mike hailwood

Similar to a certain Valentino Rossi, Mike “The Bike” Hailwood is a nine-time Grand Prix champion – the most decorated British GP racer in the history of the sport. In the span of only six years Hailwood managed to attain three 250cc titles (1961, ’66, ’67), two 350cc titles (1966, ’67), and four consecutive 500cc titles (1962, ’63, ’64, ’65); the sport’s first four-peat. All four 500cc titles were aboard MV Agustas, while the smaller-displacement titles came aboard Hondas. Hailwood also owns 14 IOM TT victories, the most notable in 1978, when after 11 years of retirement from motorcycle road racing, he returned aboard a Ducati 900SS, and won the Senior TT that year. Maybe most tragic of all, Hailwood was killed by an illegal-turning truck while driving with his children getting take out in 1981, age 40. All hail the king.