1970

The first jumbo jet landed in the UK and the Ja­panese bike builders were tak­ing over... as was Agos­tini

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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

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