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Old 22 Aug 2017, 08:01 (Ref:3760881)   #1
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Mike Hawthorn on TV

A bit off topic to mention motor racing here I know but the Nostalgia Forum has plenty of comments on the TV documentary on Mike Hawthorn that was shown on Sunday night. Made me wonder if anyone else on this Forum is old enough or interested enough to remember him?.
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Old 22 Aug 2017, 11:38 (Ref:3760934)   #2
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I mentioned on the tea break thread that the prog was scheduled, but from the lack of replies guess no one watched it. Unfortunately I was travelling at the broadcast time, but as it is a recently produced documentary hopefully it will be shown again!

I wasn't very old during Mike Hawthorn's successful years, so don't remember much about his racing. I do remember the newspaper coverage of his death, though, and the subsequent debate regarding the cause of the accident.

OT, but I also remember the media coverage when Jim Clark died, and Mike Hailwood. All tragic losses.
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Old 22 Aug 2017, 13:14 (Ref:3760947)   #3
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It's to be repeated on September 23rd at 9:00am on 'Yesterday'; 'On The Limit' is the name of the programme. I was only 10 when Mike Hawthorn died but I remember hearing about his death on the radio and on TV even though I had only vaguely heard of him. For some reason it stuck in my mind, perhaps because it wasn't too far from where we lived at the time. 'Golden Boy' is well worth reading.
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As Eric D knows Mike was my 'hero', his was Stirling, but we admired both of them. I still use memories of Mike as security on the computer, so I am pretty safe it seems.

The programme was not very interesting to those of us who lived through his era, but for tyros would shed some light on our first World Champion, and on the times he raced in, so different from todays Nancy Boys.

We spoke to Mike at Goodwood in 1955 after the Nine Hour Race, even at 1.0pm in the morning he was happy to chat to a couple of lads.

I was off work for three days after Mike died just too upset to get out of bed, we lost a lot of 'friends' in the fifties, and mourn them still, but it was Mike that hit the hardest.

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Old 23 Aug 2017, 16:38 (Ref:3761222)   #5
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Sadly missed this programme as I was watching NASCAR live-anyone know when it will be repeated? Yesterday channel usually old stuff-I remember Mikes last season-was before live TV from Europe-had to wait a few days for BBC 30min film of each round.
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Old 23 Aug 2017, 16:42 (Ref:3761223)   #6
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Sadly missed this programme as I was watching NASCAR live-anyone know when it will be repeated? Yesterday channel usually old stuff-I remember Mikes last season-was before live TV from Europe-had to wait a few days for BBC 30min film of each round.
See post #3 above. I've put it in my diary and hope am around! 0900hrs seems odd time....

Edit- definitely 9 AM sept 23rd for repeat according to the schedule, but if you're prepared to download the 'UKTV Play' app onto a suitable device, you can watch it on catch up whenever it suits!

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Just watched the prog as above. Enjoyed the archive footage, and as baub says, a very different era.....
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What I thought was unique to Mike Hawthorn was that he always wore a tie; more often a bow tie over a necktie. Respect for the sport, taking his task seriously. Now our champion is adorned with body piercings and tattoos, a different era, indeed!
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What I thought was unique to Mike Hawthorn was that he always wore a tie; more often a bow tie over a necktie. Respect for the sport, taking his task seriously. Now our champion is adorned with body piercings and tattoos, a different era, indeed!
Anyone interested in learning more about Mike should read 'Challenge Me The Race' and 'Champion Year' both illuminating and amusing reqds.

Advertisment. I have a copy of Mike Hawthorn, Golden Boy I could be parted from.
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It's worth noting that this is one of a series - the next one is about Graham Hill.
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I love the way it is showing the drivers that have been racing through the old days and the only thing I have to say is there are ones that have been shown on the telly before like the Graham Hill and the Jim Clark ones
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What I thought was unique to Mike Hawthorn was that he always wore a tie; more often a bow tie over a necktie. Respect for the sport, taking his task seriously. Now our champion is adorned with body piercings and tattoos, a different era, indeed!
It was certainly unique but Hawthorn's public persona was such a parody of the English gent at play that it appears absurd to modern eyes. Hamilton et al are equally representative of their time I think .
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I just think that the people who were in the sport were representing the world of the time they were in
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Yup, I've no problem with the way Mike Hawthorn dressed at race meetings, just as I have no problem with the way a modern F1 driver does...... The difference is that nowadays they can't actually race in torn jeans and tee shirt!
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