Vee Two Hail­wood launched

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT - From Alan Cath­cart

The Vee Two Hail­wood Replica made its pub­lic de­but on Sat­ur­day, Au­gust 25th in a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion at the Isle of Man Clas­sic TT, along­side the orig­i­nal Du­cati 900F1 that Mike Hail­wood rode to vic­tory in his fa­mous TT come­back 40 years ago in 1978.

The Vee Two Hail­wood shared the Hail­wood 40th an­niver­sary stand with the kind per­mis­sion of the orig­i­nal bike’s Amer­i­can owner Larry Auri­ana. Mul­ti­ple TT race-win­ner Char­lie Wil­liams pre­sented the new bike along­side Vee Two’s Brook Henry, joined by Pauline and David Hail­wood of the Hail­wood Foun­da­tion. Steve Auri­ana, Larry Auri­ana’s nephew, trav­elled from New York for the event.

Char­lie Wil­liams said: “This bike fea­tures some fan­tas­tic en­gi­neer­ing, and it’s a great trib­ute to Mike Hail­wood.’ The 2018 Clas­sic TT Fes­ti­val in­cluded an as­sem­bly of sev­eral hun­dred Du­cati Mike Hail­wood Replica road bikes, which trav­elled to the Is­land from all over Europe, and be­yond. Brook Henry fired up the 905cc twin to ap­plause from an ap­pre­cia­tive crowd. Only 12 of the Vee Two Hail­wood bikes will be built, re­flect­ing the race num­ber Mike’s bike wore in his cel­e­brated 1978 F1 TT win. The £110,000 ma­chine has taken 18 months to cre­ate. Each owner will re­ceive a per­son­alised sou­venir book about the bike’s evo­lu­tion writ­ten by Paul Barden. Brook Henry pro­duces the en­gines in Perth, Western Aus­tralia, while the chas­sis, body­work, dec­o­ra­tion and fi­nal as­sem­bly is car­ried out at Paul Tay­lor’s Tay­lor­made Rac­ing fac­tory in Los An­ge­les.

Pauline Hail­wood with son David Hail­wood on the Vee Two Hail­wood Replica (right) and John McGuin­ness on the orig­i­nal bike (left) at the launch.

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