An Ordinary Hero

BT Sport   |   UK

An Ordinary Hero looks back and celebrates the colourful life of Mike Hailwood, one of the legends of motor racing. His untimely death in a car crash alongside his daughter sent shock waves through the motorcycling community in 1981. The film sets out to show the immense dangers of motor sport back then and the way in which guys like Hailwood managed to cope with that. His inspirational story is told by his family and friends, supported by incredible archive material. Archive was always going to be vital in bringing Hailwood to life for this film. Interviews and race footage only show one side of the man, but by working closely with the family estate and his friends, we were able to unearth amazing colour film of the Hailwood family from the 1950s which had never previously been broadcast. Additionally some behind the scenes original super 8 footage of his famous 1978 comeback was discovered, which added so much to an already incredible story.