Mike Hailwood Video
Hailwood, Profile of a Legend
by Duke Video
VHS - $19.95
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I'm of a mixed opinion about this video. It's
part of the "Profile of a Legend" series, which includes
biographies of Giacomo Agostini, Geoff Duke, Mick Doohan, Joey
Dunlop, Kenny Roberts, Phil Read and more.
It's a good historical look at the great Mike Hailwood's
career, whch included 9 World Championships between 1961 and
1967. But to be honest, the production just isn't very
thrilling when compared to the action-packed, high-tech camera
angle footage that is commonplace in the 21st Century.
Hailwood fans will probably like it as a memento of his
incredible career, and there is some good racing footage.
It covers Hailwood's outstanding 3 TT wins in 1961, up to his
unbelieavable return to racing in 1978 to win the TT once again.
The footage and narration of that race is very interesting and
is surely the highlight of the video. It also covers his
brief Formula 1 career.
Hailwood will always be remembered as the ultimate gentleman
and all-around nice guy in addition to his great talent.
Mike was awarded the George Medal, Britain's highest civilian
honor for bravery, for one of the most heroic acts ever
undertaken in any sport.
When Clay Regazzoni crashed in
the 1973 South African Formula 1 Grand Prix race, he became
trapped and unconscious in his burning car. Hailwood
jumped into the fire and tried to pull him free. Mike
caught fire, extinguished the flames that were burning him up,
then went back into the fire for Clay. It's hard to
believe that anyone in today's selfish world would or could be
This video has interviews with his wife, with Agostini and
others that helps the viewer to develop an in-depth
understanding of "Mike the Bike". There are also several
interviews with Hailwood at different times during his career.
Mike Hailwood will never be forgotten. For those who
don't know, he's considered to be probably the all-time greatest
motorcycle legend, not only because of his racing skills, but
also because he was an outstanding human being. If you're
interested in learning about what real heros are like, check out
The wBW "Flaming Helmet"
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