Hailwood Died 20 Years Ago This Month
by dean adams (2001)
Something has been bothering me
lately, something I couldn't put a finger on exactly. Not pit stops
and red flags and eviscerated left legs of riders I know, but something
that left me with a feeling that I'd gone to the market and forgotten something
on a list. Isn't it the most annoying thing when you know there's something
imporatnt you have forgotten, but you haven't the foggiest idea what it
Driving down to the office this morning
and putting a to-do list in my head, running today's date against the date
a year ago, somehow my coffee addled brain came up with the mystery item
I'd left out of the sack.
It was twenty years ago this month
that Mike Hailwood died.
time world champion Hailwood was 41 and was officially retired when he
and his daughter were killed in a car accident in England on March 23,
1981. (Michele was killed instantly, while Mike the Bike hung on for two
By then he'd won literally hundreds
of motorcycle races in his career and was regarded as the best motorcycle
roadracer of all time.
When the year 2000 rolled around,
and some were asked to name the best riders of the 20th century, Hailwood
topped many of the lists I noticed, even some put together by non-Brits.
Knowing that the twentieth anniversary
of Hailwood's death was approaching, over the past year or so I asked some
of the people who knew him to share their thoughts on SMB Hailwood.
Don Emde was teamed with Mike Hailwood
Kel Carruthers remembers Mike Hailwood
NCR's Rino Carrachi remembers Mike Hailwood
Spencer remembers Mike Hailwood
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