Mike Hailwood

Mike Hailwood

Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Death 23 Mar 1981 (aged 40)
Warwickshire, England
Burial Tanworth-in-Arden, Stratford-on-Avon District, Warwickshire, England
Memorial ID 12848911 · View Source
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Sportsman. The son of a wealthy Oxford motorcycle dealer, Stan Hailwood, he began racing motorcycles competitively in 1957. By 1961 he was riding for the MV Agusta factory, winning four 500cc World Championships. He then moved to Honda in 1966 and won four more World Championships in the 250 and 350cc classes. Twelve TT wins on the Isle of Man were added to his successes. He left two wheels and moved to F5000, sports cars and Formula 1 but never quite attained the success he'd previously had. During the 1973 South African Grand Prix at Kyalami, he rescued Clay Reggazoni from a burning car and was subsequently award the George Medal, the highest civilian award for bravery. In the 1974 German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, he crashed, breaking his right leg. His car racing days were over but he did return successfully to the 1978 IoM TT races when he won on a Ducati 900SS. He retired at the end of the following season. He was killed in a road traffic crash near his home when a truck driver performed an illegal U-turn.

Bio by: Paul Narramore

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  • Originally Created by: Paul Narramore
  • Added: 2 Jan 2006
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mike Hailwood (2 Apr 1940–23 Mar 1981), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12848911, citing St Mary Magdalene Churchyard, Tanworth-in-Arden, Stratford-on-Avon District, Warwickshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .