Mike HAILWOOD MBE, GM (1940-1981)

Mike Hailwood
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Mike Hailwood, Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the McLaren racing team's workshop in London.

Mike’s father was a successful motorcycle dealer who spurred on his son’s early interest in motor racing and took him to see his first races at the Isle of Man TT races, where Mike himself would later race.

Within just a few short years Mike won his first of nine motorcycle World Championships, before he turned to motor racing, following the success of John Surtees, with whose cars he became European Formula 2 Champion and began his Formula 1 career.

His motor racing career ended abruptly in 1974 when he crashed his McLaren on Germany's daunting Nurburgring. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest racers of all time, and is one of the few men to compete at Grand Prix level in both motorcycle and car racing.

“Jesus Christ! How embarrassing!”

Mike Hailwood's wife, Pauline, recalls her experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in March 2017

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 417
  • Subject No: 414
  • Broadcast: Wed 26 Nov 1975
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 22 Oct 1975
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 16
  • Edition: 3
  • Code name: Wheels

on the guest list...

  • Phil Kerr
  • Denny Hulme
  • Pauline - wife
  • Chris - sister
  • Lt Robert ‘Tiger’ Knights
  • John Ridgway
  • Chris Barber
  • Pam Ozwell
  • Bill Clegg
  • Jean Clegg
  • Geoff Duke
  • Luigi Taveri
  • Bill Lacey
  • Giacomo Agostini
  • John Surtees
  • Graham Hill
  • Michelle - daughter
  • David - son
  • Clay Regazzoni
  • Chris Barber Band
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Stan - father
  • Harry Woolridge
  • Workmates from Triumph Factory, Coventry:
  • Eric Miller
  • Dorothy Jones
  • Jack Greasley
  • Ernie Wilkinson
  • Bert Paddock
  • Jack Bradford
  • Fred Watson

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production team...

  • Researchers: Frank Hayes, Lavinia Warner
  • Writer: John Sandilands
  • Director: Royston Mayoh
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 16: Ronnie Dukes > Ray Milland > Mike Hailwood > Frank Windsor > Magnus Pyke > Bill Tidy > Gladys Mills > Andy Stewart > Windsor Davies > Ray Reardon > Patrick Mower > Alberto Remedios > Susan Masham > Betty Driver > Henry "Shrimp" Davies > Gwen Berryman > Vince Hill > Arnold Ridley > Beryl Reid > Alan Mullery > Percy Thrower > Gareth Edwards > June Whitfield > Terry Fincher > Richard Dunn > Norman Croucher