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    Visnews interviewed World Champion Racing Driver Mike Hawthorn at the National Sporting Club - where he was a guest of honour - 3 days before his ironical and tragic death on Jan. 22, in his dark green 3.4 litre Jaguar.

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    Visnews interviewed World Champion Racing Driver Mike Hawthorn at the National Sporting Club - where he was a guest of honour - 3 days before his ironical and tragic death on Jan. 22, in his dark green 3.4 litre Jaguar.

    Hawthorn was presented an antique cocktail cabinet in recognition of his winning the world title. Leading British sportsmen were at the Club Dinner to honour Mike Hawthorn, first British racing driver to win the World Championship. These dinners to men of strength and courage are sparingly given.

    In his speech Mike detailed his reasons for retiring....
    Hawthorn's first major race put him straight into the headlines. Driving a Cooper-Bristol at the Goodwood Easter Monday meeting, 1952, he beat the great Argentinean ace Juan Fangio, World Champion.

    During that first year of international racing Hawthorn made his mark - in the Grand Prix d'Europe at Spa-Francorchamps, where he finished fourth; at Boreham, where on a soaking wet track he led Villoresi's Ferrari until the rain stopped and eventually he was forced out of the race with engine trouble; next at Zandvoort, Rheims, and in the French Grand Prix at Rouen. He drove for Norman Garrad in the Alpine Rally and gained the coveted 'Coupe des Alpes', a remarkable feat for one who had never previously driven in any sort of competitive rally.

    Next Silverstone and the British Grand Prix in which he was third, behind the Ferraris of Ascari and Farina. After this event, at the Monza circuit, he started his association with Scuderia Ferrari. Mike was entered with the Cooper-Bristol but crashed during a practice run and ended up in hospital. Ferrari meanwhile invited him to drive for him at Modena. By the end of the year he had [QUERY]

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    Film ID:
    VLVADL4CQLNXNXD5C3AM4XHL6DZB7
    Media URN:
    VLVADL4CQLNXNXD5C3AM4XHL6DZB7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/01/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:44:00
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