to the Official
Mike Hailwood™ M.B.E., G.M. Website....
Few sportsmen have made
such an indelible impact on the fast moving worlds of
motorcycle and car racing as the legendary MIKE HAILWOOD™.
The son of a millionaire who bought him the best machinery
that money could buy, he quickly cast aside the 'rich
man's kid' image which had been thrust upon him to earn
the respect and admiration of his peers through the
enormity of his talent, the strength of his personality
and his outrageous sense of fun.
He won nine motorcycle World Championships
between 1961 and 1967, then turned to motor racing,
following in the wheel tracks of John Surtees, with
whose cars he became European Formula 2 Champion and
began his Formula 1 career. In time he might well have
added a Formula 1 World Championship to his list of
achievements, but his motor racing career ended abruptly
in 1974 when he crashed his McLaren on Germany's daunting
Disabled by his leg injuries, he retired
to New Zealand, where he quickly became bored, and by
1978, at the age of 38, he was back at the Isle of Man,
the scene of so many of his earlier triumphs, not only
to race bikes once again, but to take on and beat the
entire field. His victorious return to 'The Island'
has been described as one of the most emotional moments
of 20th century sport.
the book 'A Man Called Mike' by Christopher Hilton
Bryans 7th March
1942 - 6th August 2014
Ralph sadly passed away on 6th August 2014 -
read Pauline Hailwood's
London Motorcycle Show
See a few of the photos
from the show - HERE
With many thanks for the support of photographers
and writers, Mick Woollett, Nick Nicholls, the late
Volker Rauch, Murray Walker, Ted Macauley, Christopher
Hilton, Peter Carrick; of Geoff and Peter Duke of Duke
Marketing; of expert engineers and good friends Steve
Wynne, and Nobby Clark; of fellow bike racers, some
of which were Mike’s closest friends, Paddy Driver,
Luigi Taveri, Tommy Robb, Ralph
Bryans, Giacomo Agostini, Jim Redman, Phil Read,
and many more; of fellow car drivers, David Hobbs, Peter
Gethin, Derek Bell, John Watson, and especially Richard
A big thank you to all of our licensees
and business associates, we really appreciate your support,
but extra special thanks must go to two men, whose help
has been invaluable, Lloyd J. Jassin for his legal expertise,
and continued hard work, advice and support since 1999;
and to Jeremy Gill, for his excellent work in re-designing
and maintaining this website. Both Lloyd and Jeremy
have been such a marvelous help and are an integral
part of the success of this website.
There are many more people to thank, especially all
of Mike's sponsors in the past, and you, Mike's fans,
so our apologies if we have not mentioned you here by
name, but you know who you are and we thank each and
every one of you most sincerely.
Warmly - - Pauline
& David Hailwood
2009, The Estate of Mike Hailwood. Mike Hailwood, Mike
the Bike, MH and For Love of the Sport are trademarks
of the Estate of Mike Hailwood in the European Union,
U.S.A., and other countries.