wife Joan, who died in 1979. They had a German company and also one in Brazil so they wanted Jochen Mass and José Carlos Pace. The cars were big, unwieldy beasts.’. Hailwood's driving suit caught fire, but after being extinguished by a fire marshal he returned to help rescue Regazzoni, an act for which he was awarded the George Medal, the 2nd highest gallantry award that a British civilian can be awarded. The cars raced by Mike the Bike. By 1961, Hailwood was racing for an up-and-coming Japanese factory named Honda.

[6] In heavy rain, Hailwood won the 1965 Hutchinson 100 Production race at the Silverstone circuit on a BSA Lightning Clubman entered by dealer Tom Kirby, beating the Triumph Bonnevilles entered by Syd Lawton. Bikes, cars, trophies, personal memorabilia, slideshows and films as well as guest speakers, all hosted by Mike's son, David Hailwood. [25], In 1970, Hailwood was again lured back into bike racing, this time by the BSA team riding a Rocket 3 at the Daytona 200 race in Florida, part of a strong BSA/Triumph team. He found many of the drivers to be withdrawn and stern, so much so that he once said to Autosport’s Nigel Roebuck: ‘Have you ever seen so many miserable buggers earning half-a-million quid a year?’. [1][16] In that race he set a lap record of 108.77 mph (175.05 km/h) on the Honda RC181, that stood for the next 8 years. We update you with latest information on new car prices from both parallel importers and car authorised dealers with brands such as Aston-Martin, Bristol, TVR, Bentley, Ford, Porsche, Jaguar, Land Rover, Citroen, Tesla, DS, Alfa Romeo, Subaru, Toyota, Acura, Honda, Nissan, Audi, Kia, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Volvo, Mitsubishi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz. Hailwood claimed to have been told by a fortune teller in South Africa that he would not live to 40 and would be killed by a truck. But back to cars…. © 2015.

‘That was fun,’ says Pauline. Mike the bike... in cars Mike Hailwood is remembered for being a multiple motorcycle champion – but his career on four wheels is less often celebrated Words Rachael Clegg Portrait Alamy. Pauline says: ‘There was an accident with Dave Charlton, and Mike caught the tail-end of it and clipped the back of Charlton’s car. This item will be dispatched to UK addresses via second class post within 7 working days of receipt of your order.

Standard UK delivery is currently free, no matter how many items you have in your basket. Hailwood was known as "Mike The Bike" because of his natural riding ability on bikes with a range of engine capacities. Operated by the Mike Hailwood Foundation, an Isle of Man-based charity, it is staffed by volunteers and also promotes the races together with supporting new competitors. 500 cc 1st G. Agostini, MV Agusta, 2nd M. Hailwood, HRS and p. 50 Cesenatico race report, 500 cc, 1st G. Agostini, MV Agusta, 2nd M. Hailwood, Honda Special. [29], Coming from a prosperous background, during his early career Hailwood had enjoyed a privileged lifestyle and even before his move from MV to Honda in 1966 was the world's highest-paid rider. A more recent testament to Mike’s car racing is recalled by his son David. The cars raced by Mike the Bike. That was the end of that. Share this product with your friends and family! Hailwood secured a place with McLaren with its Yardley sponsorship for the ’1974 season and things were looking up. And the whole lot burst into flames. When you are a driver or a rider, one develops a relationship, a “programme”, as to how one relates to a machine. Hailwood remained with Surtees for the 1972 and 1973 GP seasons, driving a TS9B Cosworth and TS14A Cosworth, respectively. [18], For 1968, Honda pulled out of Grand Prix racing, but paid Hailwood £50,000 (equivalent to over £870,000 at 2020 prices) not to ride for another team, in expectation of keeping him as its rider upon return to competition. That’s a mark of the respect other champions had for Mike.’. Most of the teams had 5.0 litres, but that was relatively new and they all bust in no time. Oxfam GB is a member of Oxfam International. He embarked on a full Grand Prix season that year as well, with a second place at Monza and eighth overall in the Championship. [1] In 1958 he won ACU Stars at 125 cc, 250 cc, and 350 cc classes, earning him the Pinhard Prize,[6] an accolade awarded yearly to a young motorcyclist under 21, who is adjudged to have made the most meritorious achievement in motorcycle sport during the preceding year. ‘It was a tragic series of circumstances. He was so modest because there were Giacomo Agostini, John Surtees, Graham Hill, Luigi Taveri and Geoff Duke in the studio and Mike said ‘Look how many world champions are over there’, forgetting about his own achievements. Conditions were poor and Smith was out of the race at slippery Stowe Corner. ‘My arm was totally encased in plaster and his leg was totally encased in plaster. He was particularly fond of detective stories, apparently. [40], On 3 June 1978, after an 11-year hiatus from mainstream motorcycling, Hailwood performed a now-legendary comeback at the Isle of Man TT in the Formula I race, a World Championship class based on large-capacity road machines first introduced for 1977. I remember at Le Mans, I’d hand the car to him and he always said: “I’ll let it quit by early dinner, in time for a glass of wine.” And then he’d turn in, saying “third gear was playing up”.’, Bell and Hailwood’s friendship was cemented during the hours the pair spent driving Hailwood’s beloved Citroën SM. We were talking at Oulton Park and I said “You probably need another motorcyclist to sort things out for you” because Mike never pretended to be mechanical.


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