BRAND NEW HAILWOOD REP
Australian Ducati specialists reveal replica of Mike the Bike’s 1978 Tt-winning 900
Astoundingly accurate replica of Mike’s ’78 TT winner. Yours for £110k
Fancy living out those Mike Hailwood fantasies? To celebrate 40 years since the great man’s legendary TT comeback in the 1978 F1 race, Vee Two are creating replicas of his Ducati NCR 900F1. The prototype was unveiled at the Classic TT and ridden on a demonstration lap by Mike’s son, David. The limited production run will be restricted to just a dozen examples – as per the bike’s race number – and can be yours for £110,000.
It’s a significant wedge of cash, but it buys more than just a copycat paint scheme. As CB reported back in the
March issue, Vee Two have acquired the original factory drawings and casting patterns for the prototype 883cc V-twin used in Hailwood’s racer. Ducati intended for the engine to power their next series of sports bikes, but a wobbly financial situation saw the bevel-drive layout pushed out in favour of the cheaper belt-drive design of the Pantah. As one of the world’s leading bevel-drive Ducati specialists, Vee Two have been given manufacturing rights, meaning this final development of the bevel unit is available to the public for first time.
Making use of 40 years of development in design and materials, the engine is a fully updated version known as ‘Ritorno’ (Italian for comeback). The extra