This book an inside look behind the scenes at the top-secret planning,
build-up, and spectacular success of Mike Hailwood's amazing comeback in
1978, 20 years after his debut at the age of 18. Written by his manager
and friend, Ted Macauley, it is also a tribute to a remarkable man.
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
Mike Hailwood, the world's greatest motorbike racer, home
and abroad,was restless to get back into TT action despite an
eleven-year absence. Injuries sustained in a severe F1 crash at the
Nurburgring, Germany, when he had switched from two wheels to four, left
him limping - but with an undiminished desire to compete at the highest
and most demanding level.