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A touch of “Mike the Bike” in Carlton

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 Mike Hailwood

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A touch of the legendary Mike Hailwood, in the form of a signature replica of a Ducati ridden by the great British GP rider, was a feature of the recent Festival of Italian Motorcycles at Carlton.

Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood, the British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, is still regarded by many as one of the greatest racers of all time.

Hailwood was known as “Mike The Bike” because of his natural riding ability on bikes with a range of engine capacities. He rode for Honda and MV Agusta.

Later in his career he went on to compete in Formula One and other classes of car racing, becoming one of the few men to compete at Grand Prix level in both motorcycle and car racing.

Fellow Brit, John Surtees, was another to compete at Grand Prix level in both.

In 2013 Surtees was awarded the Segrave Trophy in recognition of multiple world championships, and being the only person to win world titles on two and four wheels.

As of May 2014, following the death of Australian Sir Jack Brabham at the age of 88, Surtees, 82, is the oldest surviving Formula One World Champion. He is also the oldest surviving 500cc/MotoGP World Champion, following the death of his friend and rival, Geoff Duke, who died at the age of 92 in 2015.

Hailwood died following a road traffic accident in Warwickshire, England.

 

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