"The young Mike Hailwood was already a hero of mine from watching him race at Mallory Park and other local roadrace tracks where he'd cleaned up on a variety of small bikes from Ducatis to Mondials. His millionaire father Stan owned Kings of Oxford-a very large dealership in those days-so that is where I went to buy the Ariel. Who said racing doesn't influence purchasing decisions? Two street crashes from over-enthusiasm and insufficient skills took me off the street and onto the racetrack. The Ariel was a great teacher and gave me two seasons to hone my racing skills before moving up to the international classes. It was relatively cheap, incredibly stable and when fettled correctly, provided a surprisingly good turn of speed. This modest bike got me into racing, which brought me to America, and eventually gave birth to my motorcycle filmmaking career. I guess you could say the Ariel Golden Arrow changed my life."