RE­MEM­BER: DE­CEM­BER 1980

Classic Trial - - COMPETITION -

The Yamaha RD350LC is born: This le­gendary ma­chine first rolled off the pro­duc­tion lines in June 1980, and many peo­ple re­gard it as the ma­chine that was re­spon­si­ble for the re-birth of the two-stroke mo­tor. This Race De­vel­oped liq­uid-cooled ma­chine man­aged to es­tab­lish a truly global fan base up un­til pro­duc­tion ceased in 1995, and good ex­am­ples are now con­sid­ered very col­lectable.

John Len­non As­sas­si­nated: At the age of forty, the former Bea­tles m:em­ber had gained world­wide fame as a solo artist as well as for his po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism and paci­fism. Mark David Chap­man shot him dead as he re­turned from Record Plant Stu­dio with his wife Yoko Ono in the arch­way of the fa­mous Dakota build­ing, where he lived in New York City, on Monday 8th De­cem­ber 1980. He was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival at the Roo­sevelt Hos­pi­tal. Min­utes af­ter the lo­cal news sta­tions re­ported Len­non’s death to the world, large crowds be­gan to gather at Roo­sevelt Hos­pi­tal and in front of the Dakota build­ing. The al­bum he re­leased shortly be­fore his death was named Dou­ble Fan­tasy, which is the na­tional flower of Ber­muda.

The Top 5 sin­gles in Great Bri­tain: 1: Abba, Su­per Trouper; 2: St Winifred’s School Choir, There’s No One Quite Like Grandma; 3: Jona Lewie, Stop The Cav­alry; 4: Mad­ness, Em­bar­rass­ment; 5: The Boom­town Rats, Ba­nana Repub­lic.

The Top 5 sin­gles in USA: 1: Neil Di­a­mond, Love On The Rocks; 2: Bar­bra Streisand, Guilty; 3: Kenny Rogers, Lady; 4: John Len­non, (Just Like) Start­ing Over; 5: Queen, Another One Bites The Dust.

Best Sell­ing Car 1980: The Ford Es­cort – In­tro­duced in 1969 the Es­cort had been a slow seller in the show­rooms at first, but in 1980 it was the one to have. To­tal sales of the car were 1,607,999, with the XR and RS mod­els the most sought af­ter. The eight­ies wit­nessed two gen­er­a­tions of the Ford Es­cort. The front-wheel drive Mk3 ver­sion was in­tro­duced in 1980 fol­lowed by its facelifted re­place­ment, the Mk4 in 1986. The ‘hot ‘model to own though was the RS1600i.

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