Motor-Cycling -- and 39-year old Mike Hailwood won the senior 500 cc Isle of man TT (Tourist Trophy) race on Monday (4 June).
CU No. 8 Motorcycle PULL BACK TO SHOW rider Mike Hailwood
CU No. 10 motorcycle PULL BACK TO SHOW rider, Mick Grant
MV No. 7, Charles Morgan and No. 8 Hailwood bump start their cycles as race begins
MV No. 9, Alex George and No. 10, Mice Grant start
MV No. 8, Mike Hailwood round bend and past camera
MV No. 3, Tony Rutter past camera and rounds bend
MV No. 10 Mick Grant round bend closely followed by another rider
MV Mike Hailwood (No. 8) through double bend and past church
MV No. 2, Billy Guthrie through double bend and past church followed by No. 3, Tony Rutter (2 shots)
MV No. 8 Mike Hailwood round bend followed by No. 100, Vaughan Coburn, and No. 39 Kwong King Wong (2 shots)
MVs No. 9 Alex George and No. 24 Bernard Murray round bend followed by No. 8 Mike Hailwood (2 shots)
MV No. 15 Dennis Ireland followed by No. 2 Tony Rutter through bend (2 shots)
CU Mike Hailwood takes chequered flag
CU Hailwood surrounded by crowed celebrates with bottle of champagne
CU Photographers with winners
SPORT: MOTOR CYCLING
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Background: Motor-Cycling -- and 39-year old Mike Hailwood won the senior 500 cc Isle of man TT (Tourist Trophy) race on Monday (4 June). It was Hailwood's 14th victory on the infamous course -- internationally recognised as one of the world's most dangerous -- and he hurtled round it at a record average speed of 111.75 miles (179 kilometres) per hour. Britain's Tony Rutter was runner up, with New Zealander Dennis Ireland, third.
SYNOPSIS: Hailwood (number 8), riding a Suzuki, only returned to TT racing last year after an absence of eleven years. This is his last year in competitive racing, and was his final TT appearance. He got off to a good start alongside Britain's Chas Mortimer.
But number 10, Mike Grant, also riding a Suzuki, started better and completed the first lap at 111.59 miles (179 kilometres) per hour.
Hailwood overhauled him on the second lap, and led the race to the end, closely shadowed by number three, Tony Rutter. Mick Grant was riding with a cracked pelvis following a crash last week. He failed to finish because of a broken crank shaft
Hailwood's riding over the 38-mile (61 kilometre) mountainous course was faultless. He peeled off lap after lap with precision, and lapped several of the tailenders.
Rutter and Ireland (number 15) chased hailwood all the way, but hailwood took the flag more than two minutes ahead of them.
Victory gave him another trophy to add to his already impressive collection. It was a fitting last ride for Hailwood, who has often been described as the best of all time.