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Mike Hailwood Documentary - "An Ordinary Hero"

BT Sport are showing a new 90 minute documentary about Mike Hailwood called "An Ordinary Hero" on 26th March 2014 @ 21:30

 


Mike Hailwood - THE EXHIBIT - by David Hailwood

A lovely jesture from one of Mike's fans

We recently had an email from John Hatton, one of Mike's fans, which read .....

"As a great fan of Mike and having met him a number of times at races I was thrilled to see a special one off display at the forth coming show in London. At the peak of his racing days I made up two scrap books with dozens of cuttings from magazines, papers etc all focused on Mikes incredible achievements. I would love to donate these to the museum."

John met up with Dave Hailwood at the London MCN Motorcycle show in February 2014 and presented Dave with the scrap books.

John says "I met up with David and I attach a picture of me handing over the scrap books. David allowed me to sit on one of the bikes, and memories of Mike racing flooded back, it has been a very special moment for me. I hope you like the scrap books?"

We certainly did ... thanks John!!

Tragic Accident

We have now learned that the rider who was sadly killed in an accident on Sunday morning was Mr Neil Christian. He had joined a small group including Dave Hailwood, riding up from Hertfordshire to Birmingham to join the ‘Memorial Run’ and through no fault of his own, died at the scene.

As I understand it, they had not got very far when on a short stretch of dual carriageway, a car joined the road via a slip road, crossed straight into the fast lane and collided with Neil’s bike knocking him into the Armco barrier, then swerved back across both lanes ending up in a ditch. The driver had to cut out of the car but survived. Another female rider was almost hit but luckily managed to brake in time. Dave was some distance behind and not involved.

Dave has since spoken to Mrs Christian and offered our sincere condolences. Mrs Christian told him that, “Neil died doing what he loved most”.

The funeral will be next Thursday 31st March and we send our deepest sympathy to Neil’s family and understand completely what you are going through.

God bless.
Pauline Hailwood


The 2011 Mike Hailwood Memorial Run

"Mike’s fans never cease to amaze me, and yesterday was no exception. The fine weather saw around five hundred biker’s gather in Birmingham, to mark the 30th Anniversary of the death of Mike Hailwood and his daughter Michelle by taking part in the motorcycle run to the church at Tanworth-in-Arden Warks, where they are laid to rest."


Photo by Anth Andrews/Heidi Bennifer

"I had travelled up early by car to Tanworth with my six-year-old grandson Mike, and was pleased to see that there were many riders already gathering on the village green and around the church.
I had arranged to meet up with Carol Steer the ex-secretary of Ruckleigh School, Solihull, which was the school that Michelle and Dave had attended at the time Michelle was killed. Carol had with her the current headmistress Mrs Barbara Forster, who informed me that since Michelle died, they have annually awarded a “Michelle Hailwood prize for Art” on their Prize Giving Day. Michelle had enjoyed art, and I was so very pleased and touched to hear that she is being remembered in this way. She is often forgotten in the shadow of her father, so this means a lot to me, and I would like to give my sincere thanks to Ruckleigh School for honouring Michelle’s memory.

It was wonderful when the main procession of bikes arrived in the village, streaming in on some truly beautiful bikes old and new, with many of the riders wearing “ Hailwood” helmets and jackets. I expect the villager’s weren’t quite so impressed, and my apologies to them for any inconvenience; but little Mike and I loved seeing and hearing all the bikes arrive.

There was a sparkling Honda ‘6’ replica at the church entrance as a reminder of Mike’s five World Championship wins riding a Honda. I don’t know to whom it belonged, but many thanks for bringing it along."


Photo by Anth Andrews/Heidi Bennifer

"The church was full and the short service included a tribute from Ken Sprayson the well known and highly respected welding specialist, who had worked on Mike’s bikes many times. And also from John Peters, an ex-Dunlop friend who also does a wonderful job in taking care of Mike and Michelle’s grave. Living much nearer to Tanworth than me, he likes to do it, and he gives me peace of mind to know that it is well cared for, so my sincerest thanks to John for that.

After the service we were led to the graveside for the final prayers by highland bagpiper Frank Menzies-Hearn playing the pipes. Frank is also a Mike fan, and I would like to thank him for adding this lovely touch to the event.

It was wonderful to see old friends and the incredible loyalty of Mike’s fans. Thank you for all your stories, photos and pieces of memorabilia that you brought along to show me. I know that I speak for Mike too when I say how much your loyalty is appreciated, you are all amazing. Also a special thanks to Ted and Norma for your very kind gift, I’m sorry I don’t have your contact details to write and thank you personally.

ITV4 filmed some of the proceedings and interviewed me as part of a documentary which is being made about the TT, so presumably it will be shown sometime in June.

My final thanks go to Jon Price, the organiser of the event. Without a police escort this year, it can’t have been easy getting 500 or so bikes organised through the streets of Birmingham and out to Tanworth, so very well done Jon and many thanks to you for all your work.

When I took little Mike home to his mum and dad, he told them, “ it’s been a very special day for us” and indeed it was, but very sadly it was overshadowed by the tragic accident of a rider who had set out to join the run with a small group including Dave Hailwood, riding up from Hertfordshire. The accident was so severe that afterwards, none of the group felt able to continue and went home. We will make a further statement when we have more details and have spoken with the family concerned. Needless to say our thoughts are with them. Dave would like to send his apologies for not being there yesterday, but hopes that you understand."

 

My very best wishes to you all.
Pauline Hailwood

 

 

 


Photo by Anth Andrews/Heidi Bennifer


Photo by Robert Deloyde


Photo by Robert Deloyde


Photo by Anth Andrews/Heidi Bennifer

 

 

The Mike Hailwood Memorial Run - revised time

PLEASE NOTE - revised time is now 11.45am at Bracebridge Street B6 4PF and not 11.30am.

THE MIKE HAILWOOD MEMORIAL RUN SUNDAY MARCH 20th 2011

500 Riders expected.

REVISED MH RUN START TIME 11.45am at Bracebridge Street B6 4PF

To: TANWORTH IN ARDEN, WARWICKSHIRE
St Mary Magdalene : Tanworth Green, East side, Tanworth-in-Arden, West Midlands, B94 5AL

This years run (2011) will start slightly later at 11.45am so as to ensure we do not interfere with the previous service and the congregation leaving the church and village.

Last year there were lots of complaints about West Midland's Police insistence in driving down the dual carriageway between Maypole and Portway at speeds between 15 - 30 mph.

CAN I ASSURE EVERYBODY THAT WM POLICE WILL NOT BE WITH US THIS YEAR AND I WILL BE LEADING THE PROCESSION MYSELF AT A SPEED MORE IN KEEPING WITH A MOTORCYCLE EVENT!

We also have a new route this year that will completely avoid Moseley and Kings Heath and give everyone a much easier and enjoyable riding experience. (No, its not down the motorway!)

Pauline & David Hailwood will be with us this year. Pauline is going straight to the church and David will join us at Bracebridge Street and ride in the procession.
Ken Sprayson and John Peters will talk about Mike at the church service which will be around 30 minutes long.

Please remember that Tanworth in Arden is a very small village with extremely limited parking around the village centre , PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON OR AROUND THE VILLAGE GREEN, we have exclusive use of the school car par at the rear of the church. The procession will arrive in convoy in the village, please follow the marshals instructions and proceed past the village green & church to the school car park.

Can I ask everyone to enter and leave the village with an appropriate speed and noise level.

Jon Price - organiser
See http://madeinbirmingham.org/hailwood.htm

 

The Mike Hailwood Memorial Run
Sunday March 20th, 11.30 am 11.45 am from The former Norton factory, Bracebridge Street, Birmingham.

This years run is a very special one with both Pauline and David Hailwood attending, there will also be a short service at St Mary Magdalen's church at Tanworth in Arden where Ken Sprayson will speak about his memories of Mike.

Can I ask you all to make a big effort this year, which marks the 30th anniversary of Mike's death and also of course of his daughter Michelle.

It's important that this great man is not forgotten and this memorial run is one of the ways we can ensure that Mike's memory is kept alive. Please do publicise the event with your friends and at your club or any way you can. We had 400 riders last year so lets see if we can better that this year. There will be off road parking at the school again and there is plenty to do in the area afterwards, the National Motorcycle Museum is close by too.

We will probably have a Police escort, government cuts willing! Also there is talk of a new route through Cotteridge but don't hold your breathe!

See http://madeinbirmingham.org/hailwood.htm

We thank CAROLE NASH INSURANCE for sponsoring this event.


David Hailwood Leaves Hailwood Motorcycle Restorations

I have stepped down from my position with Hailwood Motorcycle Restorations to pursue another opportunity in the motorcycle industry. I took the position in early 2008,and have enjoyed working with the company's vendors and customers. Initially, it was with great pride and great satisfaction to see the Hailwood name associated with this new venture. Due to a change in circumstances, I want to alert friends and family - as well as vendors and customers of HMR -- that the Hailwood family is no longer associated with HMR. After a brief transition period, the Hailwood name, and associated trademarks, shall be discontinued from use. As a former goodwill ambassador for the company -- and employee -- I wish the new owners god's speed. For HMR's vendors and customers, I wish to make it clear that neither I, nor any other member of the Hailwood Family, shall be responsible for any of HMR's obligations.

For Love of the Sport. -- Dave Hailwood - August 2009

An Audience with David Hailwood at the Manx Museum

Motorbike enthusiasts and racing fans will get the chance to meet and pose questions to the son of TT racing legend Mike Hailwood at “An Audience with David Hailwood” in the Manx Museum Lecture Theatre at 2pm on Saturday 30th May. Admission is free.

David will talk about his father’s racing career and his own life-long interest in motorcycles. Members of the audience will be invited to pose questions to David during the one hour session.

Matthew Richardson, Curator: Social History for Manx National Heritage said:

“Mike Hailwood, arguably the greatest ever British motorcycle racer, raced on the Isle of Man between 1958 and 1967 – some of his finest moments were as a factory rider for Honda, including the Honda’s first ever TT win in 1961, and the famous diamond jubilee TT of 1967 when he battled for the Senior TT title with Italian Giacomo Agostini. “In 1978, when Hailwood spectacularly returned to the TT, he reportedly drew an extra 50,000 fans to the Island.”
TT visitors can also see the 1961 TT winning machine, on loan from the National Motor Museum, and other Hailwood memorabilia as part of the exhibition ‘Honda – The Golden Age’ in the Manx Museum temporary exhibition gallery. The exhibition will be open to the public from 30th May to 5th September 2009. Admission to the Manx Museum is free.

To coincide with this spectacular new exhibition, Manx National Heritage and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company are launching a competition for visitors to win a trip to TT 2010 for 2 riders and 2 motorcycles. The competition will run for the duration of the exhibition. Entry forms will be available from the Isle of Man Steam Packet, The Isle of Man Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal in Douglas and all Story of Mann heritage sites. For a chance to win, fill in an entry form and hand it in at any Story of Mann heritage site.

NCR - Mike Hailwood TT Replica Unveiled

Pauline & Dave Hailwood and NCR are extremely pleased to announce the new NCR Mike Hailwood TT replica motorcycle.

Pauline and Dave were the proud guests of Michele Poggipolini CEO of the Bologna based NCR factory at the unveiling of the new machine at the EICMA motorcycle exhibition in Milan, Italy on Tuesday 4th November.

They had been given a preview by Mr Poggipolini, his family and team, in Bologna prior to the exhibition and were overwhelmed at the design, and extremely high quality of this fabulous new bike. The sight of it brought tears to Pauline’s eyes and she and Dave agreed that this beautiful machine was the most perfect tribute to Mike that they could have hoped for.

Whilst retaining reminders of the original Isle of Man TT winning 1978 NCR/Ducati, this new machine has the very latest technology including the suspension that will be used in next years Moto GP bikes. As NCR are specialists in high quality metals, manufacturing parts for Ferrari F1 and Aerospace, much of the bike is made from Titanium making it extremely light but extremely strong.

This new masterpiece doesn’t come cheap, but what do you expect for such perfection? For more information and photos please visit: www.ncrfactory.com

Pauline and Dave would like to send our sincere thanks to Michele Poggipolini,
Joe Ippoliti and the rest of the NCR family and team our sincerest thanks and best wishes.


John Maris

Last Saturday (11th October), on his way back from a Mike Hailwood Lodge meeting at which he was elected to serve as Worshipful Master next year, John was in a collision with another motorcyclist, and sadly he was killed outright.

John had been approaching a right hand bend with a van coming from the opposite direction, as it got close to John, two motorcyclists overtook it on the wrong side of the road and one of them hit John. It's thought that John saw it coming and tried to stop, but he was unable to avoid the oncoming bike.

It had been John's idea to form a motorcyclist Lodge, and he was to have taken part in a 100 mile ride on a moped on Sunday along with another brother, Bob Pearce, who completed the run and raised about two hundred pounds for the TT Riders Association. Sponsorship money that John had previously collected will be added to that raised by Bob, and forwarded by the Lodge.

John's widow, Joan, has asked for donations at the funeral to go to the TT Riders Association as John would have wished.

The Hailwood family send our sincerest condolences to Joan and their family, and to Michael Adams and the bothers of the Mike Hailwood Lodge.

For more information about the Mike Hailwood Lodge visit www.mikehailwoodlodge9839.co.uk

For more information about Bike Safe, road safety program please www.bikesafe.co.uk

Silverstone celebrates 60th Anniversary in style

Those attending the recent Bennett’s British Superbike Championship round at the popular Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, were treated to a spectacular Parade Lap of some of the most iconic machinery ridden by former champions and legends of motorcycle racing history.

Some of those famous riders were Ron Haslam riding a 350cc 4 cylinder Honda, Stuart Graham on a 1960s Matchless G50, Trevor Nation on a 1980s KR 500 Kawasaki, Steve Plater on a 1978 650cc Suzuki RG500, Tony Rutter on a 1983 Ducati 750 F1, Niall MacKenzie on a 1991 Yamaha YZR 500 GP, and John Chapman rode a 500cc 4 cylinder Honda, to name but a few.

Our own Dave Hailwood, representing his father Mike, rode a 350cc 4cyl Honda, and also assisted the organizers in bringing some of the riders and machinery together for this special event.

Much more historic machinery spanning a variety of categories and championships was
also on public display, and the BSB racing was extremely exciting, with Shane Byrne on his Airwaves Ducati, clinching the 2008 Championship. So there was plenty to please and interest the fans on and off the track and everyone agreed that it was a fantastic day.

We would like to send our own congratulations and thanks to Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Ltd., and all at Silverstone, and look forward to the next exciting 60 years !!

Photo by Carole McLatchie Photography – and Silverstone Circuits Limited.

Dave Hailwood at WSB Brands Hatch

Dave Hailwood can be seen a lot more around the UK circuits now he has moved back to the UK.

Dave poses behind 500cc Honda-4 Replica.

Dave and Mike Jnr.


Thanks to Hayden Williams for taking the above photos and Mike Williams for sending them.
 

Dave with the 500cc Honda-4 Replica owned by Ron Mullin. Photo by Clive Challinor.

Dave Hailwood Initiated as a Mason

Dave Hailwood was initiated into the “Mike Hailwood Masonic Lodge” No 9839
on Saturday 6th September 2008 by Michael Adams who is the Founding Secretary and Worshipful Master.

The ceremony was held in Rugby, Warwickshire at the premises of the newly consecrated Lodge and attended by more than 80 other members who came from all over the country, the Isle of Man and one who gave greetings from Japan.

Dave found it hard to remain composed when he saw how many people had arrived and couldn't believe how far people had come for the event. He said, “I came to realise that a great honour such as this only comes once in a life time and I am proud to be a part of it. I had to breathe very deeply on a number of occasions and was truly touched by the sincerity of everybody. I would like to thank you all for your devotion to my father and his memory, surely he would have been humbled by your kindness and generosity.”

Dave had been rather nervous as to what the ceremony might involve, but all went well and although it was a very emotional experience for him it was also a very enjoyable day and one that he will never forget.

Michael Adams said “ It was especially nice for me, having known Mike and ridden at the same time, to be able to initiate his son into the Lodge named after his father.”

Dave and I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Michael Adams and the other Masons for your kindness to Dave and also your continued loyalty to Mike's memory.

Pauline Hailwood


TT 2008

Pauline and David Hailwood will be visiting the TT.

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NEW Ducati T-Shirt

The Ducati owner's club have just launched a new official Mike Hailwood T-Shirt commemorating the achievements throughout his racing career.

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David initiated into Hailwood Lodge

We are proud to announce that the Mike Hailwood Masonic Lodge No. 9839 is now official.

Over 150 Masons attended the Consecration at Birmingham on Friday to see a superb ceremony performed by the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Michael J. Price C.B.E.

David Hailwood, Mike’s son has been invited to join the new Lodge, and said, “I feel very shocked and humbled but I’m extremely proud to accept this honour.” He will be the first Initiate to the Lodge in September.

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Mike Hailwood™ Kiddimoto launched

Pauline and David Hailwood launch the new Mike Hailwood™ Kiddimoto children's wooden motorcycle at the Centenary TT 2007.

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Rain Stops TT 2007 ride

The bad weather on the first day’s racing of this years Isle of Man TT Centenary meeting, meant that the Lap of Honour had to be postphoned until Tuesday afternoon.

Pauline Hailwood had been invited to start the Lap, and representing his father, Dave Hailwood was to have ridden Mike’s 1978 TT winning Ducati, prepared by Steve Wynne.

Unfortunately, the new schedule coincided with Pauline and Dave’s flights leaving the Island. The organisers tried to change the flights, but were unable to get them off the Island as everything was fully booked. There was a suggestion of finding a private plane to take them back to the mainland, and re-scheduling their flights back to Spain, but it all sounded rather expensive and a lot of trouble for everyone.

So very reluctantly, Pauline and Dave decided that they would have to keep to their original flights and miss the Lap of Honour.

Both were very disappointed, but would like to congratulate and thank the organisers, Paul Phillips and his team, who had an enormous task in trying to keep everything going as smoothly as possible, and also keeping everyone happy. They were very helpful, did an excellent job, and must surely be pleased that the event went as well as it did.

Next year is the 30th anniversary of Mike´s fairytale win in the 1978 TT, so hopefully Pauline and Dave will be back on the Island again, and Dave will get his ride.

TT 2007 Centenary Collection released

The Isle of Man Post Office have just released details of their 2007 TT Centenary Collection which included Stamps and Coins featuring Mike Hailwood.

Pauline Hailwood says "I am delighted to endorse the TT 2007 Centenary Collection, partly because my husband Mike Hailwood has been honoured with inclusion, and also because this is such an interesting and beautifully compiled collection.

I am proud to feature the collection on www.mikethebike.com and have already placed my order for these unique collectors items, as they are without doubt the most comprehensive commemoration of a century of Isle of Man TT racing".

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Hailwood goes Hollywood

Hollywood is to turn Mike Hailwood’s life story into a movie.

The producer of the Oscar winning film Capote – Michael Ohoven - is bringing the story to the big screen. Written by Paul Pender it chronicles the heroic life of the 9 times world champion and features what is being promoted as one of the “most emotional moments of 20th century sport” – Hailwood’s victorious Isle of Man TT comeback. Paul Pender's credits include the Pierce Brosnan movie EVELYN, BROTHER CADFAEL with Sir Derek Jacobi, and the first draft of NACHO LIBRE, the current Jack Black movie.

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The New Mike Hailwood

Mike and Pauline Hailwood’s grandson, Michael David Hailwood Beltran was born in Malaga Spain on the 27th January 2005 to Gloria Beltran and Dave Hailwood.

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