||Mike Hawthorn died in a road accident.
As a driver, he was already lost to us, and who knows, time
may prove that in that respect he was just about replaceable. But as a man, as a
character, as a tremendous personality, there could never be another Mike Hawthorn. Long
shall we mourn and remember you, "Mon Ami Mate!" Yes, he was quite a character,
was Britain"s first World Champion.
From Champions! by John
Blunsden and Christopher Hilton (MRP, 1993)