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An audience with David Hailwood 26 May 2009

Motorbike enthusiasts and racing fans will get the chance to meet and pose questions to the son of TT racing legend Mike Hailwood at “An Audience with David Hailwood” in the Manx Museum Lecture Theatre at 2pm on Saturday 30th May. Admission is free.

David will talk about his father’s racing career and his own life-long interest in motorcycles which has led him to set up his own business – Hailwood Motorcycle Restorations Ltd, restoring vintage racing motorcycles. Members of the audience will be invited to pose questions to David during the one hour session.

Matthew Richardson, Curator: Social History for Manx National Heritage said:

“Mike Hailwood, arguably the greatest ever British motorcycle racer, raced on the Isle of Man between 1958 and 1967 – some of his finest moments were as a factory rider for Honda, including the Honda’s first ever TT win in 1961, and the famous diamond jubilee TT of 1967 when he battled for the Senior TT title with Italian Giacomo Agostini. “In 1978, when Hailwood spectacularly returned to the TT, he reportedly drew an extra 50,000 fans to the Island.”

TT visitors can also see the 1961 TT winning machine, on loan from the National Motor Museum, and other Hailwood memorabilia as part of the exhibition ‘Honda – The Golden Age’ in the Manx Museum temporary exhibition gallery. The exhibition will be open to the public from 30th May to 5th September 2009. Admission to the Manx Museum is free.

To coincide with this spectacular new exhibition, Manx National Heritage and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company are launching a competition for visitors to win a trip to TT 2010 for 2 riders and 2 motorcycles. The competition will run for the duration of the exhibition. Entry forms will be available from the Isle of Man Steam Packet, The Isle of Man Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal in Douglas and all Story of Mann heritage sites. For a chance to win, fill in an entry form and hand it in at any Story of Mann heritage site.

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