Mike Hawthorn

Mike Hawthorn

Birth
Mexborough, Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
Death 22 Jan 1959 (aged 29)
Guildford Borough, Surrey, England
Burial Farnham, Waverley Borough, Surrey, England
Memorial ID 12930129 · View Source
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Auto Race Car Driver. Born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, he won the 1958 World Formula One Championship driving a Ferrari. In 1955 he won the Le Mans 24-hour race in spite of controversially being involved in an accident which resulted in the worse loss of life - 80 people - in motor racing history. With only one win that year, he benefited from the gentlemanship of driver Sterling Moss at the Portugese Grand Prix at Porto after being disqualified for pushing his car. Moss spoke up for him which allowed Hawthorn to keep his second place, and that allowed him to win the title by one point from Moss. After winning the title, he immediately retired from the sport. Months later, he lost control of a Jaguar on the A3 Guildford-Bypass.

Bio by: Paul Narramore


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Paul Narramore
  • Added: 7 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12930129
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mike Hawthorn (10 Apr 1929–22 Jan 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12930129, citing West Street Cemetery, Farnham, Waverley Borough, Surrey, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .