Bike widow marks husband’s death

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    The widow of world motorbike and racing car champion Mike Hailwood is launching a scheme to keep bikers safe.
    A commemorative motorbike run and service took place in Warwickshire on Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of Mr Hailwood’s death.

    He died in a road accident along with daughter Michelle, nine.

    Pauline Hailwood and Warwickshire Police launched the Bikesafe scheme at the end of the service in Tanworth-in-Arden.

    Road safety

    She said she never imagined she would lose her husband and daughter in a road accident.

    “Mike was actively involved in promoting road safety to motorcyclists when we lived in New Zealand, even producing a guide for new riders, so I am glad to be supporting Warwickshire Police in this launch.

    “It’s a perfect opportunity to say something which might save a life.”

    Mr Hailwood died in an accident on the A435 Alcester Road, at Portway, on 21 March, 1981.

    A cavalcade of motorbikes marked the event by travelling from the former Norton factor in Aston, Birmingham via the Alcester Road to the village church in Tanworth where he and Michelle are buried.

    The National Motorcycle Museum lent the police one of his former race bikes for the event – a BSA Rocket 3.

    He was world motorbike champion from 1962 to 1965.

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