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Steve Wynne reunited with 864 Ducati at Combe Hailwood Parade

Ducati specialist Steve Wynne will be reunited with the most famous bike he ever built, the 864cc Sports Motorcycles V-twin on which Mike Hailwood won his famous comeback TT in the 1978 Formula 1 race, at Castle Combe in Wiltshire on Sunday.

Wynne, who now runs a Ducati shop in New Zealand, is flying in for the Mike’s Bikes Parade, which celebrates 60 years since the ten-times world champion started racing in 1957. The Combe circuit is one of the tracks on which the 17-year-old Hailwood competed in his debut racing season.

“This will be biggest race meeting here this decade, cars or bikes,” parade organiser Rodney Gooch said. He has assembled an evocative batch of machines that Mike either rode, or are similar to the actual machines, including a 297cc Honda six that will be ridden by Guy Martin. The bike is one of some eight replicas of the 1967 factory bikes meticulously - miraculously is a better word - built by the Leicestershire Classic specialist George Beale.


Other parade bikes range from a 50cc Itom, a 125cc Honda twin, 250 and 500cc Honda fours, a 125cc MV, Suzuki RG500, 1000cc Dunstall Suzuki, 500cc Manx Norton and the actual 650cc Triumph T110 that Mike rode to victory, with Dan Shorey, in the 1958 Thruxton 500-mile production race.

Personalities include Freddie Spencer, Stuart Graham, Steve Parrish, Mike’s wife Pauline Hailwood and son David.

The Hailwood celebrations form part of a North Gloucestershire club meeting on July 8-9, which includes rounds of the 125 and 250cc British championships, the Bonhams Lansdowne historic series for pre-1963 bikes, and parades for classics and specials.

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