We continue to receive stories about people
and properties named after Mike, so we have decided to publish
them to share with others.
Please send your stories and photographs to
We are proud
to announce that the Mike Hailwood Masonic Lodge No. 9839
is now official.
Over 150 Masons attended the Consecration
at Birmingham on Friday to see a superb ceremony performed
by the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother
Michael J. Price C.B.E
David Hailwood, Mike’s son has been
invited to join the new Lodge, and said, “I feel very
shocked and humbled but I’m extremely proud to accept
this honour.” He will be the first Initiate to the
Lodge in September.
Mr Michael Adams who is the Founding Secretary
and Worshipful Master Designate wrote to Pauline Hailwood
with the good news and said:
“I have been overwhelmed by the
number of Masons who remember Mike and it is difficult for
me to put into words the respect and admiration they still
have for him. We have arranged that a short history of Mike's
life and achievements will be put on the summons for every
meeting of the lodge to ensure his name will never be forgotten
Mike made history by his achievements
and so will David for, as far as we can recall, there is
no lodge which has been set up in honour of a man where
his son has been the first Initiate.
I shall have the honour of initiating him in September.
Mrs Hailwood, I thank you most sincerely
for the support you have given us in setting up the Mike
Hailwood Lodge, I can assure you that it meant so much to
me having known Mike in his racing days.”
Pauline and David will continue to support the new Lodge,
and wish the members every success in their endeavours.
Ian David Hailwood
"When I read about this feature on the
website if felt I had to email as I’ve lived with
the name Hailwood all my life and my friends have never
I was born in November 1979, a few months
after the ’79 TT. My dad, David, was a huge Hailwood
fan and still is. He always was but when Mike returned to
the TT in 1978 I think it was like a dream come true for
him. When, in 1979 Mike won the Senior TT two things happened.
Mike Hailwood showed the world why he was the greatest motorcycle
racer ever to live, the only person who has been able to
come close since is Valentino Rossi, and my dad became convinced
he had to name his newly born son after what he refers to
as ‘the great man’.
So I was born and christened Ian David Hailwood
Kendall. The memory lives on…....."
My name is Aad Flaton. In "my time"
I used to ride (not race) Nortons and I was a great fan
of Mike The Bike. I was lucky enough to see him race during
several GP's on the continent a.o. during the Dutch T.T.
and at Francorchamps. For me an era ended when he passed
In 1967 our first child was about to be born
and my wife and I had decided that if it was to be a boy
he would be named after the winner of the World Championship
500cc of that year; we were certain that Mike Hailwood would
win the championship. However, when the day came the championship
still was not decided and Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini
were very close on championship points. Our son was born
on the 17th of september that year and we had to come to
an early decision. We choose Mike as THE Mike was simply
our favorite. So it was Michael F.J. Flaton from that day
"Our" Mike rode Honda's for several
years. My motorcycle days lay in the past. However, the
"itching" came back some time ago and I am looking
around now for an old Dominator to restore. If I ever find
one I will certainly ride it again.
I wish you all the best for many years to
Aad Flaton - The Netherlands.
My name is Michael Hailwood Bage. My dad was
a massive Mike Hailwood fan in the sixties and that's obviously
who I was named after. We went to the 1978 IOM TT and my
dad got my birth certificate signed by Mike, which is enclosed
along with a photo of Mike signing the certificate with
me stood alongside looking a bit sheepish. I'm 38 now and
have only just prized my birth certificate from my Dad so
I could scan it and send it to you. It would be great if
I could show my dad the reason I have badgered him for it
recently. Thanks and keep up the good website.
"What a great
"We, the Family Westra are sending you
the latest picture of our little boy (9 months old). He
is named after your late husband Mike."
"Hailwood Mike Westra was born last 01
of November 2005 in Maitland Hospital NSW Australia (3350
gms). The father is originally born in Holland, named Kees,
the mother is originally born in the Phillipines named Marichu.
We are currently living her in Australia. Kees has seen
Mike Hailwood racing all over Europe in the 60's & 70's
and he was always the best...."
From the Westra Family
with lots of love.... Kees, Marichu & HAILWOOD
I’m very pleased that there are soo
many people are responding on the Mike Hailwood site and
too see a lot of great stories.
Myself was as a young biker already a great fan of Mike
Hailwood and I was in that time going to almost every bookshop
in Holland to get Motorcycle mags too see if there was any
pictures of my hero and often I bought MCN mags in England
and get them send over.
My reaction to you is because I’ve sending you a picture
of a T-shirt that I’ve bought in 1978 with a replica
of Mike leathers and after all these years it still hanging
in my office.
And when my son was born in 1986 we named him Mike just
as my hero, so now I see every day a great son and remember
in the same time a great man.
Thanks for doing the Job,
Joop van Anrooy
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