Hailwood To Ride At Silverstone Historic Festival
Dave Hailwood, son of the late, 10-times World Motorcycle Champion, Le Mans racer and Formula One driver, Mike Hailwood, is to ride his father's Daytona 500-winning 750cc BSA Rocket 3 at this year's Silverstone Historic Festival (August 25/26/27).
The 27 year-old will ride a lap of honour on the legendary machine before the final of the Mike Hailwood Memorial Trophy classic motorcycle race on Monday, August 27. This is the first time that classic motorcycles have competed in the Silverstone Historic Festival, the world's largest historic motor racing event, and riders and machines from around the world are converging on Silverstone to take part.
Dave, who competed on a motorcycle for the first time earlier this year - riding a Ducati `Hailwood' replica to 11th place at Estoril (the same result as his father's first race) - said, "I love classic bikes even more than modern ones, so am really looking forward to the Festival."
His mother, Mike's widow Pauline, will make the event a Hailwood family affair by presenting one of her husband's trophies to the winner of the final.
Roger Etcell, Festival organiser, said, "Mike Hailwood is the greatest motorcycle racing hero of all time, and it is only fitting that the first-ever races for classic motorbikes at the Silverstone Historic Festival should pay tribute to him. We are thrilled that Dave and Pauline will be here, and believe that many motorsport fans will be truly moved to see Dave riding his father's famous bike and hear the Hailwood name announced at Silverstone once more."
The BSA Rocket 3 is owned by the Mike Braid Collection, and has been totally restored for the Silverstone Historic Festival.
MIKE HAILWOOD - A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
Mike Hailwood won his first World Championship at the age of 21. He won 10 World Championships, 76 Grands Prix and 14 T.T. Races on the notoriously dangerous Isle of Man course. In 1968 he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to the sport.
When there was nothing left to prove on two wheels, he turned to racing cars. In his first full year on four wheels he finished third in the Formula 5000 Championship and third in the famous 24 hour race at Le Mans. He went on to win the Formula Two European Championship for the Surtees team, then moved into Formula One. He was awarded The George Medal for his heroic rescue of Clay Regazzoni from his burning car in the 1973 South African Grand Prix.
In 1978, after an 11 year retirement from bikes, he made a fairytale 'comeback' to win another Isle of Man T.T. and with it, his 10th World Championship. Mike died tragically with his nine year old daughter Michelle in a car accident near Birmingham, England on March 23rd 1981.
Mike Hailwood is a trademark of the Estate of Mike Hailwood.