Isle of Man TT History: Hailwood vs Phil Read

February 10, 2021

From the Duke Video YouTube channel:

The World’s longest running road race, the Isle of Man TT, deserves a great history and TT commentator and historian Dave Moore has retold the story of the Isle of Man TT Races from inception to Peter Hickman’s stunning 135mph lap record.

In this clip we head back to 1978, when 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!