MCN in 1979
THIS WEEK IN... Thatcher, snow in May and a pretty average Triumph. Yep, it’s the late 70sé
When MCN hit the newsstands on May 9, 1979, Maggie Thatcher had been in 10 Downing Street for four days. Britain’s first female Prime Minister, she was soon to be known as the Iron Lady and like some bikes of the era, she wasn’t for turning.
For some it was the start of a bleak time – Britain was riddled with strikes for years and the weather wasn’t helping, either. May was unseasonably cold – some stages of the Scottish Six-day Trial were called off thanks to deep snowdrifts.
In the world of bikes, things were looking good for Kenny Roberts to retain his 500cc title. We were also looking in anticipation to the TT – it was to be a cracker and the build-up was fascinating and over the next four weeks it would all unfold. The returning Mike Hailwood would be victorious in the Senior on a Suzuki RG500 and battle hard with F1-winner Alex George in the Classic race, losing by 3.4s. At the end of 1979 he retired for racing again, but sadly was killed in a road accident in 1981.
‘Gone are the hairy sensations of Z1000 frame flex and loss of braking in the wet’ TERRY SNELLING, MCN TESTER