Ducati 860 NCR Corsa
This is the reserve bike prepared by
NCR for Hailwood in the 1979, The frame was a standard 900 SS.the bike has
Brembo brakes, Marzocchi forks and Marzocchi rear shocks. It has a Veglia
competition tachometer, twin Dell’Orto PHM 40-mm carburettors, front oil cooler,
Campagnolo wheels oil pressure gauge, Verlicchi handlebars and light clutch.
All enthusiasts know the story of
Mike Hailwood’s return to the Isle of Man TT races in 1978 and his success on
the Steve Wynne Ducati 900 SS, which led to Ducati’s first World Championship.
At 110.62 mph, Hailwood broke Phil
Read’s lap record by nine mph on the way to an immensely popular victory. He
followed up with a win at Mallory Park the next weekend, a crash at Donington
and a 3rd place at Silverstone against much faster opposition. Ducati was
thrilled with the TT result and promised to build Mike Hailwood replicas and
also give Hailwood a factory bike for the 1979 TT.
Hailwood tested the 1979 F1 bike at
Misano but crashed before any changes could be made, cracking two ribs. After
numerous delays, Ducati sent two NCR endurance race bikes to England; one was an
endurance machine, and the other was a TT1 variant with a wet clutch engine.
Wynne tried numerous modifications—even fitting the 1978 frame—but the bikes
could not produce enough power and handled poorly. The best Hailwood could do
was 5th place in the TT, and he declined to ride the endurance bike in any other