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Mike Hawthorn

Mike Hawthorn (1929-1959), race car driver

Born John Michael Hawthorn on April 10, 1929 in Hexborough[?], Yorkshire, England. He was the winner of the 1958 Formula One Championship. With only one win that year against four wins of Stirling Moss, he benefited from the gentlemanship of Moss at the Portuguese Grand Prix of Porto, after being disqualified for pushing his car, against the rules. Moss interceded and so Hawthorn could keep his second place in Porto, that contributed to his win in the championship only one point ahead of Moss.

Hawthorn decided to retire in the end of the season, only to die in an automobile accident, some months later on January 22, 1959.

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