Manx National Heritage adds painting of biking legend Mike Hailwood to Museum collection

By Culture24 Staff | 26 March 2010
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A photo of a group of people holding a painting of a motorbike racer in a museum

(Above) Manx National Heritage chiefs receive the painting of biking great Mike Hailford

For biking fans, annual dates on the calendar don't get much more explosive than the annual Isle of Man TT.

It's been 103 years since the first two-wheeled time trial took place on Man shores, although you have to look back to 1967 for arguably the most spectacular race of the 90 which have been held during that time, when legendary leather donner Mike Hailwood set a lap record of almost 109 miles per hour on his invincible Honda 500-4 beast, seeing off fierce Italian rival Giacomo Agostini in the process.

Hailwood scored 14 wins at the TT between in the 1960s and 1970s, including a victorious comeback at the 1978 competition after an 11-year hiatus and an epic last-gasp defeat in his final appearance the following year.

A close-up of an oil painting of a motorbike racer

Paul Parker's painting shows the great man in action

Following his death in a road accident in 1981, the Hailwood Foundation was set up to entice visitors to the TT, and their latest escapade saw the organisation present a painting of the zip-wheeled hero to Manx National Heritage.

Suzuki star Cameron Donald and outright lap record holder John McGuinness were on hand to pick up the action portrait from Foundation officer Adrian Earnshaw, joined by MNH chairman Martin Moore.

Created by local artist Paul Parker, it will join an array of popular memorabilia at the Manx Museum in Douglas, ensuring that Hailwood's memory remains as immortal as his track record.

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