Mike Hawthorn One Glorious Hour - A True Story July 1958 To January 1959


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  • ISBN: 9781780910437
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  • Publ Date: 2012-07-15
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  • Binding: PaperBack
  • Pages: 192
  • Imprint: DB PUBLISHING
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  • ID - 72651


This story is arguably the most compelling and moving sports drama of all time. It matters because it is a testament to the eternal values of friendship, honesty of purpose and self sacrifice. It is played out in the bloody arena of highly dangerous Grand Prix motor racing of the fifties, an age in which the drivers were still amateurs and the sport controllers and team owners as yet untainted by the corruption of big money. It is as inspiring as it is tragic.

In 1976 I was commissioned by BBC TV to write a film about Mike Hawthorn, the first British world motor racing champion. It was never made. The reason? The facts of his life and death were then unclear. Had I known what they were it would have catapulted the drama into the bracket of classical tragedy. Despite research I found myself faced with a well kept secret. During the following thirty five years I kept returning to it, but still failed to penetrate that mystery.

Until now.

This true story is driven by suspense as the hero is faced with a dreadful dilemma. Rarely does a real life story, as that of Mike Hawthorn, match the best of fiction. ONE GLORIOUS HOUR does just that.

Set in 1958 he is one of the four man Ferrari motor racing team in Grand Prix. And he is favourite to become BritainÆs first world motor racing champion. And he is dying



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