The original Guestbook - Archived

The following comments are archived from the Guestbook of the original Mike Hailwood web site.



JUST A FEW LINES TO SAY THAT LIKE MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE WRITTEN TO YOU I NEVER WITNESSED ANY OF MIKE'S BIKE RACES ALTHOUGH I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO VIEW A FILM OF THE 1978 RACE.QUITE OUTSTANDING!HOWEVER I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO MEET THE GREAT MAN THROUGH MY CONNECTION WITH THE CHRIS BARBER JAZZ AND BLUES BAND AND MY ENJOYMENT OF MOTOR RACING.ONE OF THE 'OLD SCHOOL'A TRUE GENTLEMAN IN EVERY WAY.HE WAS,MOST CERTAINLY,THE BEST RACING MOTOR CYCLIST EVER AND IT IS HARD TO SEE ANYONE IN THE FUTURE COMING ANYWHERE NEAR.HE WAS NOT A BAD RACE CAR DRIVER OR TROMBONE PLAYER EITHER.I HAVE ONLY MET YOU ONCE,PAULINE,AT JOHN SLAUGHTERS WEDDING BUT I WISH BOTH YOU AND DAVID LONG LIFE AND EVERY HAPPINESS.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
JOHN CASE <johncase1212@hotmail.com>
Alh.el Grande, Malaga 29120 SPAIN -
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Thanks for giving fans oportunity to share the life of a great rider, a Great Man, with a great Family and with so many friends.
Joaquim Boavida <jjboavida@yahoo.com>
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bnhomida dina <bnh_dina@yahoo.fr>
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Great site,saw Mike race many times,in Isle of Man, and the Ulster Grand Prix in the sixties. Still have his autograph, from 1962.He stayed sometimes with Brian Coll, one of Irelands top singers, when he raced at the Ulster. I worked in the Intertainment business, and met Brian often. Being motor cycling fanatics, we talked about Mike often. In fact in 1979, at The North West 200,Mike did a lap of honour on Brians Honda 6.I have read with interest all the comments from the fans, I think the two races that say everything about Mike Hailwood were, 1964 senior,where he could hardly walk at the finish, and the 1965 senior, when he kicked the bike into shape. I was lucky to be there both times.He was the Ultimate Bike Racer, and we will never see his like again. How sad that he had to lose his life, along with his daughter, on our public roads. I now live in Canada, this site brings back great memories. Keep up the great work.
IVAN SMYTH <SHAMDANNY@AOL.COM>
CALGARY, ALBERTA CANADA -
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Great site - many memories. An excellent tribute to 'Mike the Bike'.
Mike Craig <michael.craig2@btinternet.com>
Edinburgh, SCOTLAND -
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Thanks for the effort you put in the site. I can only repeat what everybody else says(usually more eloquently) and feels.Good luck Mrs.H and David.As an ex-racer I used to race with the number 78 when I could because of my affection for Bob Mac.(his riding number in '57) and it also ties with the Ducati TT win. I couldn't be there that year but Big Rico was at the Highlander,phoned me at my work,stuck the phone out the pub window when Mike came by!!!!I like to think Mike would appreciate the gesture. Hughie Doc.
Hugh Docherty <Hughie@doc78.freeserve.co.uk>
Aberdeenshire Bonnie Scotland -
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fantastic site thanks for the memories
marie donaldson <marie@donaldson1950.freeserve.co.uk>
huntingdon , england -
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I was lucky enough to see Mike race at Brands[many times] Mallory [remember that 500-4 weave under power] I.O.M. several times, etc. The man was magic, humility mixed with greatness, a rare combination. Good luck Pauline and David.
Pete Morgan <prmorgan@postmaster.co.uk>
Tonbridge, Kent u.k -
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i was never a road racer but i was a professional speedway rider in the seventies i met mike at a honda day at donnington park at the time i had a huge plastercast on my arm mike took one look at it and said nasty one he signed my cast and i was very proud what a lovely man great
alan molneux
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Mike was my boyhood hero I saw him race at Cadwell Park several times I`ve got videos and books, he was the greatest no one will better what he did. P.S. good website.
Paul Graves <diggagraves@supanet.com>
Broughton, North Linc`s Great britain -
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I never saw mike ride but have all the sound tapes.When I raced my Honda 500/4 in the late 70,s and thru the 80,s it was great to have it done up in the honda racing livery and with four open megas before the bloody decibel limits ruined everything, the sound was gorgeous and I imagined myself as mike and I won a lot to, just like the great man. Website looking great Pauline and David hope to visit Gaucin one day, my brother Stephen and I who also raced 500/4,s got lost in Casares tiny streets only last year its a great area up in them there mountains I hope it is a great success.
stuart marshall <stumars87@supanet.com>
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Hello i am french and my god my favorite riders is Mike HAILWOOD or "Mike The Bike". I want say my passion for Mike on THE SITE of Mike HAILWOOD. I am 15 years old and i am a supersupersuperfan of Mike.So goodbye and "Mike The Bike"!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DELMAS Frédéric <marie_fredo@noos.fr>
Paris, 75 France -
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Hello i am french and my god my favorite riders is Mike HAILWOOD or "Mike The Bike". I want say my passion for Mike on THE SITE of Mike HAILWOOD. I am 15 years old and i am a supersupersuperfan of Mike.So goodbye and "Mike The Bike"!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DELMAS Frédéric <marie_fredo@noos.fr>
Paris, 75 France -
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Hello! Amy Catering San Diego California. Thank you for letting me sign your guestbook and thank you for your website. Glad you are here.
Amy
San Diego, CA US -
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I was a Bob Mac fan and my twin brother Derek a Hailwood fan we traelled all over england and to The Isle of Man and the ulster Gp many times to see the races My memory Of MIke is riding the wheels off the 500 four in 1967. What a great rider he was on so many different machines none like him today. Great web site
Dennis Cope <denniscope@aol.com>
Moorpark, California USA -
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Hello my name is Cisco. English language is my second language . I visit sites like yours to learn new english vocabulary words and improve my english grammar . I hope to have effective communication and business communication for a new job in US. I learned a new word of the day from your site. I plan to be public speaking and business writing better now from your site. Thank you.
Cisco
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Great Site keep it going!!!!!!!
Roly Hayward <Eeyore@hayward232.freeserve.co.uk>
Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire England -
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San Francisco, Ca US -
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BRANDS HATCH, AUGUST 1962. 14 YEARS OLD, FIRST RACE MEETING. 500 MV COMES PAST, GUESS WHO ? HOOKED FOR LIFE, NO-ONE ELSE COMES CLOSE.
JEFF SPITTLE <JWS6448@aol.com >
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Thanks to this site I may have found a long lost relative JOHN HARTLE who raced with Mike Hailwood back in the 50's @ 60's before his death in 1968. Thanks to Pauline. Regards Mike Hartle
Michael John Hartle <mjhartle@xtra.co.nz>
Wellington, New Zealand -
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This site is a great compliment to a great sportsman.
John Connolly <johnc@esito.org.nz>
Christchurch, New Zealand -
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A brilliant rider and a gentleman. His death was sad loss to us all. Please keep the site running.
Derek Bonham <del.bonham@ntlworld.com>
Northampton, Northants England -
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A great pleasure and honour to meet David on his visit to TT 2002. Some great footage of David on the Luke Lawler Collection at the Grandstand etc and all the other classic bikes that were on display and in the parade lap also Ago etc on the Friday Sen race day. Thanks again for allowing us to film the event. Mike was a hero!!!!! Good Luck David with future races. Best wishes John & Sarah
John & Sarah <john@videomoments.freeserve.co.uk>
Douglas, Isle of MAn -
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FANTASTICO!!!!!!!!!!
FABIO BRAVETTI <FABIOBRAVETTI@LIBERO.IT>
CESENATICO, ITALY -
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The site is a fantastic tribute to Mike the Bike, best ever racer, most humble champion. Had the pleasure to meet him in '77 at the Castrol 6 hour in Oz. Still have his autographed copy of the '68 bio. Mikes comment - Well at least someone bought a copy. Didn't know they ever sold any, they never paid me ( with a laconic grin ).
richard kennedy <jackafrica@eisa.net.au>
Tasmania Australia -
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I can add nothing to the previous.Words fail me.Legend
Peter Allen <mete@telpacific.com.au>
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Fantastic web site, brings back all my racing memories at Brands & Mallory Park. Watching "The Master" Mike thrilling the crowd whether on a Manx Norton, MV Augusta or Honda.Those were the days. on the grid with mike were the likes of John Cooper, Paddy Driver, Bill Ivy... & in 350's Jim Readmen, 250's Phil Read..... need I add more. All were great (not forgetting AGO) but for me Mike was the word in bike racing.. Great, glad I found this web site. As a footnote. I'm trying to find an old mate from England. Essex actually, Bob Godfrey, formeley of Dagenham. I used to work with him at Tom Kirby's in Hornchurch & then with Reg at Stanford Le Hope. We went on the dragon rally with Greg & Andy Bootle. Anyone Know him.???? contact my e mail address Thanks
Peter O'Reilly <poreilly2@cogeco.ca>
St Catharines, Ontario Canada -
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I was a big fan of Mike in the sixties and saw him once race in BRNO with the then quite new 4 cilynder 100HP racing bike! I'm glad to have found your website and congratulate you!!
Wilhelm Schestag <schestag.wilhelm@utanet.at>
Vienna, Vienna Austria -
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i am an avid motorcycle fan,and even though i was only 2-3yrs old when Mike came back to win the formular1 and later the senior i've heard quite a lot about this Man&Legend. i'd just like to say that he was a brilliant RoadRacer as you'd rarely see today someone of his capabilities Racing 125's 250's&500's twins&single cylinder motorbikes on the track aswell as on the road. I first heard of him from the ISLE-OF-MAN=TT's and have seen quite alot of racing there over the years,but only wish that i could have seen for my-self the greats from yesteryear,as my father did in the days of NORTON'S&BSA'&THE HONDA 6CYLINDER'S.keep up the good work. yours faithfully Mr williams
leif williams <le1fwilliams@hotmail.com>
aberdare, south wales wales -
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cool
dave <dave@aol.com>
borehamwood, herts -
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Was lucky to see Mike at Mallory in the late 60's. Such a trgic loss to all who knew or met him.
Pete Dainty <Daintyp284@aol.com>
Gloucester, Glos England -
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I revere Mike the Bike with a pure passion. The man was the greatest - bar none. May his soul rest in peace .
David Mantle <d.mantle@ntlworld.com>
Grimsby, Lincolnshire England -
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A vew for Mike, Still my HERO we mis them all and the sound of the Honda six.....!!!!
Cees Cornwall <VMAX@speed.A2000.nl>
Zaandam, Holland Holland -
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saw mike race at mosport in ontario in l967. HE WAS TERRIFIC. HOPE THINGS ARE GOING WELL FOR YOU AND YOUR SON. BEST REGARDS.
David Putnam
waterloo, ontario canada -
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I saw Mike racing the Honda 6 at Cadwell in the 6o,s it inspired me as a young teenager to ride bikes,something I am still doing nearly 40 years later & still enjoying every minute of it
Steve Pattison <wistow.sp@onmail.co.uk>
Selby, Nth Yorks England -
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I still get goose bumps when I see "Mike the Bike"ride. he was poetry on a bike,and a gentleman by nature. I'll never forget the sight and sound of him lapping on the 4 and 6 cyl honda's,and am greatfull for the memories. Thankyou Pauline & David for helping us relive those great years with Mike. terrific site congrats. JT.
J.Turner <macvelo@ns.sympatico.ca>
nova scotia canada -
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Other motorcycle racers come and go usually thinking they are the best ,Mikes memory will always be with us and he a was the greatest racer ever.He stands head and shoulders above the rest because he treated every fan respectfully,this is the reason he was adored by everyone who met him.
Chris Turner <chris_turner53@hotmail.com>
sheffield, yorkshire England -
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The first road race I ever saw was the IOM TT in 1966. After that I was hooked. There is little doubt that Mike Hailwood was the greatest Motorcycle Racer EVER. His comeback in 1978 was pure magic. It is a tragedy that his life was cut short along with his daughter in a road accident.
Peter C Cozens <Petercoz@hotmail.co>
Rochdale, Lancashire UK -
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WHAT A RIDER!
Alan Price <ALANPRICE01@TISCALI.CO.UK>
MOW'S HILL ROAD TANWORTH IN ARDEN, SOLIHULL UK -
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excellent site....great pictures. Brought back more than a few memories. Not too many Americans have ever heard of the Isle Of Man let alone had the opportunity to go there. I have, and did. I was there in 1967 ( and again in 97 ). Of all the things I saw and people I met one stands head and shoulders above all. That was MIKE THE BIKE flat out on the 250 six. He was and always will be as far as I'm concerned the greatest motorcycle racer of all time including the future.
Steve Megivern <smegivern@fbs.net>
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Cool Site. "Keep on Keeping on." (Cheech & Chong.)
Catherine Lake
Los Angeles, CA USA -
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The best sporting memory of my life was to see SMBH's winning return to the IOM. I had followed his career throughout the 60's, watched his Formula 1 races at home and abroad, and thought he would never race again after his F1 accident. Then he appeared at the 1975 TT, riding pillion past the grandstand, and the reception he got was amazing. Then to return in later years to win again was phenomenal. I watched the race from "The Bungalow", and people were crying tears of joy as he came past on his last lap. Anyone who contests the fact that he was the greatest motorcyclist who ever lived, just could never have seen him in action.
Pete Rabjohns <pejora@btinternet.com>
Watlington, Oxfordshire England -
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Most of what I have come to know about Mike Hailwood has come from reading about him. Through the Champions series of video from Duke I was finally able to see him in action on and off the track. By far, the best article I ever read is the one written by Barry Coleman entitled "Mike the Bike". An article that ran in the November, 1978, issue of Cycle World (USA). This article was excerpted in the January 1999 issue of Cycle World. (That's when I read it) Arpad Schoffer Wharton, TEXAS USA
Arpad Schoffer <arpad2k@hotmail.com>
Wharton, TEXAS USA -
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I will never forget seeing Mike at Cadwell Park with my dad in the 60s, I have still got a few programs.
Malcolm Bradford <bradford@compaqnet.se>
Sundsvall, Sweden -
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Mike makes history even after his passing, how else can you describe such a huge following!
Mark Dye <mdye@jps.net>
Carlsbad, CA. USA -
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Mike was a gentleman on and off the track, the greatest person in motorcycle history.
dean small <dean small@webtv.net>
kingsport , tennessee usa -
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Guten Tag an alle Motorradfahrer und Glückwunsch zu dieser informativen Website. Ich konnte Mike the Bike 1979 auf der IOM Live erleben und war begeistert von ihm als Mensch und Rennfahrer. Für mich bleibt er der Grösste. Hals und Beinbruch für die Saison 2002 wünsche ich allen Motorradfahrern und nehmt euch in acht vor allem was mehr als drei Räder hat!
Herbert Neumeister <moto.morini@t-online.de>
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es wurde schon jede menge über mike geschrieben ich denke es ist dem nicht mehr viel dazuzufügen.solche persönlichkeiten wie er suchen heutzutage ihresgleichen.
uwe mengel <www.uwe.mengel.gmx.de>
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What a great site! i saw mike at many meetings in the late 60s, i dont "do" hero's but in mikes case ive got to admit he is my hero!!!!!!!!
David kingsnorth <david.kingsnorth@ntlworld.com>
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Just - the greatest.
Mike Hughes <Mike.hughes@marconi.com>
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I started with my first bike in 1970 and although I sometimes followed the racing in the UK I truly wish that I made the effort to go and see Mike race but I never did and that is my one true regret.If I was granted one true wish it would be that the lorry driver who caused Mike and his little girls death on that fateful day was 100 miles somewhere else,preferebly in the middle of the sea.Well reading all the emails we can honestly say what great memories Mike has left us and a common bond amongst motorcyclists all over the world.I will definately be looking in on his site.
MIKE THOMPSON <michael.thompson@marconi.com>
Ormskirk, Lancashire England -
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" Mike the Bike ", a great rider and a great man. Never had the pleasure of watching him race; the world is poorer with out him.
Jim Burch <jburch@stny.rr.com>
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Well Done!
Kalli Bellou <kallibellou@vip.gr>
Athens, Greece -
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Without doubt the greatest rider that I have ever seen and an inspiration to road racers everywhere. Good luck with the site
Ron Stevenson <ron.stevenson@virgin.net>
Nottingham, England -
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God must have needed someone special the day he took Mike from us. A real hero who will never be forgotten, Mike was the perfect gentleman and supreme sportsman. My special memories? Morning practice in the Isle of Man, listening to that Honda-6 miles away - and then - gone! Or at Oulton Park (1968?), realising that Mike and Bill Ivy had just walked through the paddock wearing kaftans and wigs. Or the 1979 Formula 1 race, watching Mike get ever closer to the oil slick at Guthrie's on which I was positioned with oil flag; ever lap he got nearer before peeling in .. A real superstar but more normal than the rest of us put together. To Pauline and David, I salute you. Keep up the excellent work!
Carl Bretherton <carlbretherton@hotmail.com>
St Helens, Lancashire England -
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love the site, are you going to get any audio of the duc's mike rode? i have a mike hailwood replica ducati in my garage and it really would be the only bike that could get away with a paint scheme like that!!! having said that i am a little disappointed with ducati for its treatment of the mh900e naming rights etc, so good luck with both the site and the litigation. i wish i had been around when he was racing-2 stoke gp racing really doesn't have the sound for my liking......roll on 2002 for the return of 4 stroke racing....mick
mick <onthehill@unite.com.au>
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lOVED THE SITE,I too was at the I.O.M. in 78 and witnessed the most emotional race ever, as a newcomer to the site I would like to add my own photo,s so watch this space! they have never been seen before so I hope they go down well with all the other fans of the great man.As soon as I can find a way to add them to the site I will.Just to tease you it,s Mike at Ramsey hairpin right up Phil Reads chuff !!and also a couple from Donnington that same year.Ithink I have even got a tape of Mike being interviewed on the radio.Thats going to take some digging out!anybody out there lost a plimsoll! I found one in the loo at Brands in 66 it has the initials E.J. on them!!!!.
RAY STEPHENS <ray@morini.fslife.co.uk>
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Hello there! I'm Marco from Italy, 26 years old.Congratulations for your website!
Marco Pastorino <number10@libero.it>
Genova, Italy Italy -
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Originally from Wales i watched in the 60`s and i reckon he would still be unbeatable against other rider from then to now.
Alan Gill <agill@lantic.net>
Pretoria, Gauteng South Africa -
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Hello there! Well, I wish to congratulate you all with this more than magnificent site! Great pictures. Great stories. Great sounds: the Honda Six? (Almost...) Better than sex!!! Keep up the good work, people, and thanks for some really nice hours of surfing through your website. Martin J.J. Kool, Amsterdam.
MARTIN J.J. KOOL <m.kool6@chello.nl>
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Mike the Bike - had the pleasure of his company in New Zealand.The dream matched the reality,thanks Mike. Stan Larsen
Stan Larsen <stan.larsen@sit.ac.nz>
Invercargill, New Zealand -
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Hi everybody congratulation for yours Web Site from Italy.
20157 Italy Milano Mototuning.it Superbike <nfo@mototuning.it>
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I was lucky enough to see him race in Oz in the mid 70's and a was just old enough to appreciate who I was watching. After the race I was bowled over when I went to ask for an autograph and met a great sportsman. It's nice when your heroes are genuine nice guys and can live above the hero status they are given. I still have the autograph given to me by a true champion, both on and off the bike.
Andrew Warnest <antan@picknowl.com.au>
Para Vista, Sth Aust Australia -
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Mike was a fantastic racer.I have some books and photos of him. I only wish i was old enough to watch him in his day.Its a fantastic web site you have and ive enjoyed it loads.
david flear <daveflear@aol.com>
broughton, Nth-lincs England -
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Mike Hailwood was a hero of mine during my teens in the UK in the 60's and remains so today. It was very moving to access this site and visit so many memories. Keep up the good work.
David Meldrum-Taylor <bdfinsb@home.com>
Santa Barbara, California USA -
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I was imprest by his scils and his kindnes,he live,s one in my memory.mike one of the best rider,s ever lived.
evert zwart <ezmotoren@freeler.nl>
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I visited Tanworth today, for me Mike was the best rider ever. It's obvious from the flowers and memorobilia at the grave and the comments in the church visitors book that he will never be forgotten. I have at last been able to pay my respects to an all-time great sporting hero.
Dave Lonsdale <dave.wynter@virgin.net>
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Thank you so much for this site. I never saw Mike race live, but was a fan as a boy. I made a plan to ride my moped from Stoke to Brum in order to meet him. My first day on the road mum and dad made me attend a rider training lesson to make sure I would be OK, it was my 16th birthday - 21/03/81. I still love to ride bikes daily and think of Mike Hailwood at some point of every journey. Thaks again Phil B-W
Philip Burgess-Walker <philb-w@ntlworld.com>
Henlow, Bedfordshire UK -
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Like what I have seen on the site, I will e-mail you with details that I have on mike, once I have looked it up in my motor racing books
John Kirby <j.kirby8@ntlworld.com>
LEICESTER, United Kingdom -
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Congratulations on the site,Mike really was the best.God Speed.
John Raine <downtownjohnny@sympatico.ca>
Kingston , Ontario Canada -
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Well all you could say was "What a rider"
Alan Price <alanprice99@lineone.net>
Mows Hill Road, Tanworth in Arden , Solihull, West Midlands UK -
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Fantastic site!! Im the lucky owner of a Ducati Mille Mike Hailwood Replica,bought new in 1985,rebuilt totaly in 1988,made it look much more like the real Sports Racer. It's now a Ducati 1000 NCR/MHR Replica.(there's a signature replica from Mike, that I copied from the Sports contract,on the fueltank!) The walls in my garage are filled with paintings,posters and photographes from Mike's win in 1978. Last year we have visited Mike's grave in Thanworth,very emotional! Bevel twin Ducati's are playing a very important role in my life thanks to Mike The Bike!(BTW I don't like that MH900E at all!) Greetings from Peter and Christine,Holland.
Peter Kruger <P.Kruger@12move.nl>
Harkstede, Holland -
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It´s a wonderful site. Thanks.
Jürgen WEBER <j_weber@bad-berleburg.de>
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I first saw Mike in the early sixties at Brands and was completly awestruck, saw him again in the I.O.M. comeback years and experienced the same feeling, I have to admit to shedding tears of joy when he caught and passed Phil Read to go on to win on his Ducati ( with the chain almost jumping the sprockets ). God love you Mike - he couldn't do otherwise.
Pete Kane <pk_fox@msn.com>
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For me ,one of the top 5 most important riders in history. Exemple of rider&gentlemen.
Pablo Segura <Pablo_Segura@bmc.com>
Barcelona, Spain Spain -
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Never forget: mike - simply the best.
Robert Pfeiffer <Robert.Pfeiffer@bw aok.de >
Backnang, Germany -
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What a wonderful celebration of Mike's life. My parents, Phil & Norma Smiley raced in England during the 1960s, prior to emigrating to Australia, and remember Mike well. Some of the photos on your site bring back wonderful childhood memories for me. My brother Russell and I always used to enjoy going out in the break down truck at Crystal Palace.
Tracey Smiley <T.Smiley@bigpond.com>
Sydney, NSW Australia -
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I am almost 40, still remember his best pictures on motorcycles magazines of the 80'. One more reason to go to the Isle of Man and run the TT. Won't forget.
Mario Bravo <mario@mariobravo.com>
Fuengirola, Málaga Spain -
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Great site. We will keep looking in as the site develops.Ride safe and ride free..
Simon and Rhys Bennett <simonandsheena@netscapeonline.co.uk>
Dorchester, Dorset England -
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Nice site. The only occasion on which I actually saw Mike in action, was at the Dutch TT in 1981 riding his faboulous Honda sixcylinder. Ever since, I love sixcylinder Honda´s (I used to be the owner of a Honda CBX six). Good luck!
Ton Kool <tjm.kool@hccnet.nl>
Amstelveen, Noord-Holland Holland -
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I had the great privilege of standing next to Mike on the start line at the 1967 Isle of Man Diamond TT he was talking to Giacomo Agostini and Bill Ivy just before he and Ago set off in the Senior TT. I was aged sixteen and I have remained a Mike the Bike fan all my life.
Roy Anderson <royanderson5@hotmail.com>
Leeds, Yorkshire England -
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I never had the oppurtunity to see Mike in action as Im 27 yrs old, but from literature on the guy he has become a bit of a hero for me. Best of luck to Mrs Hailwood for the future Take care Warren :)
Warren a.k.a. Mad Rabbit <samuelljackson21@hotmail.com>
Warwick, Warwickshire England -
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Although I started riding bikes around the end of Mikes career, so I never actually saw him race (one of my biggest regrets), he has always been my all-time sporting hero. Always so genuinely modest in success, never any excuses in defeat, he could put his leg over ANY bike and get the best out of it. Earlier this year on my way to marshal at the MRO round at Donington Park, I did a bit of detective work and located his final resting place, I spent half an hour in contemplation in the churchyard, and felt very humbled to be in the presence of the great man. Pauline & David, my respects to you both, this is a wonderful site, I shall visit it often.
Dave Rivett <rivetd@hotmail.com>
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I first saw mike at silverstone in it think 1964, the man was ridding the fire engine(mv augusta) it was obvious even to me then that he was special. He pulled up near to me and casualy signed autographs while sitting on the bike waiting for the mecanics to remove it to the the pit area, I followed his bike career through to the final retirment. The comeback at the 1978 TT on the ducati was without dought the greatest sporting comeback of all time. There have been several pretenders to the throne but the man will i think hold it for all time. A great site to his memory.
steve hibberd <syeve hibberd@yahoo.com.au>
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Mike was the best, I wish I could ride half as well as the great man. Respect.
Dave Biggin <dave.biggin@ntlworld.com>
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keep the faith ! you shall over come.
Edward E. Sandoval <ironfxr@webtv.net>
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Chanced upon your site this evening - what a joy! I do not propose to even try to add any original comments to the many which have been made time and again about Mike - other than to say that I am old enough to have seen him from when he began with 'Ecurie Sportive' and followed his career with great interest - he was 'the man' and in many peoples' mind, still is! Best wishes to you and David - much success for the future.
Mike Bull <mikiboy69@hotmail.com>
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I first went to the I.O.M. in 1978 simply because Mike the Bike was going back. As a school boy in the sixties and an avid motorcycle fan Mike was the only one to watch, a very beautiful style of riding. I was in parliament square when Mike caught Phil Read. If you were not there you could not imagine the atmosphere everybody was behind Mike, Phil Read must have been devastated. The KING was back. Excellent site, I shall visit again.
Robert Viner <rv006a7255@blueyonder.co.uk>
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NOBODY, but nobody, could make the 250 "6" sing like Mike. When Honda brought one over to Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2001, and it was fired up, I am not ashamed to say that I shed tears. I followed Mike's career in the 60's, and saw him race on numerous occasions, but my best - and most embarrassing memory is when I met him at Cadwell Park during his last year of racing in the 60's. After being bold enough to get into the Honda pit, I actually managed to knock a 250 6 off it's stand - where was the hole in the ground !! This was after Mike had given me his time for a chat and a photo, so I didn't hang around for the aftermath !! He was one of a kind - gone but not forgotten . Thanks for the memories. A great site - good luck with the museum.
ALAN GRAY <shop@woking-models.co.uk>
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simply the best,gone but not forgotton.
Wayne Axon <waynethescoot@ukgateway.net>
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Thanks for the great web site. I consider my self very fortunate to have been a part of the Sports Motorcycles team in 78 and to have ridden alongside Mike. You cannot imagine how I felt as a relatively young man to have ridden with my all time hero. Thanks again and keeep up the good work. Eddie.
Eddie Roberts <eddie.roberts@metzeler.de>
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I had the privilege of racing in the "Mike Hailwood Trophy Races" at Silverstone August 25,26,27 2001. I am sure I speak for all racers on the grid when I say what an emotionally charged experience it was, and what an honour to be involved. The enthusiasm shown by Pauline & David made it even more special. This hopefully annual event further endorses the immortal respect the name "Hailwood" has in the motorsport community from racers & fans alike. See you all next year.
James Clark <james@teamglamracing.co.uk>
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I first saw Mike at 'Oliver's Mount Scarborough in 1958 when I was 18 and although I have never owned a 'bike' I have followed bike racing for many years. Have just been to Silverstone for the Historic event we go every year and this year was even better with the 'classic bikes' and being able to meet the riders and see 'MIKES' bike again.
Mike Eastwood <miker14b@aol.com>
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I went to my first race with my father in 1959 at Abadare park and I remember everybody talking about Mike Hailwoods talent. some years later when I had my own transport a BSA Bantam I rode to MAllory park from Penarth to watch Mike on the 250 six and then in the 500 race he used the 297 6 and won against AGO but was disqualified because his bike was to small it should have been at least 350!.He was amazing no doubt the greatest of all time for me I Had the pleasure of meeting his son David today 26/08/2001 at Silverstone, He's just like his dad it was like winding the clock back to 1968, a real enthusiast never a Prima donna
Rob Selby <rob@selbymotorsport.co.uk>
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What a role model!. Stunning performances..... without the personality problems.
Wayne Morrison <waynemorrison6@hotmail.com>
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Nice site...
wallpapers <vwntfpi@givepeaceachance.com>
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Met Mike when he opened his Bike shop in Brum.Travelled to the TT twice to watch him race.Lent him my Hailwood replica for some advertising pictures for Dunlop TT 100s. (wish I still had it now).I knew him for only 3 short years and it was an honour.Does anyone out there have any pictures of the following:The ad for Dunlop TT100s showing the rear view of a MH Replica reg no HOH ---W (I think).The trophy presentation at the Mallory Park post TT meeting FI Race won by Mike Sponsored by Mr Topps Motorcycle clothing or the winners lap of honour(Red Rover SD1)Alan Mckay Marbella worlddealer@yahoo.com
Alan McKay <worlddealer@yahoo.com>
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I WILL ALWAYS BE A FAN. IN 1971 MY FIRST REAL BIKE BOOTS WERE A PAIR OF MIKE HAILWOOD REPLICAS. I WISH I STILL HAD THEM.THANKS FOR A GREAT SITE.
rob tare <ropat@iprimus.com.au>
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When I started riding bikes in 1970 the GP era of Mike Hailwood had already ended. When 1978 happened I was in the lucky position of being an official photographer at both the TT and the Mallory Park post-TT meetings, and I was able to see at first hand just what made Mike so much better than the rest. The legend is true!
Mike Turner <mike@software-wizard.com>
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Im afraid I am to young to have seen MIKE in action but both my parents did in the I-O-MAN and the way they spoke abount him made mike a hero for me before I read the books on his life I will show this site to my Parents Im very impressed and I am sure they will be to well done.
Richard Smith <RCSracing@yahoo.co.uk>
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A wonderfull site to a real sporting hero well done
Paul Hampson <Hampsonhaulage@aol.com>
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I was privileged to watch mike at the race of the year in 1967 at mallory park I HAVE photos of mike with ivy read and ago cooper williams spencer mike was the main man
charles parker <charlieandsue@hotmail.com>
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I've been told all about Mike the Bike by my parents, and it's fantastic, I'll definately be following you all now!! Keep up the good work!! and good luck Dave, all the best, Jayne
Jayne Hunter <javiergenal@terra.es>
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I've been told all about Mike the Bike by my parents, and it's fantastic, I'll definately be following you all now!! Keep up the good work!! and good luck Dave, all the best, Jayne
Jayne Hunter <javiergenal@terra.es>
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IWATCHED MIKE RACE HIS HONDA SIX AND OTHER MACHINES DURING THE MID SIXTIES AT BRANDS AND OTHER TRACKS,WHAT A GREAT RIDER,MY ALL TIME HERO, A SAD SAD LOSS TO THE SPORT.
bob painter. <bob painter@breathemail.net>
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I saw Mike race at the USGP in the mid sixties and again in 1971 on the BSA. I wish I could have seen him racing on the Island. I am 52 now and have had only one person that I would call MY HERO. "Ecurie Sportive" forever. Thank you Mrs. Hailwood.
Joel Greene <greenecycle@yahoo.com>
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How wonderful to hear that David has finished 11th in his first race.I know I am not alone when I say, I hope there will be many more races for you, David. Regards from Jon Price THE BIRMINGHAM TESTERS RUN
Jon Price <bhamtestersrun@yahoo.com>
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I have liked very much this site: I think Mike has been one of the greatest driver in racing world, for his personality thr greatest.
Daniele Bogani <boganid@tin.it>
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I saw Mike race quite a few times,but i think the one i remember best was at Cadwell Park.My friend and i had been working night shift on friday,and we went straight from work to Cadwell.When we got there it was the practise session and Mick was in the paddock sat on the 250-6 revving it up.It made the hairs on the back of my neck stick up.Mike was the best.A guy with no airs or graces.A true sportsman,and the best motorcycle racer ever.
Kev Richardson <rchrdsnsil@aol.com>
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Great site! Takes me back to happy days of yore. Thanks
Willie Keays <sh.keays@ntlworld.com>
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I was very pleased to come across an official site for this great rider who was both a hero and an inspiration to many followers of the sport. I never met the man himself but took a few pictures in the paddock etc and will always remember the spectacular sight of Mike plunging down Bray Hill at the Island on the Honda which obviously handled like a barn door! I wish all concerned with the site good fortune in its promotion!
David Sandeman <Da535@hotmail.com>
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The website is very good en i think that it is very special that David and Miss Hailwood are very close to this website, becouse it makes the website very official. Greetings, Mike
Mike Knipscheer <mikeknipscheer@hotmail.com>
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love this site,brings back great memories of the 60s at mallory park,watching mike racing. brilliant!!! norman.
norman hyett <nuttyhyett47@hotmail.com>
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Hello all. Yes my name is also Mike (32) ;] My parents named me after the 1 and only! My father was busy with welding (ESAB) in the motorace, late 70's and 80's. We had a great time. Anyway, i would like to say this homepage is really nice. Greetings from Holland ;]
Mike Hoff <hoff@honest.nl>
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GGGGGGGGGGGreat Iv'e always known he's the greatest. Only ever saw him race , live, once at Donnington. July 09, can't remember what year he whas on the big v twin Ducati. Blew the socks off the opposition till he slipped on oil. Ian
Ian Smith <iansmith2@cableinet.co.uk>
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Wonderful site dedicated to a truely great man. Well done to his family.Keep up the good work. I rember as a young photograher and road race fan the pleasure he gave to us all and what an inspiration he was.
IVOR EVANS <ivore@bigpond.com.au>
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It is great to be able to read and see new information about the MASTER. I first saw Mike race at the Chrystal Palace track in the late 50's with Dave Chadwick, and was in the IOM for his triumphant return. In between I saw him race many times, inc the ride at Mallory, after he had retired, when he showed all the respected scratchers the way home on a British single. I was lucky enough to meet him twice. Once as a fan at the Brands Hatch Race of the South meeting where he rode the wonderfull six. Later in 1978 when he performed the official opening of the Italian Motorcycle Stand at that year Earls Court Motorcycle show. In 1978 at the TT I was a guest of BMW hospitality in the paddock after the race when both Mike with Ted Macauley sat down after the race at the next table. I have never seen any photos of this and will delve into my collection and forward a selection of photos in due course. All the best with the site, it brings back many memories of the greatest rider, and finest ambassador the sport has ever had. Sincerely John Winthrope
John Winthrope <john@crossbow-calendars.com>
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First time I saw Mike racing was 1960 (I think it was)in St.Wendel near the French Border.I was a little boy, 11 years young.I collected an autograph from him.Some people offered me much money for it, but I`ll never give it away.Mike was the greatest rider of the world.
Bernd Bouillon <TT-Marshal@gmx.de>
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The one and only time I saw Mike racing was at the TT in 1966 ( I think it was 1966 - when the Seamens Strike was on and the TT was put back from June until just before the Manx Grand Prix.) I went for Big Friday only. I watched from Governors Bridge. What a fantastic noise the Honda made. Sent shivers down my spine! And I can still shut my eyes and picture Mike now. Slipping the clutch to get round Governors, it was deafening. On reading the earlier comments on this site, it quite brings a tear to the eye that someone was so well thought of and admired. Congrats on this site.
John INCE <Johyn@INCE53.freeserve.co.uk>
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I know Mike from books, articles and news about him. Because i wasn't borned yet at the time he was still racing. He is the only one who could win many race in a day. No one can never do the same. He was still now the most talented rider and the best rider ever. WE LOVE U "MIKE THE BIKE".
Irvan Imansyah <doel_22@yahoo.com>
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In 1978 I had the pleasure of seeing Mike win his come back T.T.I had never seen Mike race until then,but he did more than live up to my expectations.I had the chance to speak to him one morning on Douglas front,but did not want to bother him.Later that year I had the chance again at a bike show in London,and again I felt I would be bothering the man.How I wish I had had the courage to approach him.I will never forget that day in June 1978.Thanks Mike!!
Lew Shaw <lew.shaw@btinternet.com>
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I had the privilege of meeting Mike very briefly back in the early seventies, at Watkins Glen during a USGP wweekend. At the time He was driving (I believe), The Surtees TS9B in Brooke-Bond Oxo livery. He was gracious to this young F-1 fan...I followed the remainder of his F-1 career, and was deeply saddened by his death. Paulin and David...I wish you the best of luck...The best testament to one's life is to have his name honored long after it has ended...I hope we will all pass on our memories of Mike for generations to come.
Richard S. Elkin <richardelkin@msn.com>
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If the turnout for Sundays 'Testers Run' is anything to go by I doubt that Mike will ever be forgotten. That so many people made the effort on what started out as a miserable cold day is some tribute to his memory. I was never lucky enough to see him race, let alone meet the man. He was, I guess, part of the reason I got into Ducatis in the late seventies. It was a little depressing seeing how run down the area around the old H&G premises is. I'll take away plenty of good memories though:- the warmth and humour of the anecdotes of those who raced against him; the prescence of his 250 Ducati in the nave; Phil Read putting his 750 MV back in a van - up a ramp side saddle, casual as you like; the sound of the 850MV on open pipes as it pulled away from the church ; chatting to total strangers as if they were long time friends. Even my bevel behaved itself! (mostly.) A good day. Congratulations to the organisers.
Bob Fox <arfox1@aol.com>
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In 1976 I was part of two sidecar teams that traveld to New Zealand and raced in the 76/77 Marlboro Series. I had the pleasure of getting to know Mike during the series. He attended most of the meetings and was one of the nicest and polite racers I have ever met. Towards the end of the series, on the south island, I was present when he borrowed a set of leathers and helmet and took Warren Willings TZ 750 for a ride around the race track. That was the first time he had been on a race bike in some time and his reaction was " pretty quick isn't it" ( the TZ 750 at the time was of course a major hand full !!) not long after that Mike of course started racing again. I will always remember seeing him at Daytona a couple of years later and he remembered me and we visited for a while. Truly a remarkable racer as well as a true gentleman. The web site is long overdue and a wonderfully done.
Larry Coleman <LCole94782@aol.com>
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Simplement le meilleur ! Pensées pour Mike et Michelle ... Amitiés à Pauline et David . Déja 20 ans, mais personne n'oubliera Mike Hailwood !
Marc <ostermann@noos.fr>
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Today marks the 20th anniversary of Mike's passing. I was fortunate to see Mike in N.Z. on a couple of occasions - driving a Surtees and even riding a TZ750, followed by his riding a TZ750 at Bathurst in 1978 before he went to the I.O.M. To me he is the greatest rider for his abilities over a long timespan and, after his car racing days had finished, being able to come back and still be victorious at an age when most would have retired. I was too young to have seen him at his peak but have read about his exploits and am amazed. He will never be forgotten.
Peter Russell <prussell917@hotmail.com>
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Great web site, great rider. I had the privilege of racing with Mike and the honour of being beaten. Good luck Pauline and David. Hope to see you in the Isle of Man in 2001.
Michelle Ann Duff <mad8@cois.on.ca>
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Saw Mike race in 60's at Oulton Park.From Norton to Honda-6 The best - there will never be another to approach his genius
Kevin Flaherty <kevin.flaherty@offshore.xko.co.uk>
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En hälsning till den störste!
Åke cygnel <ac22@spray.se>
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The best! I was a regular as a teenager at Mallory, and Mike could ride round anyone (and usually did), as he took Gerards. I can remember him signing autographs for twenty minutes, whilst every other racer had long disappeared. And the 67 TT on the radio?.... My hero!
Pete Page <petepage@yahoo.com>
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What a great site, and long overdue. I never saw Mike race and have only vague memories of his 1978 TT victory (I'm 36), but as I grew and discovered my love of bikes I also learned more about the man who generated such loyalty and affection from racing enthusiasts the world over. I bought books about Mike and read article after article in the classic bike press. I can't say what I find so fascinating about a man I never met, but his exploits speak for themselves and, it seems to me, his humility touched the fans then and now. I sent off for my 'Mike the bike' T-shirt and, I'm sorry if it sounds nerdy, I'm wearing it as I type this. I'll be at the memorial run in Birmingham this month and I'll be proud to pay a tribute to a man who ranks as one of Britain's finest sportsmen; a great sportsman in every sense of the word. Cheers Graham Carrick - Thumper Club Chairman.
Graham Carrick <gcarrick@ubiquity.net>
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Great & Fantastic web site !!!
Win4ever <abc.xyz@soon.com>
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I like your page but it would be nice if you could get that old B-24 off of the page and put in a B-17 that was operating off of Snetterton, and not B-24's. HA HA
C. D. Terry <cdttexas@goquest.com>
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It's a great site though under construction . It's a pity i coulden't listen to the motorcycle sounds . Keep up the good work !
Gert Dijkstra <magbollahdijk@wanadoo.nl>
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I am the proud owner of an '83 Ducati Mike Hailwood replica. Every time I fire her up I remember Mike the Bike. Some times it takes a few minutes for the lump in my throat and the tears in my eyes to go away before I can pull away. Great site and thank you for the memories.
Deryle Mehrten <mehrten@primenet.ocm>
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Mike was my choice to win the TT. I had a Ducati single (still have it) and they assumed that Mike's bike would suffer the same minor electrical problems as mine. Well we all know what happened. Only Mike could have won. I always think of him when I visit my family in Birmingham. Keep up the good work on a fantastic web site.
David Kay <davidkay@axess.com>
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What a fantastic webiste. Saw Mike race the first time in 1958 at Zandvoort (NL), 9 years old at the time. Saw some familiar names amongst the commenst by the photographs, especially Shelagh Hartle (widow of the late John Hartle). Wish to thank the producers of this website for keeping the legend of Mike alive. Thanks Ferry Brouwer.
Ferry Brouwer <privefb@ahleur.nl>
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Fantastic site keep up the good work
Bryan Smith <bjmhc@supanet.com>
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I own a beautiful MHR I call her Sophia I would like to know more about her I think she was one off the first 500 produced and is in pristine condition as you would expect in South Africa anybody out there can help me thanks
Brian <brian_archibald41@hotmaail.com>
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I learned of Mike from my uncle,'Mike Phillips' who used to race a Norton Dominator. My uncle hails from Liverpool and remembers Mike pulling up outside the house in a Jaguar E-Type to pick him up.I have watched his races and learned a lot about riding, from watching-especially the Staying in-line with the bike and not trying this 'knee-down' crap, the benefits of which are only usually whinged on about by those who are incapable of just getting on a bike and riding it fast and efficiently. I pay my utmost respect to the man who's Talent and ability epitomises the sport and who's attitude and character makes me remember why i've been a Biker since the day i left school.
Andy Johnston <toka21@hotmail.com>
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I KNEW MIKE IN THE SIXTIES AS A RACER MYSELF ALTHOUGH IN RACES WITH MIKE I WAS AN ALSO RAN DESPITE HIM BEING A STAR HE ALLWAYS WAS ONE OF US.EVERY YEAR I RECIEVE A XMAS CARD FROM JOHN KIDSON ,A T.T. WINNER HIMSELF,IT IS ALLWAYS A CARD WITH PICTURE OF MIKE.THIS SHOWS THE AFFECTION MIKE WAS HELD IN BY US OLD RIDERS OF THE SIXTIES.A LOVELY CHAP SADLY MISSED.
ARTHUR LAWN <www.Arthur.Lawn@btinternet.com>
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Mike was my hero and this site is a magnet to me. I especially like the bike sound bites. In my youth I used to have the Murray Walker LP's of the TT's, they helped conjure up pictures of racing on the Isle of Man. It would be great if the site had some video clips of Mike in action.
Brian Charlwood <briancharlwood@pgen.net>
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I'm a collector of old pictures of motor race and I'm a motorcycle modeller. I felt a big emotion when I assembled Mikeís Honda 6 cylinder.It seemed me to go back to sixties when racers were talented man able to win fantastic races using little technologies. I saw a Mikeís race in 1970, in Pesaro (Italy) when he was in Benelliís Team. I was only 6 years old and I couldnít understand that he was such a great champion, the champion whom my father admired. Up to now my father and I think that Mike is the best motor racer of any time. I sent you some Mikeís pictures to honour the memories of a great champion, so I hope keep alive inside our hearts his memory Thanks Mike the Bike.
Alberto Garavini <alessandro.garavini@tin.it>
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I could see his Honda-Six in a museum and I still believe that nobody could have rode that bike better than Mike The Bike.Every time I see an MV Agusta I can imagine him racing in the TT Isle Of Man riding as he only knew how to ride. LONG LIVE TO MIKE THE BIKE!
Ricardo Charles <bloodymoon@terra.es>
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You have created a wonderful shrine to the greatest racer/sportsman that this century has been graced with. His wit, skill, grace, selflessness and loving heart has left a mark on so many of our lives. I was first touched by Mike while I followed my fellow country-man (Mike Duff) on his journey through Europe. As a result of many long conversations with Michelle of her career in racing, my admiration and respect for Mike has grown a thousand-fold. Thank you for yet another a wonderful gift that you have given an admiring fan.
Chris Thomas <cthomas@pathcom.com>
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I rode a Triumph Bonniville to Daytona to watch the race, I think it was 1964, or '65. I had a great time, and I was mesmerized by some guy who was riding circles around every- one-else. I asked who he was and what he was riding, and was told "he is Mike Hailwood from England, and he is riding an MV Agusta. He was the greatest rider I have or ever will see. I guess I kind of lost track of Mike, but I went to England in 1965, I was in the U.S Air Force, and I was sent to RAF Mildenhall. I could have seen Mike, if I had tried, and could have bought a new Triumph Bonniville, but I was so busy trying to have a career and raise a family, I didn't do either. But if anyone can ride half as well as Mike, I'll have to see it to believe it.
John Ray <jray757662@aol.com>
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fantastic site was only 11 when mike made his comeback father worshipped him!! is there a rce missing?? didnt mike race the duke at silverstone in 78?? i remember watching from stowe he got blown off down hangar but made it up round the bends (no surprise there) wot a shame he never got to race sheene at donington!! think the suzuki would have had the legs but coppice would have been interesting!!
Andrew <aemmins@aol.com>
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Just found the site and have read every article and looked at every picture contained here in. FANTASTIC!! What can you say that has not already been said. I grew up in Birmingham, the home of British Motorcycles and sadly the place where Mike was to loose his life in a stupid road accident. I followed his career before I could legally ride a motorbike and then as I trotted around the globe. Mike was a man who still today I refer to the greatest comeback ever known to motorcycle racing and for him to not just win, but to do so on a variety of machines at a place so demanding as the Isle of Man, shows just a small amount of the mans true talent. Then to be such a gracious gentleman as well, was the topping on the cake. There is and can only ever be one, Mike the Bike. Great web site, thanks. PS My wife makes a great Banana cake, but I much prefer Mike's recipe....
Lewis Turner <lturner@attglobal.net>
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Mike was, without doubt, one of the most genuine 20th Century heroes. After reading the Guestbook comments, I realise that I was one of the lucky ones who saw him ride on many occasions through the sixties. The very first time was at Mallory Park, 18th June 1961. I still have the programme which he happily signed in the paddock, later. This is one of my most treasured possessions, along with the memories of his effortless style and 'down-to-earth' nature.
Jim Duffy <jim@jduffyart>
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I only know Mike through his and others books, but have always admired his skill. As a person I have always heard only the best. Thanks for the website.
Martin C. Fox <mfox@ameter.com>
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Mike was the greatest Driver from the world. I¥am little, when he drive on the Sachsenring. My father was the presse-officer on Sachsenring. Now I have the greatest archive of east-german motorrace.
Mike Jordan <m.jordan@abo.freiepresse.de>
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I think of the sixties and i think of MIKE on his 350 - six.I have a tape which i watch now and then of mike,which gives me a lot of pleasure.This is a great site,keep up the good work,regards Peter.
Peter Hjorring <dear.peter@zfree.co.nz>
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Exellent site,love the bike sounds ,keep up the good work
nick woods <nick.j.woods@talk21.com>
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I saw Mike, Dave Chadwick and Frank Cope in their first races at the Roy Hesketh Circuit in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Later, I met Mike and many other riders at Mike's SA home in Hailwood Park, near Durban,(Built in conjunction with Frank Perris),when I was reporting on the "Natal TT" for the Natal Daily News. Mike kindly gave me a model kit of a Norton 500 to build. I saw Mike every year in which he came to SA and the sight of him on the NSU and Norton, will be forever in my mind. I was fortunate to have Pauline sign my copy of Mick Woollett's new book on Mike, which I bought at Beaulieu. Thank you, Pauline, for taking the time to chat to me about Mike's career in SA. You really made my day! There will never be another Mike.
Nev Duckworth <jeanev@cwcom.net>
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I first saw mike at mallory .that same year, made my first trip to the the island the year was 1967 .He had me hooked for life Still greatly missed.
b.jordan <bjordan@mcb.net>
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I am the organiser of THE BIRMINGHAM TESTERS RUN, an annual event for classic and modern bikes from the old Birmingham motorcycle factories to Wales. After this years event myself and a friend of Mikes rode over to Mikes grave. I would be interested in organising an annual run from Birmingham to the village where Mike is buried. First of all would you, Pauline, have any objections to that? Does anybody else think it is a good idea. Please let me know. regards to you all Jon Price.
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Just found the site it has brought back many great memories. We followed Mike's career from the mid sixties. What great pleasure he gave us. A true champion in every sense. You may be interested to know that we are in possesion of one of Mike's actual pudding basin helmets. It was won in a competition, I think run by Motorcycle news. Thanks for site Regards and all good wishes Bruno Brown
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I still have 1960 tt records love photos of mike and bill ivy good friends thanks for the good times.
john yaxley <jryaxley@hotmail.com>
orpington, kent england - Saturday, August 05, 2000 at 10:30:18 (EDT)
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I met Mike on his first visit to South Africa,(sorry don't remember the year) when he was 18yrs old, he came out here with a 250cc NSU Rennmax and at every track he rode he either broke the race or the lap record, I also have his book written with Ted Macauley,I was fortunate enough to get him to autograph this for me on one of his visits to the now non existant, Hesketh race circuit at Pietermaritzburg, this is now a treasured memento. I can only say thanks for all the pleasure he gave to me. Yours, Frank.
Frank Hasieber <ha989@mweb.co.za>
Durban, KZN South Africa - Friday, August 04, 2000 at 17:53:02 (EDT)
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The man, the rider who all "Ducatisti" should remember forever
Nacho Prieto <nacducati@yahoo.com>
Pamplona, Navarra Spain - Thursday, August 03, 2000 at 11:17:47 (EDT)
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The site is a great place to visit. One of the first bikes to ever grab my attention was a particularly tasty red/green/ model with a white stripe and lettering. Much like a Castrol oil tin (although the Italians will tell you the MHR900 was coloured off their national flag-fair assumption I suppose). Well now, I am happy to say I am the owner of one of the Mike Hailwood Replica's and I love the fact that so many people know who it is the bike is named after. Through sites such as this I keep learning more about the man who I have to say was the most influential bike racer of the century.....I only wish I'd known him or had the chance to see him race in the flesh. Will tell others about this site for sure.
Mick Flower <onthehill@eisa.com.au>
Melbourne, Victoria Australia - Wednesday, August 02, 2000 at 04:49:13 (EDT)
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During the late '70s raced a Ducati in the Island for three years, the same time as Hailwood's "come back". However, had seen him race there during the '60s for MV and Honda and, despite a few riders achieving more wins there since, NONE can exceed his talent!!! (apologies to Joey Dunlop; none to Agostini)
Captain Zero <captain0>
San Francisco, California U.S.A. - Sunday, July 30, 2000 at 18:52:11 (EDT)
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Motorcycling will always be hollow without MIKE. Still heartbroken for you Pauline.
THE BIRMINGHAM TESTERS RUN <bhamtestersrun@email.com>
Birmingham, United Kingdom - Friday, July 14, 2000 at 12:01:04 (EDT)
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I'm signing on behalf of my dad - our house is a Mike Hailwood shrine! Does anybody know where I can get the stickers to attach to a helmet - ie. the KANGOL & MARLBOROUGH ones? The vital ingredients to complete a replica helmet. Also can anyone tell me more about this new book - Is it available in shops? This site is great - its a shame my dad can't see it because he doesn't have access to the Internet!
Katie Merrick <kkmay1@yahoo.co.uk>
Oxford, - Friday, July 14, 2000 at 04:29:31 (EDT)
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Mike was the best!
DENNIS KALMUS <dennis@emcst.com>
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548-7275 USA - Monday, July 10, 2000 at 10:26:58 (EDT)
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In the early 60s I had a 175cc Gilera, therefore supported Hartle / Read / Caldarella - but always had to concede that there was no-one to touch Mike Hailwood. Glad to see he's well commemorated here. Thanks. It's brought back many memories.
Gareth Lewis <garann@ukonline.co.uk>
Cardiff, Wales - Sunday, July 09, 2000 at 12:42:27 (EDT)
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A wonderful site! I saw Mike race at Mallory in 1965 and Donnington in 1978 and he was brilliant.
Dalton Whitehouse <joan.whitehouse@sympatico.ca>
St.George, ontario Canada - Saturday, July 08, 2000 at 23:56:56 (EDT)
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The only time I saw and talked to Mike was when he was racing at Bathurst in N.S.W. near Sydney in Easter 1978,but I followed his career via magazines.Mike the Bike was exceptional,he was approachable,likeable and the best Rider the Sport will ever see.
Norman Black <blacknorman@hotmail.com>
Coolgardie, W.A. Australia - Saturday, July 08, 2000 at 12:56:21 (EDT)
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I was a very young man at Daytona early 1970's when a BSA 3 blew up while he was competing in the race. I was very disappointed. I 1actually got to touch his sword (the BSA 3). What a competitor. I will never forget MikeTheBike. For 30 yrs. an enlarged framed B&W photo of Mike at speed on a Honda 250 six has hung on my office wall.
Eric N. Denton <end@evansville.net>
Evansville, IN United States - Saturday, July 08, 2000 at 02:51:31 (EDT)
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I hope you had a chance to view the vcr tape I sent you. Hope you enjoyed yourself at the IOM. I did not see you on the telly. It was sad to hear of Joey Dunlap's departure.Shall be calling you in the near future.
Zack Dean <zackdean@msn.com>
Oklahoma City, OK USA - Thursday, July 06, 2000 at 21:20:25 (EDT)
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He was the best rider that ever lived he could ride any bike at any time and place and he would win. I saw him race at at the TT, Mallory Park, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park and many others, he was truly the best.
Robert Johnson <Boogla@Boogla.freeserve.co.uk>
Barrasford, Northumberland England - Sunday, July 02, 2000 at 06:32:09 (EDT)
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EXCELLENT SITE !!!!!!!; MUST COME RIDE IN SOUTH AFRICA, LOTS OF TWISTIES, NO BIKE RESTICTIONS, NO COPS !!!!!! JEAN VAN DER RIET; BAUMANS MOTORCYCLE CENTRE (SUZUKI &YAMAHA) SOUTH AFRICA.
JEAN <BAUMANS @LANTIC.NET>
VEREENIGING, GAUTENG SOUTH AFRICA - Saturday, June 24, 2000 at 03:25:02 (EDT)
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My life is richer having known Mike Hailwood--This website has brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat remembering those days that seem so long ago --It has been a long time coming and now my phone bill will go up even more as I spend many hours trawling through all the pictures and items--Well done--I, for one, will tell all my colleagues about this site--Excellent !! I will link from my site to yours as a recommendation
ian huntly <ian@ttfan.co.uk>
Reading, Berkshire UK - Sunday, June 18, 2000 at 05:00:53 (EDT)
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A hero, simply the most gifted man on 2 wheels and pretty sharp on 4. Today's overpaid racers could learn a lot by looking back at what he did.....
buz burridge <buzzard@prime.net.sa>
jeddah, western province saudi arabia - Saturday, June 03, 2000 at 09:04:21 (EDT)
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Wonderful Site about wonderful Mike The Bike I Will Send You Information soon about Mike Regards Pat,
Gesquiere Pat <pg.gesquiere@pi.be>
Diksmuide, WV Belgium - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 17:13:29 (EDT)
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Mike wash the greatest
J.F. Sollie <jf.sollie@worldonline.nl>
Kampen, Nederland - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 07:07:03 (EDT)
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I have no words for this great bikers and for this site. It is what I mean for motorcyclism. Unfortunately today, no way, to see the same thing (as unce upon a time). I wish you all great lucky as possible. Thank you all...
Enrico coloturos <yamasar@iname.com>
Rome, Italy Italy - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 06:50:13 (EDT)
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Loved the man and what he done for the sport of motorcycle road racing. Its wonderful that you have built this site and with your permission would like to link as many new racers of the world to it from my site in order for them to see more of the man who made The ART of Motorcycle Racing so ingrained in the riders that followed his illustrious career.Best Wishes....Gareth
Gareth Jones <garsuba@newracers.com>
Fort Frances, Ontario Canada - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 22:29:11 (EDT)
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Yes, Mike was the best of ever!I never forget when he won isle of Mann race, many years after he stopped racing in motorcycles and cars, with a motorcycle with a two stroke engine...
Rui Santos Campos Vieira <ruicamposvieira@hotmail.com>
Lisboa, Portugal - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 21:43:08 (EDT)
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You have created a wonderful place to remember one of the greatest motor-bike-racer ever. Best wishes from the Sachsenring !
Uwe Wittig <webmaster@uwewittig.de>
Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Saxony Germany - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 07:20:37 (EDT)
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A great web site and a wonderfull tribute to the most talented motorcycle road racer ever.
Harold Cosgrove <halmar@niagara.com>
Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 19:40:12 (EDT)
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I have followed Mike`s career from the very beginning and was lucky enough to meet him a few times in the Isle of Man and other meetings up and down the country in the 1950`s. I find the web page very interesting and informative and will spend many hours in the future trying to identify personalities. I heard about the web page on Manx Radio today May 6th 2000 when they interviewed Mike`s wife and was pleased to hear that she is hoping to go to the TT this year to perhaps start one of the Classic Races.
Derek Hankin <pat@aromacentre.co.uk>
Preston, Lancs UK - Saturday, May 06, 2000 at 16:08:28 (EDT)
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All my life I have read so much about" Mike the Bike" that I feel I know him without ever meeting him. He was the greatest bike racer ever & from I know the most humble & considerate gentleman in this or any sport. Good luck with site.
Don Medeiros <Bandit5@home.com>
Cranston, R.I. USA - Friday, May 05, 2000 at 16:13:00 (EDT)
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Mike was the best rider ever.He could get on any machine and invariably win.My fathers fondest memories are of him on board his 297cc six,especially at the isle of man in 1967 when he was only lapping 1 mph faster on the 500 4 than on the six.I am sure if he was still around and still had it he would have been at assen for the centennial classic 2 years ago as he was sadly missed.I would like to thank Luke Lawlor for his fantastic collection of bikes etc.
mike jones <mikejones123@yahoo.com>
carlisle, cumbria england - Friday, May 05, 2000 at 06:17:49 (EDT)
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As a high school kid, when my friends had "heroes" like Mickey Mantle mine was Mike the Bike. I never met him and never even had the chance to see him race, but there was never any question he was the great one. It's disturbing to me so few people outside the sport seem to know about him. I tell anyone who will listen about the "comeback in '78". That is truly a sports legend equalled by few and surpassed by none. It's certainly a story that deserves to be put on film. I guess he was great, "for the love of the sport."
Lee Estes <lcestes@earthlink.net>
Milford, MI USA - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 17:23:08 (EDT)
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I have been a Mike Hailwood fan since the mid 1960's. I was particularly pulling for him when he was riding the Honda's. It was wonderful when he came back out of retirement to win the Isle of Mann TT. Thanks for this website.
Nathaniel "Nat" Goode <www.IAM2GOODE@AOL.com>
Bessemer, Alabama USA - Friday, April 28, 2000 at 20:14:46 (EDT)
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I have been a fan for as long as I can remember. In the late 70s early 80s I had a small engineering business in Aston Birmingham about 1 mile from his shop. We often did work for the workshops and from time to time Mike came up to deliver or collect things. A super man never to be forgotten. ps I collect Hailwood memrobillia and have a small collection of interesting items and am always interested in anything new - please contact me if you can help. Will visit again soon.
Tony Teale <tonyteale@tamworth2.fsnet.co.uk>
Tamworth, Staffs UK - Friday, April 21, 2000 at 01:53:48 (EDT)
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i had the pleasure of meeting mike whilst racing in new zealand in the late seventies.i will never forget the party at his place in auckland.what a great bloke.
vaughan coburn <vaughan098@aol.com>
sydney, nsw australia - Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 19:33:50 (EDT)
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Thank you Pauline and David for such a wonderful web site.I am only 16 and have been lucky enough to meet everyone who raced against mike who is still alive and I have a ex mike helmet and a sach that he won at the dutch tt in 1967 on the 297cc honda six.There will never be another Mike Hailwood.
michael jones <mikejones123@yahoo.com>
carlisle, cumbria england - Friday, April 14, 2000 at 07:13:47 (EDT)
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I was lucky enough to see Mike at the TT in his come back year on the Ducati.There will never be such a versertile Rider again.
Colin Dalby <dalbycolin@hotmail.com>
Rutland England - Thursday, April 13, 2000 at 15:27:08 (EDT)
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This site is one of the best I have seen this year!!I really love this older stuff and just wish I was born earlier to see it first hand.Thanks
Michael J.Csiki <csiki_22@yahoo.com>
Ashford , CONN. USA - Thursday, April 06, 2000 at 21:44:09 (EDT)
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Great memories of a gentleman and a passion for racing. Best of luck with this site.
Sammy <sammygonefishin@flash.net>
Cincinnati, Ohio USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2000 at 08:35:55 (EDT)
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I had to visit the site on this special day! "Mike the Bike" was one of those rare individuals whose talents transended his pure riding and driving accomplishments, he helped shape the m/c racing world! Good Luck!
Kevin R. Wang <krw@supermoto.com>
Plandome, Ny usa - Sunday, April 02, 2000 at 21:46:58 (EDT)
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I virtually lived at Brands from late '50's to late '80's when I became resident overseas. No other rider sticks in my memory more than Mike, I had the good fortune to chat to him several times during practice sessions in the paddock and found him to be so modest and unassuming. Give him a half-decent bike and he was a winner...... Great Site Pauline & David, I will be a very frequent visitor. Peter Coveney (ex-Sittingbourne, Kent.....)
peter coveney <coveney@emirates.net.ae>
Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 23:55:25 (EST)
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S.M.B Hailwood . truly the greatest rider ever, and always a gentleman. his winning ways and battles with derek minter and co. at brands hatch are etched in my memory.
Roger Skipper <skipper@actrix.gen.nz>
auckland, new zealand - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 17:18:38 (EST)
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A brilliant tribute to a brilliant man and his brilliant achievements, well done to all involved.
Frank Graham <FRANCATI@cwcom.net>
Windermere, Cumbria UK - Friday, March 31, 2000 at 19:12:24 (EST)
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My Father watched mike the bike all over the world and has told me his storys, so after my fathers day i can hopefuly carrie on the story as no body else will.
Christopher Jones <None>
Carlisle, England Cumbria - Friday, March 31, 2000 at 06:47:08 (EST)
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Will always remember a real superstar, who took time out to chat to three awestruck teenagers in Douglas, I.o.M, back in the Sixties.
Geoff Blunt <lofno@s141.aone.net.au>
Sale, Vic Australia - Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at 19:13:14 (EST)
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I think this is a wonderful idea and it has already brought back many memories for me. Mike was a very good friend to my husband, John Hartle, and me in the 60's. I have a superb photograph of the two of them I am going to send you Keep up the good work - I shall visit the site often.
Shelagh Hartle <Shelagh.Hartle@ukgateway.net>
Goostrey, Cheshire England - Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at 10:37:03 (EST)
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THE MORE I READ AND HEAR ABOUT MIKE,THE MORE ADMIRATION I HAVE FOR WHO HE WAS AND EVERYTHING HE HAS ACHEIVED.CONGRATULATIONS PAULINE AND DAVID FOR GIVING US ALL EVEN MORE ACCESS TO THE LEGEND OF "MIKE THE BIKE".
PHIL HART <fastfuel@bigpond.com>
SYDNEY, NSW AUSTRALIA - Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at 05:11:16 (EST)
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He was my hero, and simply the best rider on any machine. I have my own small tribute site to the great man, but there can not be enough, and its nice to see a official one has been set up and I wish it well.
Jim Blanchard <jim.blanchard@virgin.net>
Grimsby, NE. Lincs UK - Sunday, March 26, 2000 at 17:04:45 (EST)
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Wonderful site for the Greatest ever! I consider myself lucky to have seen Mike race in the late 60's and I was at the Gooseneck on his TT comeback. I'm not ashamed to admit that there were tears in my eyes on the last lap of the F1 race! Gone, but certainly never forgotten. Best wishes to you both.
Roy Wildman <roy@flatout.screaming.net>
Derby, England - Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 17:02:52 (EST)
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Mike Hailwood, super star of super stars, in my opinion there is only one other person in his league and that is Ivan Mauger, one on the road and the other on dirt. Both the ultimate professionals. I was lucky enough to meet Mike at Birmingham Speedway in the late seventies when he had a bike shop with Rod Gould. It was like meeting GOD. I had read so much about him and to finaly meet the man........wow. I am sure your great site will just grow and grow and will get many visiters from all over the world. Long live the legend. Mike Hailwood SUPER STAR.
Carl Askew <carl@MotorCyclesOnly.com>
Sydnet, NSW Australia - Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 01:23:25 (EST)
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Thanks for such wonderful place to enjoy. There will never be another like Mike the Bike.
John W. Browning <jwbmcman@aol.com>
Colorado Springs, Colorado USA - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 23:20:15 (EST)
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A wonderful website, that helps to add to my knowledge of this great racing hero.
Butch Langabee
U.S. - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 22:49:08 (EST)
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A fantastic website and dedicated to the worlds best - Mike the Bike
Cynthia & Jimmy Tolmie <tolmie@netactive.co.za>
Alberton, South Africa - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 22:33:38 (EST)
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As an Brit living in the USA, it was a nice touch of home to visit your site, Great work.
Simon <caines9@aol.com>
Los Angeles, California USA - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 21:30:25 (EST)
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I was to young to remember Mike in his hay day,but i have since found out what a great man and rider he was.The Web site you have created Pauline is fantastic, and is a true reminder of the great memories Mike left us with.
GEOFF THORNE <rjthorne@ozemail.com.au>
MENTONE, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 20:45:53 (EST)
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Pauline & Dave: Fantastic! Ever since I first heard of Mike and his motorcycling exploits I have been a fan. I always enjoy seeing race footage and photos from his career. I am now even more excited about getting my Ducati Mike Hailwood 900 evoluzione.
Steve Schmidt <schmidts@saic.com>
CA USA - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 15:27:45 (EST)
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What a great web site ! what better way to honour a true racing hero and a gentleman. Mike is still today the most fascinating and talented racer ever on 2 wheels, he was the reason why I fell in love with bikes in the early sixties and still is my inspiration today ! Best wishes to his family, Mike is smiling from above us.
Jean-Paul Grasmuck <CBXtra6@aol.com>
Morristown, NJ USA - Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 23:31:21 (EST)
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nice site great photos
bob s <bschoolz>
johnston , r.i usa - Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 21:44:22 (EST)
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One word... WOW! I'll be visiting often. Great photo archive!
SportbikeWorld <robert@sportbikeworld.com>
Tempe, AZ USA - Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 18:20:27 (EST)
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Dear Pauline and David Thankyou for developing a Website worthy of Mike the Bike. Only you, his direct family could do it the right way. I found the Site advertised in the latest Australian Motorcycle magazines and well, here I am. I hold very fond memories of meeting Mike at the Castrol Six Hour at Amaroo Park in Sydney, he had just finished some Saturday practice on the Duke and I approached him to sign his book and the Petrol Tank of a Protar model of the Honda 250cc Six, was there a problem, no way. What a gentle man in a sometimes violent sport. I have both items placed between SMBH peuter tankcards in my Display Case. I appreciate the opportunity to help with photo archival info as time permits. A tremendous idea to involve the fans. I will NEVER forget Mike, in light of the coverage of Grand Prix and SBK Competition today I believe Mike would have added a marvellous banter and massive knowledge base to commentary etc. Best regards for success with the Website and the development in Spain.
Derek Hanbidge <cademail@ozemail.com.au>
Brisbane, Queensland Australia - Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 05:22:51 (EST)
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I remember reading about 'Mike the Bike' when I first started riding in the early 60's. It was alway fun to read how he would blow the competition away with his skill. God knows he never had the best handling bikes to ride. Thank you for reminding us all of how great a man he was!
Mike Kieber <iwheelie@earthlink.net>
Reno, NV USA - Monday, March 20, 2000 at 22:56:41 (EST)
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He was, simply the best! thanks for a great site
John <varcs@chariot.net.ay>
Adelaide, Sth. Aust Australia - Monday, March 20, 2000 at 05:52:39 (EST)
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A great Tribute to a great man and the machine that he operate...
Warren Brewer <warren@intemora.net.au>
Temora , N.S.W AUSTRALIA - Monday, March 20, 2000 at 01:18:38 (EST)
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Your website is terrific. We are both fans and will keep on checking every now and again on the site.
Robert and Megan Pettingill <rooster@casterton.mtx.net.au>
Casterton, Victoria Australia - Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 00:48:47 (EST)
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What a great idea, a terrific site for the enthusiast, especially older ones like me. Saw Mike at IOM in '67 on the early 500 Honda 4, what a beast. Favourite memory is Snetterton late 60's, Mike on the Honda 250 four, rode it in 250/350 & 500 or open. In each race he took a regular national grade rider out with him for 3 or 4 laps then cleared off and broke the outright lap record, improving it in each race. With no competetion to push him, that was the class of a true champion.
Dave Amor <signs@penrith.signwave.com.au>
Kurrajong, NSW Australia - Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 00:45:41 (EST)
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Fantastic idea.Look forward to re-visiting the site as it expands.Thanks for shareing the memories.
Paul Cook <cookie@eagles.com.au>
Sydney, New South Wales Australia - Friday, March 17, 2000 at 23:49:01 (EST)
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Pauline, the memories of Mike are with us forever,mine are from Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod N.I. MIKE the BIKE - CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS Best Wishes from Australia
Robert Tosh <bobtosh@senet.com.au>
Adelaide, South Australia Australia - Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 05:21:43 (EST)
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A great site for a great man. And finally a chance to thank George French for bringing Mike and his Dad to Willow Springs. If I recall correctly, Mike just rode away from everyone that day, till his Dad signalled him to cool it...which he did...just a bit. There will never be another Mike. Thanks for helping keep the memory alive.
Chuck Lantz <FergiLantz@aol.com>
San Francisco, California USA - Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 12:35:32 (EST)
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Dear Pauline, it was my pleasure to bring Mike, Paddy Driver, and Mike's father to the US for the first International race at Willow Springs in 1962. He sure showed the Americans the way around the track. It was this first experience racing against Mike that sparked the US riders to try International racing. My congratulations to you for this fine web site.
George W. French <Oilextreme@aol.com>
Riverside, California USA - Monday, March 13, 2000 at 19:13:14 (EST)
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I am a young bike rider and racing fan, and it looks to me that Mike set the standards that others try to follow.I wish I was lucky enough to see him race.Well Done on a great web site.
Guy Singleton <Guy.Singleton@ukgateway.net>
Kent England - Monday, March 13, 2000 at 18:11:32 (EST)
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Dear Pauline, Thanks for bringing back some great memories,I'm an expatriot Brit. & I met Mike a few times in the late 50's early 60's. I remember talking to him at a party in Kingston, I told him that I rode scrambles (MX now) & he informed me that I must be nuts to do that. I think my response was, "me nuts? I was at Brands last weekend & I saw you going around Clearways in a 2 wheel drift & it was pouring down rain, who's nuts?" Great web site for a great man, on & off the track. All the best in the future.
John Wilkes <moto@ap.net>
Santa Rosa, California USA - Sunday, March 12, 2000 at 15:21:43 (EST)
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Thanks for doing this. Mike Deserves it. There will only ever be one "Mike The Bike".
Mike Dickenson <emmdeedee@cs.com>
Woodland Park, Co 80863 USA - Saturday, March 11, 2000 at 22:32:13 (EST)
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Dear Pauline, I and the motorcycle world thank you for what you have given us here. I had a few other riders I followed through the 50`s, but when Mike came on the scene, there was no room for the others. I have done many paintings of this great man in the past for American Honda and other private indiviguals and still keep one that looks over me. I feel we will never know the true greatness of this man called Mike. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Robert M. Allen <matchbox@rockisland.com>
Eastsound, Washington USA - Friday, March 10, 2000 at 23:05:20 (EST)
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I grew up poring over magazines for articles about Mike. He truly was the greatest racer. I finally got to hear the 250 six at Steamboat and see Nobby fettle it a few years ago. I only wish I could have seen the complete picture.
Les Johnson <teamfossil@aol.com>
Phoenix, Arizona U.S.A, - Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 22:36:18 (EST)
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Just wanted to say Hello
Ray Barrel
Biggin Hill, Kent England - Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 08:01:16 (EST)
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Words do not say enough. Seen the rest Mike was the best
Ralph Crellin <ralph-crellin@hotmail.com>
Crosby, Isle of Man - Wednesday, March 08, 2000 at 17:18:03 (EST)
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At first I was a doubter along with thousands of others, but after seeing him fall off twice, in the same race at Oulton Park, and still win, I was converted. He was possibly the only competitor who was greater than his sport.
Peter Lancaster <lancaster@mcb.net>
Port St. Mary, Isle of Man - Tuesday, March 07, 2000 at 15:49:21 (EST)
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thanks to mike the greatest ever
colin yates <coilin@efcsytemsinc.com>
u.s.a - Monday, March 06, 2000 at 14:01:53 (EST)
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Just started ! Top man.
Mick Fitzgerald <mick@fitzgerld82.freeserve.co.uk>
London, England - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 20:09:53 (EST)
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Met Mike at the bike shop he owned with Rod Gould in Birmingham - just a lovely person who is missed so much. Good luck Pauline in all that you do.
Henry Bryan <A18THB@aol.com>
Liphook, UK - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 09:57:20 (EST)
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I was only 13 years old when my Brothers took me to the island to see Mike on his comeback in 1978. I cheered and celebrated with the rest of the Island when he won. Later that year I met him at the bike show in Birmingham. I was only a kid but he chatted to me like an old friend. Since then I have tried to read all I could about the great man. Mike truly was the greatest of all time. There will never be another. Great site - the memories will live forever.
Colin Stokes <Colstokes@Bigfoot.com>
Dudley, England - Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 19:17:46 (EST)
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I am a biker in Warwick, a Honda Maniac and inexorably linked in many ways with the sights and sounds of the Man I am too young to remember, but thanks to your New Web Site I can get up to speed with everything I never knew about Mike The Bike. Thank You. Dez.(34)
Dez Chand <vfr@i.am>
Warwick, UK GB - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 16:29:58 (EST)
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Brilliant Site, keep up the good work. I am the anorak you have been looking for, anything I can help you with I will, gladly. I will be keeping an eye on your site, as you keep Mike alive in all our eyes, as he is in our hearts. Many Thanks, Mad Dog.
Mad Dog <sbarker@jaguar.com>
Coventry, UK GB - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 16:26:34 (EST)
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What a great tribute to one of the all time greats. Motorcycle racers of today could learn so much from this man.
chris matheson <christopherj@matheson99.freeserve.co.uk>
England - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 09:23:39 (EST)
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The painting of Mike on a Honda Six takes pride of place on my study wall ad is titled "Unforgettable" which says it all - he left so many happy memories which this site will help to bring back.
Roger Corbett <roger@corbett20.freeserve.co.uk>
Baildon, UK - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 08:38:47 (EST)
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An excellent site - well done. Mike was one of the worlds finest sportsmen and will remain my all-time hero.
Allan Wren <Allanwren@chapcott.freeserve.co.uk>
Stockton-on-Tees, UK - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 18:54:26 (EST)
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Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood, "Simply the best, better than all the rest". The words of this song sum up the GREATEST ever! I was lucky enough to see his return to the TT and watch him systematically set about destroying Phil Read in a Titanic battle. Little did I know then that I would one day go on to race on the Mountain circuit for 16 years at the Manx. Mike you were truly a remarkable man.
Barry Clay <camraom@unforgettable.com>
Norwich, England - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 13:07:11 (EST)
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The writing on his Head Stone say's it all "To Great in Life to be forgotten in Death"
Mike Whitworth <mike.whitworth@lineone.net>
Gloucester, UK - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 11:11:59 (EST)
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as a young man ,my friends and i watched and admired mike. in the 1970s we met mike at the isle of man during the tt races. it was in the palace ballroom, where the prizes were being presented for the days racing. i introduced myself and mike was very nice to me and my friends. at the time he was world champion and recognised as the worlds greatest race rider, yet he still had time to offer us all a drink and chat to us for a while. he was summoned to appear on stage so he left our company and proceeded to receive his trophy. all my friends still admire him today as the greatest rider we have seen and as the great man he was.
mike bevington <mike@fonetalk.co.uk>
porthcawl, u k - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 10:06:41 (EST)
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I saw this site advertised in MCN this week and could not get on it quick enough. I was blessed with the oppertunity of watching the MASTER at work a few times, one memory that has always remained to this day was watching mike at Brands in a Hutch 100 meet, the level of consontration on his face(we could stand much closer to the track side then) was unbelievable, and yet you knew that he was relaxed and just waiting his time to just clear off,(ask Phil Read)We were robbed of a truly great man. The sound tracks along with the photo's have gone straight onto my hard disk, they make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, and lots of fond memories return of this unbelievably skilled rider.
Tim Bently <Tim@annasewell.freeserve.co.uk>
- Friday, February 25, 2000 at 16:50:20 (EST)
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What a great man and rider S.M.B.Hailwood. To be able to get off the Honda 6 after winning, then come out on a 500 single and still win beating the best British riders (who where really trying) was unbelievable. good luck with the site.
Eddie Major <eddie@avocetway.fsnet.co.uk>
Bridlington Yorkshire, England - Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 18:31:19 (EST)
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I am privileged to say that I watched many of mikes races over the years, many rides have followed but if you were there and saw him,you would know that he is truly a legend.
RON TEMPLEMAN <ronald.templeman@connect-2.co.uk>
radlett herts, england - Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 17:07:47 (EST)
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Mike Hailwood was simply the best rider i ever saw,he could ride anything and my most enduring memory was of Mike&Bill Ivy locked wheel to wheel on a pair of Kirby Matchless's at Brands in the late sixties,simply wonderful.
Gordon Abercrombie <gordi@gabercrombie.freeserve.co.uk>
Cheltenham, glos. England - Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 14:30:54 (EST)
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Lovely site & Mike's popularity & the regard in which he was so rightly held & remembered ensures it will just get better & better. Excellent.
Roger Loveday <roger.loveday@fentongroup.co.uk >
King's Lynn, England - Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 12:32:05 (EST)
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I was very privaleged to be in the Era when Mike rode.These young ones will never see another rider like him. Any bike any track anytime anywhere,nothing bothered the man and no excuses.
Brian Coleman <Brian@coleman39.freeserve.co.uk>
Notts, England - Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 19:27:45 (EST)
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Wonderful site and a fitting tribute to a great man. Like many I saw him race both cars and bikes and treasure the memories. A man of his stature is sorely missed in this graceless age. I have a signed copy of 'Mike the Bike Again' which is very special to me. Good luck with the site and its intentions.
Steve Bourne <sbourne@uk.packardbell.org>
Coventry, UK - Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 16:35:55 (EST)
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Oulton Park in the late sixties was my home track and I spent many hours watching SMBH during practice and races "playing" with the opposition, I still have the Double LP recording of the IOM Diamond Jubilee and the sound of the Hondas is still sweet music. I remember Mike and Bill Ivy dressed as hippies at one meeting and being refused entry to the paddock cos the official didn't recognise them. The site is a brilliant idea and brings back good memories.
Maurice Hardman <mauricehardman@hotmail.com>
Smallfield,Surrey, UK - Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 16:21:55 (EST)
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What style and skill...no need for Kneesliders, just tidy and the fastest ! Does anyone remember Oulton Park in 1967 (?) when he left the multi-cylinders in the paddock and rode a Manz Norton against Phil Read on a G50 and Derek Minter on a Manx...He won that too !!
STEVE BEAVAN <beavan.family@virgin.net>
Wiltshire, UK - Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 13:56:38 (EST)
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MIKE WAS ONE OF MY ALL TIME HEROES AND I TRIED MY BEST TO EMULATE HIS SKILL AND SPORTSMANSHIP DURING MY 23 YEARS OF ROAD RACING. IF I ONLY MANAGED 10% I WILL HAVE SUCCEEDED. GREAT SITE FOR A TRULY GREAT MAN.
JERRY FIFORD
NEW MALDEN, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 10:12:00 (EST)
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Lucky for me seeing mike the bike at the isle of man, and I said hello to him. He was my hero and there will be nobody to take his place for me. there have been some great riders since but mike was the MAN...
dave berry <me@daveberry.co.uk>
cleveland, england - Saturday, February 19, 2000 at 15:06:32 (EST)
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TO MY ETERNAL REGRET, I HAVE NEVER BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE SEEN MIKE HAILWOOD RACE. HOWEVER, AS A YOUNG BIKER IN THE 60's, I READ AVIDLY OF HIS MANY ACHIEVEMENTS - A TRULY GREAT RACER, SPORTSMAN, AND AMBASSADOR FOR MOTORCYCLING. AS A 50 YEAR OLD 'BORN AGAIN' MIKE HAILWOOD IS STILL MY No.1
DEREK BELL <www.dbell@tcd.ie>
DUBLIN, IRELAND - Tuesday, February 15, 2000 at 06:59:48 (EST)
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I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO WITNESS ONE OF THE GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS EVER,MIKE'S F1 WIN AT THE 78 TT,THERE'S NOTHING LEFT TO SAY THAT'S NOT ALREADY BEEN SAID.HE WAS AND IS A LEGEND AND STILL WORSHIPPED BY MILLIONS.........SHOULD BE A BRILLIANT SITE.
TONY REID <tony.reid@lineone.net>
ALDERSHOT, HANTS UK - Monday, February 14, 2000 at 14:57:44 (EST)
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Hello, Anybody remember Mike on the Honda 250 '6 at Oulton against Phil Reid Yamaha in the late 60's? I do.
Chris Boden <cboden@hotmail.com>
Telford, UKHH - Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 15:16:19 (EST)
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I learnt of your web site in this weeks MCN. Had to visit it. No-one who watched Mike the Bike race will ever forget him. S.M.B.Hailwood was a "one off". We'll not see his like again, more's the pity.
Peter.R.Farman. <peter.farman@halliburton.com>
Norwich, UK - Friday, February 11, 2000 at 08:29:55 (EST)
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Mike was my hero (still is) I was just starting out biking in the 60's. I saw Mike all over the UK and the IOM, I have all the books about him, and met him a several times. What a fantastic sportsman.
Steve Palmer <madpeople@palmers.fsnet.co.uk>
Donington Le Heath, Leicestershire UK - Friday, February 11, 2000 at 06:57:56 (EST)
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I first saw Mike race when he returned to the Island he was brililant ,he was a true sportsman as well as being probbaly the best bike racer ever .
Howard Webb <howard@webbh.fsnet.co.uk>
Norwich, Norfolk England - Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 15:21:31 (EST)
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DEAR PAULINE Thank you what a great web site,lovely memories,nothing to say,it has all been said,actions speak louder than words. The man is a LEGEND,not for just his racing but for his sportsmanship,only he raced for ECURIE SPORTIVE.Never will EDGAR JESSOP ,be seen again ????
PAUL AYRE <TTPAUL@tinyworld.co.uk>
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 09, 2000 at 18:58:04 (EST)
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Had the pleasure of seeing Mike race in the sixties & when he made his return in the late eighties. All i can say is simply the best Regards
Thomas M Irvine <thomasirvine@cableinet.co.uk>
Livingston, Scotland - Wednesday, February 09, 2000 at 09:38:51 (EST)
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Dear Pauline, What a great way to remember Mike, you're in my favourites folder so I can click back when the scrapbooks are finished, my Dad was a huge fan so I'll email him too. Best of luck with the site, regards Tigger
Tigger, Editor, Bikersweb.co.uk <tigger@bikersweb.co.uk>
UK - Wednesday, February 09, 2000 at 09:06:40 (EST)
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Simply Splendid! My father and mother's memories and admiration of Mike's appearence at Willow Springs,CA in the 60's were passed on to me at an early age. I would read anything published about his exploits, wishing for the chance to see him compete. To this day I regret the loss. Thank you for sharing your memories. Best Regards
David H. Weems <manxcafe@redshift.com>
Marina, CA United States - Saturday, February 05, 2000 at 03:32:08 (EST)
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Great guy and great wife, wishing you the best of luck with the web and hotel project, regards Paul Young
Paul Young <paulyoung@ctv.es>
Spain - Monday, December 13, 1999 at 09:09:09 (EST)
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First saw Mike at Brands Hatch in the sixties,on a Kirby Matchless,then on the Honda six on it's first outing in the UK,never ever forgotten-the man always looked as though he was just cruising but was actually going much faster than anyone else-and more approachable in the paddock than most.Thanks for great memories and good luck with the website-I'm sure it will go from strength to strength.Keep in touch.
Ron Allin <ron.allin@line.one.net>
Salisbury,Wiltshire, UK - Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 12:09:21 (EDT)
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I had the privledge of meeting Mike in Australia ?1980 I think.,when he came to race at Bathurst on TZ750 Yamaha arranged by Milledge Yamahas' Gerry O'Brien. Mike had the choice of being driven around by the celeberities at the time but chose not too, and accepted my offer of transport,in my 1964 Holden EH with myself and my wife. In the very short time of two days I realised that I had met with one of the most humble and down to earth persons it has been my fortune to meet.I consider it the greatest priveledge Ihave had.As it happened we were not able to get the race result befitting the man due to our inability to maximse the bkes potential,from memory Hideo Kanya aworks rider for Yamaha stole the thunder.Thank you for this opportunity to reflect on truly a great person
Carl Dillon <dillonc@netspace.com.au>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Thursday, October 14, 1999 at 00:47:06 (EDT)
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SIMPLY THE BEST
DAVID JONES <deephysio@netscape.co.uk>
LLANRWST, NORTH WALES. UK - Thursday, October 07, 1999 at 16:15:23 (EDT)
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THANKS FOR ALL OF THE GOOD TIMES WATCHING THE RACES
GORDON REED <GVRGOLD@AOL.COM>
WINTER SPRINGS, FL USA - Saturday, September 25, 1999 at 15:47:35 (EDT)
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Looks good. Please tell me when it's done!!!
Nick <jwillich@wsu.edu>
Pullman, WA USA - Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 00:01:23 (EDT)
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I found your site by accident, it is obviously under construction, but it looks very good. Please let me know when you are opening.
Jim Salinger <jsalinger@ren.f>
Finland - Tuesday, July 13, 1999 at 11:09:32 (EDT)
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