This week in MCN... in 1986

It might be 30 years ago, but we all re­mem­ber the events of 1986. Not least a brave biker chas­ing five armed rob­bers

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As 1986 drew to a close there had been a lot to re­flect on. It was the year of the Ch­er­nobyl Nu­clear dis­as­ter, e-mail had been in­vented and the Space Shut­tle Chal­lenger blew up.

In the bik­ing world Amer­i­can Ed­die Law­son had won the 500 world ti­tle while Rob Mcel­nea bat­tled to fifth in the fi­nal stand­ings.

There was an on­go­ing row about to­bacco spon­sor­ship in rac­ing and poo­dle-haired Europe had stormed to the top of the charts with The Fi­nal­count-down. It was a time of the power bal­lad with Bon Jovi and other died-blonde rock­ers pre­tend­ing to play gui­tars!

Honda rider Scot Hat­field mean­while hit the head­lines for his dar­ing chase of a gang of armed rob­bers. De­spite be­ing shot at he re­fused to give up and kept go­ing un­til the gang dumped their get­away car and made a run for it – when they were then rounded up. Hat­field said: “They sent me fly­ing. The Honda was a bit bent but I jumped back on and chased after them again.”

‘The Honda was bent but the en­gine was still go­ing, so I gave chase again’ SCOT HAT­FIELD, BRAVE BIKER

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