The glorious return of one of motorcycle racing’s biggest
names to the Isle of Man TT is the stuff of legend, still one of the most
talked about events at the fabled road race more than three decades on.
In 1978, multiple World Champion Mike Hailwood returned to
the iconic 37.73-mile TT course, after a self-imposed 11 year absence from the
world famous circuit. Few doubted Hailwood still possessed the legendary skill
which had brought him 12 TT wins, but a comeback at 38, after more than a
decade away, was still a daunting prospect.
With a fine handling, but under-powered Ducati V-Twin at his
disposal, Mike the Bike went head-to-head with fellow great Phil Read, riding
the much faster 4 cylinder Honda in the opening race of the TT festival. Amazingly,
Hailwood roared to victory in the Formula One race.
Fortunately a crew from Outrider Films was on hand to
capture this historic moment, and interviews with Hailwood himself as he
explains how boredom with his ‘9-5 lifestyle’ had brought him back to racing. One Day in June is a unique opportunity to see one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all
time in action in one of his most important races.
This classic film also includes footage from the Senior TT,
where Hailwood raced a Yamaha against legends like Pat Hennen and Tom Herron.
Plus, this DVD includes a bonus audio feature offering you the chance to hear Mike the Bike
discuss a decade of racing at the TT in the extraordinary Mike Hailwood: My
First 10 TT Years.
Recorded at Hailwood’s London
flat in 1968, this chat with Peter Arnold chronicles the highs and lows of ten
years racing in the Isle of Man, from
fresh-faced teenager to his apparent retirement in 1967. Digitally remastered
from the original Stanley Schofield archive recording, Mike Hailwood: My First
10 TT Years recalls the exhilarating battles, frustrations and tremendous
It is a thrilling opportunity to discover how Hailwood managed to
stamp his authority on the event, and offers revealing insight and first-hand
accounts of some of the most memorable races ever. The soundtrack to the
interview is provided by the Hondas, MV Agustas and other glorious machines
that dominated the TT during Hailwood's heyday, plus race commentary from such
luminaries as Murray Walker.
There's also a chance to hear more classic recordings of TT action from the 1950s and 1960s in clips from Duke's audio TT collection.