Britain By Car - A Motoring History

Mike Hawthorn

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The birthplace of Britain’s first Formula One world champion.

Alexandra Road, Mexborough

1929 - 1931

John Michael Hawthorn was born on the 10th April 1929, and lived in Alexandra Road.  At the age of two years, the young Mike moved with his family to Farnham in Surrey, where his father, Leslie, set up the Tourist Trophy Garage, on the outskirts of the town.  

A plaque commemorating Mike Hawthorn’s links with Mexborough was unveiled in December 2006 by Jean Ireland, who was engaged to Mike at the time of his death.  The plaque is located on the corner between Hope Street and Mexborough High Street.  

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