Mike Hailwood Biography: Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwoo was a professional motorcycle racer and racing driver from England. Many consider him to be one of the best racers of all time.
Mike Hailwood Biography
Mike Hailwood Biography: Hailwood was born in Langsmeade House, Great Milton, Oxfordshire, as the only son and eldest child of Stanley William Bailey Hailwood, a millionaire businessman and managing director of a motorcar sales company and successful motorcycle dealer. He had also competed in races before World War II. Hailwood had a fortunate upbringing; he learned to ride a minibike in a nearby field as a child. He attended Purton Stoke Preparatory School, Kintbury, and Pangbourne Nautical College, where he wore an RN cadet uniform. Still, he departed early to work in the family business before his father sent him to Triumph Motorcycles.
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|Date Of Birth||2 April 1940|
|Birth Place||Great Milton, Oxfordshire, England|
|Died||23 March 1981|
Mike Hailwood Career
Hailwood competed in Formula One and World Sports Cars during his car racing career but achieved a different level of success than he had on motorcycles. Between 1963 and 1965, he participated in 50 Formula One Grands Prix, beginning with his debut in the British Grand Prix on 20 July 1963, achieving two podium finishes and 29 championship points. At the 1971 Italian Grand Prix, his first Formula One race in six years, he was in contention for victory. The gap between the first five competitors was only 0.61 seconds, and Hailwood placed fourth, 0.18s behind winner Peter Gethin.
He won the Formula Two European championship in 1972 and finished on the podium at the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans. Hailwood competed in the European Shellsport F5000 series from 1969 to 1971 and finished second in the 1972 Tasman F5000 series driving a 5000-engined TS8 F1 chassis.
In the 1973 South African Grand Prix, after colliding with Clay Regazzoni on the third lap, Hailwood was commended for his bravery when he attempted to pull Regazzoni from his burning car. Hailwood’s driving suit caught fire, but after the fire marshal extinguished it, he returned to assist in the rescue of Regazzoni, for which he was awarded the George Medal, the second-highest honor for valor that a British civilian can receive.
In 1974, while driving a McLaren M23 sponsored by Yardley, he occasionally outpaced team commander Emerson Fittipaldi. After suffering a severe injury at the 1974 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, he retired to New Zealand, where he and former McLaren manager Phil Kerr were engaged in a marine engineering business.