May 2018

Mike Hailwood’s TT comeback was, and is, remarkable. Returning to the Island after an 11-year absence was unprecedented, but storming to victory in 1978’s TT F1 race was staggering. To mark 40 years since this momentous occasion, we relive the event word-for-word with the original race report, then go behind the scenes with team boss Steve Wynne and life-long pal Ron Winder. We also ride Mike’s actual bike, thud down sunny lanes on Ducati’s Replica, and tell the little known story of the Aussie races that lead to his sensational TT display.

Many of us dream about bikes to add to our sheds, despite having more than we need (nowt wrong with that). However, for Rick Hamblin the collecting bug hit so hard he’s accidentally opened a museum. We meet other inspirational folk too, including the genius behind Honda’s sensational 1960s GP bikes and Katharine Hook, who entices us into her world of desirable British twins and, er... chocolates.

Plenty of workshop shenanigans too, including part two of our wiring guide and a moped resurrection.

Enjoy the issue.

 

Inside this month's issue....


Re-living the dream

 

Forty years ago, Mike Hailwood made grown men weep with joy when he returned to the Isle of Man after an 11-year break to win the Formula 1 TT – one of the greatest comebacks of all time

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A matter of taste

 

Katharine Hook relishes riding and fettling her brace of British twins until the weather turns – then turns her hand to something even tastier...

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Just like Mike’s

 

Ducati’s Hailwood replica has the air of being more than just a dressed-up SS. The image is impeccable, but will it fulfil your Hailwood fantasies on the road?

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