Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer" Mike (Michelle) Duff Born - December 13, 1939

December 13, 1939
Michelle Ann Duff

Born (Michael Alan Duff) in Toronto, Ontario.
Michelle Duff is the only Canadian to ever win a World Championship Motorcycle Grand Prix. In all, she won three, the first was the 1964 250 c.c. Belgian G.P. in 1965. Her best season was in 1965 when she won the 250cc Finnish Grand Prix and finished the year in second place to Phil Read. Duff suffered a near-fatal crash in Japan and required extensive surgery and physical therapy. She recovered in time to borrow a bike and finish third in the first ever Canadian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Mosport in 1967, behind the legendary Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini. Her recovery was documented in the 1967 National Film Board of Canada short documentary film Ride for Your Life, directed by Robin Spry.

Duff was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1994.

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