Mike Hailwood: The Fan's Favourite Paperback – 29 Nov 2012
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About the Author
MICK WALKER is a leading authority on all forms of motorcycle sport, he has been a successful racer, tuner and team manager, and still rides regularly. He was a former editor of Motorcycle Enthusiast, and has published over 100 books including in this series, Derek Minter: The King of Brands, Geoff Duke: The Stylish Champion, Bob McIntyre: The Flying Scot and Giacomo Agostini. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In both versions, the now departed Mick Walker examines Hailwood's long career, from his first race, aged 17, at Oulton Park in April 1957, to his final race at Mallory Park in June 1979. In the course of his competitive career Mike rode in more races than any other rider, and rode almost any kind of bike to the chequered flag. He straddled everything from a 49cc Itom single-cylinder two-stroke to a 1000cc Dunstall-Suzuki GS1000 four-cylinder superbike. He could switch capacity sizes and makes at the same meeting on the same day and give breathtaking winning performances regardless. Among his many achievements he could count 12 TT victories, 10 world titles and 76 Grand Prix victories.
As ever, you'd be hard pressed to criticise Mick Walker's writing for being superficial or poorly researched. It's extremely detailed - if not quite lap-by-lap then certainly race-by-race - and Mick is really at home when talking about Hailwood's years with Ducati and MV. Mick must now be the greatest authority on racing motorcycles of this period, and I was pleased to find plenty of details about the bikes alongside the anecdotes and lap times. There's an explanation of desmodromics; a profile of Taglioni; the history of the EMC racers; even the background to Walter Kaaden's MZ 250 twin!
Much of this material will be familiar to those who have an extensive library of Mick's other books.Read more ›