Mike the bike - again
New Edition

13th July 2018
MIKE THE BIKE – AGAIN – New Edition, by Ted Macauley
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Mike the bike – again

New Edition

2018 CLASSIC TT (August 24th - 27th)
This year’s classic celebrates Mike Hawthorn’s incredible 1978 Formula One race victory mounted on a Ducati -
’78 Comeback Special: Mike Hailwood 40 Year Anniversary Celebration.

Arguably the most memorable and emotional moment in the 110-year history of the Isle of Man TT Races will be central to the celebrations at this year’s Classic TT.
Three time TT champion John McGuinness will ride a parade lap on Saturday 25th August on the original Sports Motorcycles Ducati that Mike Hailwood raced in his glorious 1978 comeback. The lap will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of ‘Mike the Bike’s’ Formula 1 TT Race win after an eleven-year absence.

Mike Hailwood’s family, wife Pauline and son David, will attend the Classic TT to witness the Parade Lap, with the original machine, one of the most iconic in motorcycle racing history, being kindly supplied for the event by New York based collector Larry Auriana. The bike will be on display in the Classic TT Paddock throughout the event.

In June 1978, 11 years after he quit Grand Prix motorcycle racing, Mike Hailwood returned to the Isle of Man TT races, probably the most prestigious, and certainly the most demanding, road race in the world. On a privately entered V-twin Ducati he won the Formula One race, beating the works Hondas of Phil Read and the late John Williams, and breaking the lap and race records.

It may have seemed a fluke; it was certainly a fairy tale that continued into 1979, when he was fifth in the Formula One race, despite losing top gear and his battery, first in the Senior, and second by only 3.4 seconds in the Classic – probably the finest and closest-fought race the Island has ever seen, Hailwood proved, if anyone doubted, that he was still the greatest motorcycle racer of all time.

This book, written by his manager and friend, Ted Macauley, is the account of his dramatic comeback, from the original wild idea to his final race. More than this, though, it is a study of a remarkable man in a remarkable world, and of the races, the machines, and the men
who ride them.

This edition contains new images and an interview with Pauline Hawthorne.

MIKE THE BIKE – AGAIN by Ted Macauley

ISBN: 9781787113138
UPC: 6-36847-01313-4


£14.99(UK), $25.00(US), 32.99(CAN)

Ted Macauley is currently the Formula One reporter for the Daily Star Sunday, London, and weekly F1 columnist for Gulf News, in Dubai, UAE. He is also a regular car reviewer for five monthly magazines for Surrey Hills Publishing, and the Lifestyle Editor. He was the Daily Mirror's Chief Sports Feature writer, F1 and MotoGP reporter, until his retirement from the paper in 1997.

Ted met Mike Hailwood at the Isle of Man TT in 1961 when Mike rode all four solo classes and became the first rider to win three races in a week. He was just 21. Their friendship flourished from then until Mike Hailwood’s tragic death in 1981.

Ted has written three books about Mike Hailwood’s life and career.

Ted was educated at Houldsworth School, Reddish, Cheshire, read English language and literature at Stockport College, and then studied Economics and Economic history at the College of Commerce in Manchester.

Place of birth: Manchester • Hometown: Cobham • Nearest city: London

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