Mike Hailwood

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Mike Hailwood
Mike Hailwood.jpg
TT Assen, 21 June 1967
Nationality English
Born (1940-04-02)2 April 1940
Died 23 March 1981(1981-03-23) (aged 40)
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 19581967
First race 1958 250cc Isle of Man TT
Last race 1967 350cc Japanese Grand Prix
First win 1959 125cc Ulster Grand Prix
Last win 1967 350cc Japanese Grand Prix
Team(s) Honda, MV Agusta
Championships 250cc - 1961, 1966, 1967
350cc - 1966, 1967
500cc -1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
152 76 112 N/A 79
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested 12 (1958 - 1967, 1978, 1979)
TT wins 14
First TT win 1961 Lightweight 125 TT
Last TT win 1979 Senior TT
Podiums 19
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1963 - 1965, 1971 - 1974
Teams Lotus, Lola, Surtees, McLaren
Races 50
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 2
Career points 29
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 1963 British Grand Prix
Last race 1974 German Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1969-1970, 1973-1974
Teams John Wyer Automotive Engineering, Gulf Research Racing
Best finish 3rd (1969)
Class wins 0

Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood, MBE, GM (2 April 1940 – 23 March 1981) was a British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer regarded by many as one of the greatest racers of all time.[1][2]

Hailwood was known as "Mike The Bike" because of his natural riding ability on bikes with a range of engine capacities.[3][4] Later in his career he went on to compete in Formula One and other classes of car racing, becoming one of the few men to compete at Grand Prix level in both motorcycle and car racing.

He died following a road traffic accident in Warwickshire, England.

Early life[edit]

Hailwood was born at Langsmeade House, Great Milton in Oxfordshire, His father, who also raced in the pre-World War II era, was a successful motorcycle dealer and Hailwood had a comfortable upbringing.[1] He learned to ride at a young age on a minibike as a small boy in a field near his home.[1] He was educated at Pangbourne College, but left early and worked for a short time in the family business before his father sent him to work at Triumph motorcycles.[2]

Motorcycle racing career[edit]

Hailwood first raced on 22 April 1957, at Oulton Park. Barely 17, he finished in 11th place, but was soon posting successful results.[1] In 1958, he teamed with Dan Shorey to win the Thruxton 500 endurance race and finished well in four classes of TT race with one podium.

Honda RC162 as ridden by Hailwood in 1961

By 1961, Hailwood was racing for an up-and-coming Japanese factory named Honda. In June 1961, he became the first man in the history of the Isle of Man TT to win three races in one week when he won in the 125 cc, 250 cc and 500 cc categories.[5] He lost the chance at winning a fourth race when his 350 AJS broke down with a broken gudgeon pin whilst leading. Riding a four-stroke, four-cylinder 250 cc Honda, Hailwood won the 1961 250cc world championship.[6]

In 1962, Hailwood signed with MV Agusta and went on to become the first rider to win four consecutive 500cc World Championships.[1][6]

In February 1964 during preparations for the US Grand Prix, Hailwood set a new one-hour speed record on the MV 500 cc recording an average speed of 144.8 mph (233.0 km/h) on the oval-shaped, banked speed-bowl at the Daytona circuit. The previous record of 143 mph (230 km/h) was set by Bob McIntyre on a 350 cc Gilera at Monza in 1957. Hailwood then went on to win the GP race, which carried World Championship points, in the afternoon of the same day.[7]

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.[8] The 'Hutch' was a main production race of the season along with the Thruxton 500, so it was very important for manufacturers to establish the racing potential of their recent models. As this was production-based racing open to all entrants, 'official' works teams were inelligible; instead, machines were prepared and entered through well-established factory dealers. BSA Lightning Clubmans were ridden by Hailwood (carrying number 1 on the fairing) and factory rider Tony Smith, whilst Triumph Bonnevilles were ridden by World Champion Phil Read and works employee Percy Tait. Conditions were poor and Smith was out of the race at slippery Stowe Corner. With little regard for the rain, Hailwood was achieving laps of 83 mph (134 km/h) to establish his winning lead.[9][10]

After his successes with MV Agusta, Hailwood went back to Honda and won four more world titles in 1966 and 1967 in the 250 cc and 350 cc categories.[1][6] At the 'Motor Cycle' 500 race at Brands Hatch in 1966, Hailwood demonstrated a Honda CB450 Black Bomber fitted with a sports fairing.[11] It was unable to compete in the 500cc category, the FIM deeming it was not classified as a production machine as it had two overhead camshafts.[12]

Hailwood is remembered for his accomplishments at the famed Isle of Man TT. By 1967, he had won 12 times on the island mountain course.[6] He won what many historians consider to be the most dramatic Isle of Man race of all time, the 1967 Senior TT against his great rival, Giacomo Agostini.[1][13] 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.[1][14]

After suffering breakdowns in 1967, Hailwood had intended to re-sign for Honda provided the 1968 machinery was to his satisfaction, and had relocated to South Africa where he started a building business with former motorcycle Grand Prix rider Frank Perris, completing their first house in October 1967, also selling one to ex-racer Jim Redman. Hailwood stated to Motorcycle Mechanics that even without suitable machinery from Honda he would not go elsewhere, preferring to retire prematurely and he would in any case finish at the end of the 1968 season.[15]

For 1968, Honda pulled out of Grand Prix racing, but paid Hailwood £50,000 (equivalent to over £620,000 or US$1.1m at 2006 prices) not to ride for another team, in expectation of keeping him as its rider upon return to competition.[1][16]

Hailwood (63) and Agostini (1) in the 1969 500 cc race at Riccione street circuit, part of the Temporada Romagnola Italian series of street-races

Hailwood continued to ride Hondas during 1968 and 1969 in selected race meetings without World Championship status including European events in the Temporada Romagnola (Adriatic Season of street-circuits), sometimes wearing an unfamiliar plain-silver helmet, including on a 500 cc engined machine which used frames privately-commissioned by Hailwood.[17][18]

Hailwood also appeared in selected UK events, in 1968 appearing in the post-TT race at Mallory Park on a Honda,[19] and in 1969 he participated in the Mallory Park Race of the Year riding a Seeley[20]

He had already started to race cars and with no other factory racing teams available to compete against MV Agusta,[18] Hailwood decided to pursue a career in car racing, placing third in the 1969 Le Mans 24-Hour race in France as a co-driver of a Ford GT40 with David Hobbs.[21]

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. Whilst placed at the head of the field the machine soon failed due to overheating.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Coming from a prosperous background, during his early career Hailwood had enjoyed a priveleged lifestyle and even before his move from MV to Honda in 1966 was the world's highest-paid rider. 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 Heston, London bachelor-flat where he kept his high-powered sports cars.[15][23]

After relocating to South Africa in 1967, he confirmed to Motorcycle Mechanics in 1968 that he would only be spending the same length of time there as in the previous eight years when he spent two winter months staying at the farm of racer Paddy Driver near Johannesburg. Hailwood also stated "And as far as marriage goes—that's strictly for the birds!"[15]

He had two children - daughter Michelle in 1971[24] and son David. He married their mother, model Pauline, on 11 June 1975.[25]

Car racing career[edit]

During his car racing career, Hailwood never achieved the same level of success that he had on motorcycles. He posted respectable results in Formula One and World Sports Cars. He won the 1972 Formula Two European title and earned a podium finish at the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans.[26][27] Hailwood participated in 50 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting in the British Grand Prix on 20 July 1963. He achieved two podium finishes, and scored a total of 29 championship points.[28] Hailwood was in contention for a victory at his first Formula One race in 6 years, the 1971 Italian Grand Prix. He and 3 other drivers finished 1-2-3-4 over two-tenths of a second, Hailwood finishing fourth. Hailwood was recognised for his bravery when in the 1973 South African Grand Prix he went to pull Clay Regazzoni from his burning car after the two collided on the second lap of the race. Hailwood's driving suit caught fire, but after being extinguished by a fire marshall 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.[29] He left Formula One after being injured badly at the 1974 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring and retired to New Zealand.[30]

Comeback[edit]

On June 3, 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 class based on large-capacity road machines.[1][2][30] Few observers believed the 38-year-old would be competitive after such a long absence. Riding a Ducati 900SS provided by Manchester (UK) dealership Sports Motorcycles, he was not only competitive, but managed a hugely popular win.[14][31][32]

He raced the following year at the Isle of Man TT before retiring for good at the age of 39. In that final Isle of Man appearance, Hailwood rode a two-stroke Suzuki RG 500 to victory in the Senior TT.[14] He then opted to use that same 500cc bike in the Unlimited Classic and diced for the lead with Alex George (1100cc Honda) for all 6 laps in yet another TT epic. A minute or two apart on the road, they were rarely a few seconds apart on time each lap, Hailwood losing by just 2 seconds.

Death[edit]

Following his retirement from motor sport, in late 1979 Hailwood established a Honda-based retail motorcycle dealership in Birmingham named Hailwood and Gould, in partnership with former-racer Rodney Gould.

On Saturday 21 March 1981, Hailwood set off in his Rover SD1 with his children Michelle and David to collect some fish and chips. As they returned along the A435 Alcester Road through Portway Warwickshire near their home in Tanworth-in-Arden, a truck made an illegal turn through the barriers onto the central reservation, and their car collided with it. Michelle, aged nine, was killed instantly. Mike and David were taken to hospital, where Mike died two days later from severe internal injuries.[33] He was 40 years old. David survived with minor injuries. The truck driver was fined £100.

Hailwood claimed to have been told by a fortune teller in South Africa that he wouldn't live to 40 and would be killed by a truck. The story was repeated by Elizabeth McCarthy in a 1981 memoir, while recounting her relationship with Hailwood, whom she had met at the Canadian Grand Prix in 1967. When he asked her hand in marriage, she replied that she was hesitant to marry someone who could die at any weekend race. He then told her his story and said; "...so you see, it won't happen on a track."[34]

Legacy[edit]

1984 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica

An annual 'Mike Hailwood Memorial Run' was discontinued after the 2011 event.[35] The starting point was the former Norton factory in Aston, Birmingham, then on to Portway, where the accident occurred, continuing to the church in Tanworth-in-Arden where Mike and Michelle are buried together.[36] The 25th anniversary of this tragic accident was in 2006.

Hailwood retired with 76 Grand Prix victories, 112 Grand Prix podiums, 14 Isle of Man TT wins and 9 World Championships, including 37 Grand Prix wins, 48 Grand Prix podiums, 6 Isle of Man TT wins and 4 World Championships in 500cc.[6] He was awarded the Segrave Trophy in 1979.[37] The FIM named him a Grand Prix "Legend" in 2000.[38] He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2001.[1][39]

After Hailwood's victory at the 1978 Isle of Man Formula One motorcycle race, Ducati offered a 900SS-based Mike Hailwood Replica for sale. Approximately 7,000 were sold.[40]

In 1981, part of the TT course was named Hailwood's Height in his honour.

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[6][14][edit]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points Rank Wins
1958 125 cc Paton IOM
7
BEL
-
GER
-
SWE
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
Ducati NED
10
250 cc NSU IOM
3
NED
4
GER
Ret
SWE
2
ULS
Ret
NAT
-
13 4th 0
350 cc Norton IOM
12
NED
5
BEL
-
GER
4
SWE
3
ULS
8
NAT
-
9 6th 0
500 cc Norton IOM
13
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
SWE
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
1959 125 cc Ducati IOM
3
GER
3
NED
3
BEL
Ret
SWE
4
ULS
1
NAT
8
20 3rd 1
250 cc FB-Mondial IOM
Ret
GER
5
NED
4
SWE
5
ULS
2
13 5th 0
MZ NAT
9
350 cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
Ret
GER
-
2 13th 0
AJS SWE
5
ULS
Ret
NAT
-
500 cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
Ret
GER
-
NED
-
BEL
13
ULS
-
NAT
Ret
0 - 0
1960 125 cc Ducati IOM
Ret
NED
8
BEL
6
ULS
-
NAT
-
1 10th 0
250 cc Ducati IOM
Ret
BEL
4
GER
-
ULS
4
NAT
Ret
8 5th 0
FB-Mondial NED
5
350 cc AJS FRA
-
IOM
Ret
NED
-
ULS
-
0 - 0
Ducati NAT
Ret
500 cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
3
NED
5
BEL
4
GER
-
ULS
Ret
NAT
3
13 6th 0
1961 125 cc EMC ESP
4
GER
Ret
FRA
4
16 6th 1
Honda IOM
1
NED
Ret
BEL
Ret
DDR
Ret
ULS
5
NAT
-
SWE
-
ARG
-
250 cc FB-Mondial ESP
Ret
44 1st 4
Honda GER
8
FRA
2
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
3
DDR
1
ULS
2
NAT
2
SWE
1
ARG
-
350 cc AJS GER
Ret
IOM
Ret
NED
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
6 8th 0
MV Agusta NAT
2
SWE
7
500 cc Norton GER
4
FRA
2
IOM
1
NED
2
BEL
2
DDR
2
ULS
2
40 2nd 2
MV Agusta NAT
1
SWE
2
ARG
-
1962 125 cc EMC ESP
4
FRA
Ret
IOM
Ret
NED
5
BEL
4
GER
3
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
Ret
FIN
-
ARG
-
12 5th 0
MZ FIN
Ret
250 cc Benelli ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
Ret
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
NAT
Ret
ARG
-
0 - 0
MZ DDR
2
350 cc MV Agusta IOM
1
NED
2
ULS
Ret
DDR
2
NAT
-
FIN
-
20 3rd 1
500 cc MV Agusta IOM
12
NED
1
BEL
1
ULS
1
DDR
1
NAT
1
FIN
-
ARG
-
40 1st 5
1963 250 cc MZ ESP
-
GER
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
DDR
1
NAT
-
ARG
-
JPN
-
8 8th 1
350 cc MV Agusta GER
-
IOM
Ret
NED
2
ULS
2
DDR
1
FIN
1
NAT
Ret
28 2nd 2
500 cc MV Agusta IOM
1
NED
Ret
BEL
1
ULS
1
DDR
1
FIN
1
NAT
1
ARG
1
56 1st 7
1964 250 cc MZ USA
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
DDR
Ret
ULS
-
NAT
-
JPN
5
2 20th 0
350 cc MV Agusta IOM
-
NED
2
GER
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
JPN
2
12 4th 0
500 cc MV Agusta USA
1
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
1
GER
1
DDR
1
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
1
40 1st 7
1965 250 cc Honda USA
-
GER
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
JPN
1
8 10th 1
350 cc MV Agusta GER
2
IOM
Ret
NED
2
DDR
Ret
CZE
Ret
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
Ret
JPN
1
20 3rd 1
500 cc MV Agusta USA
1
GER
1
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
1
DDR
1
CZE
1
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
1
48 1st 8
1966 125 cc Honda ESP
-
GER
-
NED
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
IOM
6
NAT
-
JPN
-
1 15th 0
250 cc Honda ESP
1
GER
1
FRA
1
NED
1
BEL
1
DDR
1
CZE
1
FIN
1
ULS
-
IOM
1
NAT
1
JPN
-
56 1st 10
350 cc Honda GER
1
FRA
1
NED
1
DDR
Ret
CZE
1
FIN
1
ULS
1
IOM
Ret
NAT
-
JPN
-
48 1st 6
500 cc Honda GER
-
NED
Ret
BEL
Ret
DDR
Ret
CZE
1
FIN
2
ULS
1
IOM
1
NAT
Ret
30 2nd 3
1967 250 cc Honda ESP
Ret
GER
-
FRA
3
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
2
DDR
Ret
CZE
3
FIN
1
ULS
1
NAT
Ret
CAN
1
JPN
Ret
50 1st 5
350 cc Honda GER
1
IOM
1
NED
1
DDR
1
CZE
1
ULS
-
NAT
-
JPN
1
40 1st 6
500 cc Honda GER
Ret
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
2
DDR
Ret
CZE
1
FIN
Ret
ULS
1
NAT
2
CAN
1
46 2nd 5

Complete Formula One results[28][edit]

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Pts.
1963 Reg Parnell Racing Lotus 24 Climax MON BEL NED FRA GBR
8
GER NC 0
Lola Mk4 Climax ITA
10
USA MEX RSA
1964 Reg Parnell Racing Lotus 25 BRM MON
6
NED
12
BEL FRA
8
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
8
ITA
Ret
USA
8
MEX
16
21st 1
1965 Reg Parnell Racing Lotus 25 BRM RSA MON
Ret
BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA USA MEX NC 0
1971 Team Surtees Surtees TS9 Ford RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA
4
CAN USA
15
18th 3
1972 Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford ARG RSA
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
BEL
4
FRA
6
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
4
ITA
2
CAN USA
17
8th 13
1973 Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS14A Ford ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
ESP
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
8
SWE
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
14
AUT
10
ITA
7
CAN
9
USA
Ret
NC 0
1974 Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M23 Ford ARG
4
BRA
5
RSA
3
ESP
9
BEL
7
MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
NED
4
FRA
7
GBR
Ret
GER
15
AUT ITA CAN USA 11th 12

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Mike Hailwood at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame
  2. ^ a b c Who Was The Man Many Call The Greatest Roadracer Ever?, by Dean Adams, Superbike Planet, 1998
  3. ^ Motor Cycle, 19 August 1965. p.242/244. Hutchinson 100. Hailwood assortment. "Doesn't make much odds what model Mike the Bike wheels out; he's likely to win on it. As at Silverstone last Saturday at BMCRC Hutchinson 100 meeting where, on such a variety of machinery as an AJS three-fifty, a BSA LIghtning, and (well, of course) the MV Augusta four, he collected a trio of laurel wreaths." Accessed 2014-03-30
  4. ^ Carrick, Peter Motor Cycle Racing Hamlyn Publishing, 1969, p.68 ISBN 0 600 02506 3 "Between 1962 and 1965 Hailwood was supreme in the 500 cc class, winning race after race...He also rode frequently and with success in other classes." Accessed 2014-03-22
  5. ^ "T.T Ace Killed On Last Lap". Evening Times. 16 June 1961. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Mike Hailwood career statistics at MotoGP.com
  7. ^ Carrick, Peter Motor Cycle Racing Hamlyn Publishing, 1969, p.95/96 A day at Daytona ISBN 0 600 02506 3 Accessed 2014-03-23
  8. ^ Motor Cycle, 19 August 1965. p.2a BSA Triumph factory full-page advert. "BSA win Hutchinson '100' production machine class. !st. Mike Hailwood, BSA Lightning (Entered by T.W Kirby Ltd), 2nd Phil Read Triumph Bonneville, 3rd Percy Tait (Entered by Lawton and Wilson Ltd)." Accessed 2014-03-30
  9. ^ Motor Cycle, 19 August 1965. p.242/244. Hutchinson '100' race report Accessed 2014-03-30
  10. ^ Reynolds, Jim (1990). Best of British Bikes. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-033-0. 
  11. ^ Motor Cycle, 7 July 1966. p.22/23 Scratcher's Marathon. Motor Cycle's 500—mile race. "A plane was specially chartered to fly riders back from the previous day's Dutch Grand Prix. One who took advantage of this was Mike Hailwood and here [pictured] he brakes as he completes demonstration laps on a Honda CB450 before racing begins" Accessed 2014-04-01
  12. ^ Motor Cycle, 19 May 1966, p.664 Racing Line by David Dixon. "The Honda CB450 is not yet regarded as a 'production' machine...the CSI decided not to change the rules—under which machines with two overhead camshafts are barred—as it would be 'unfair to make a chance in mid season'.". Accessed 2014-04-01
  13. ^ 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix (1st edition). Hazelton Publishing Ltd, 1999. ISBN 1-874557-83-7
  14. ^ a b c d Mike Hailwood Isle of Man TT results at iomtt.com
  15. ^ a b c Motorcycle Mechanics, February 1968, p.23/25. Mike Hailwood Talks! 20 Questions: Interview with Mike Hailwood by Brian Smith. Accessed 2014-03-15
  16. ^ Goodwin, C. 1999. Untouchable... Unforgettable... Mike Hailwood. Motor Sport. LXXV/6, 86-93
  17. ^ Motor Cyclist Illustrated, May 1968 p.12 Rimini race report by Carlo Perelli, 350 cc 1st M. Hailwood, Honda. 500 cc 1st G. Agostini, MV Augusta, 2nd M. Hailwood, HRS and p.50 Cesenatico race report, 500 cc, 1st G. Agostini, MV Augusta, 2nd M. Hailwood, Honda Special. Accessed 2014-04-05
  18. ^ a b Motorcycle Mechanics, October 1969, p.24. Full Chat by John Day. "Mike Hailwood was sure to receive all kinds of tempting offers to keep him in motorcycle racing, and from the fabulous levels to which these rose, even he can be forgiven for weakening and donning his leathers for a final fling. Seemingly the offers Mike received to race in Italy were just about the highest ever offered in motorcycle racing, amounting to several thousand pounds. The Italian promoters appreciated that Mike stopped racing mainly because of the lack of good machinery. So with this in mind, their hope was to lure him back with the aid of Benelli or Morini. They didn't reckon on him turning up at Riccione with a Honda!" Accessed 2014-04-11
  19. ^ Hailwood at Mallory Park startline Retrieved 2014-04-05
  20. ^ Hailwood at 1969 Race of the Year Retrieved 2014-04-05
  21. ^ Motorcycle Mechanics, February 1968, p.23/25. Mike Hailwood Talks! 20 Questions: Interview with Mike Hailwood by Brian Smith. "Q: You've always raced in a conventional style helmet. Have you tried the 'jet' style? A: Yes, and I found that the wind tended to get in the sides and this was uncomfortable. I wear one for car racing because it definitely gives better protection." Accessed 2014-03-19
  22. ^ [1] Motor Cyclist online Retrieved 2014-03-18
  23. ^ Carrick, Peter Motor Cycle Racing Hamlyn Publishing, 1969, p.68 ISBN 0 600 02506 3 Accessed 2014-03-22
  24. ^ England and Wales birth records. Retrieved 2014-03-22
  25. ^ England and Wales Marriage records. Retrieved 2014-03-22
  26. ^ 1972 Formula 2 season results at www.formula2.net
  27. ^ 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours Competitors & Results at www.experiencelemans.com
  28. ^ a b Mike Hailwood Formula 1 results at www.4mula1.ro
  29. ^ www.grandprix.com
  30. ^ a b Motorcycle Classics Mike Hailwood’s TT-winning Ducati Retrieved 2014-03-23
  31. ^ Alan Cathcart (September–October 2009). "Road Test: Mike Hailwood's Ducati 900TT1 racer". Motorcycle Classics. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  32. ^ 1978 Isle of Man TT at iomtt.com
  33. ^ England and Wales death records. Retrieved 2014-03-22
  34. ^ My Memories of Mike Hailwood, by Elizabeth McCarthy
  35. ^ Memorial run ended Retrieved 2014-03-16
  36. ^ Grave images at Find a grave, Retrieved 2014-03-28
  37. ^ www.royalautomobileclub.co.uk
  38. ^ MotoGP Legends at MotoGP.com
  39. ^ Mike Hailwood at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame
  40. ^ Melling, Frank (23, 2010-08-23). "Memorable MC: Mike Hailwood Ducati Replica". Motorcycle USA. Archived from the original on 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2012-02-04. "The Hailwood replicas just wouldn’t stop selling and, although the final figure is unclear, something in the region of 7,000 official MH replicas left Ducati. In fact, they transformed the poor selling 900SS into a financial success and played a significant role in keeping the factory alive." 

Sources[edit]

  • 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix (1st edition). Hazelton Publishing Ltd, 1999. ISBN 1-874557-83-7
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gary Hocking
500cc Motorcycle World Champion
1962–1965
Succeeded by
Giacomo Agostini
Preceded by
Ronnie Peterson
European Formula Two
Champion

1972
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Jarier
Preceded by
Phil Read
TT Formula One World Champion
1978
Succeeded by
Ron Haslam