Eric Bana is all set to make a movie about the life and spectacular comeback story of Mike “The Bike” Hailwood.
Arguably the finest racer of all time, Hailwood retired from racing bikes at his career peak in 1967 after 12 victories at the Isle of Man TT. He set out to take back his crown in 1978, aboard a Ducati. Against the odds.
Bana, a known motorcycle enthusiast and Ducatiphile, will play Hailwood. He’s also writing the script and he will co-direct the film with Robert Connolly of Arenamedia.
The Hailwood story is magnificent. Forty-two years ago, Mike “The Bike” Hailwood stunned the motorcycling world when he emerged from 11 years of self-imposed retirement to win the Formula One TT at the Isle of Man on a specially prepared 883cc Ducati 900SS.
Hailwood, who once interrupted his own race to pull a burning competitor out of his blazing Formula One race car to save his life, would himself die tragically at age 40 along with his daughter, as a truck driver crashed into their vehicle as they headed to a restaurant.
Motor Sport magazine wrote, “He was and always will be the greatest motorcycle racer of all time. You cannot destroy a personality like Mike Hailwood by simply killing him.”
Bana’s directorial debut came on Love The Beast, which premiered at Tribeca in 2009. He is owner of production outfit Pick Up Truck Pictures. Co-director Connolly’s credits include the Oscar Isaac-starrer Balibo, and Paper Planes. The duo also collaborated on the Aussie film Romulus My Father.
Snag’s career in motoring journalism spans 29 years with stints at major bike mags Australian Road Rider, Motorcycle Trader and AMCN along with contributions to just about every other outlet worth a hill of beans. He was editor of Unique Cars magazine and hosts his legendary podcast ‘Snag Says’ when he gets off his date.