Another motorcycle movie is in the works, this one “Mike the Bike” named after the nickname given to Mike Hailwood, ten time World Champion, where between 1961 and 1967, he sometimes won the championship of two different classes in a single year. Mike switched to racing cars in Formula 2 and became the European Champion after which he moved to Formula 1. In 1973 Mike was awarded the George Medal for pulling Clay Regazzoni from the burning wreckage of his car during the South African Grand Prix. A crash of his own at the Nurburgring in 1974 resulted in leg injuries ending his career. Mike, however, after a few years off, decided to make a comeback and in 1978, returned to the Isle of Mann and won. This is the kind of story everyone loves and Paul Pender has written the script for just such a movie to tell the tale of Mike the Bike.
The film is being produced by Michael Ohoven of Infinity Media, which recently produced “Capote.” Mike and his daughter were killed in an auto accident in 1981 but the producers are working with Mike’s widow, Pauline, on the film. After “The World’s Fastest Indian,” the prospect of another well made motorcycle film is a good thing. Maybe it will help people forget all of those awful biker movies of the sixties. I’ll be looking forward to this one.
Don’t forget, The World’s Fastest Indian is out on DVD this week!