The first jumbo jet landed in the UK and the Japanese bike builders were taking over... as was Agostini
There were a lot of political rumblings as 1970 got going, with an election planned for later that year and the age of voting reduced from 21 to 18 years old.
It was looking likely to be a closerun thing between Edward Heath (Conservative) and Harold Wilson (Labour).
A Boeing 747 had also just landed safely at Heathrow, marking the first ever landing of a jumbo jet on UK soil.
Japanese bikes were also landing in the UK and their mass arrival was seeing off the British motorcycle industry. Triumph, Norton and AJS were still fighting, but Honda’s 750 four had started the superbike invasion and Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki weren’t far behind.
Giacomo Agostini was at the height of his powers and 1970 would see him win the 500 and 350 titles with his beloved MV Agusta. It wasn’t until 1973 that his 500 title-winning streak (seven on the bounce) came to an end when a certain Mr Phil Read took the title – also on an MV!
‘It’s very hard to win a world title and even harder to repeat it. You always want to win more races... it’s like a drug’ GIACOMO AGOSTINI