MCN in 1979

THIS WEEK IN... Thatcher, snow in May and a pretty av­er­age Tri­umph. Yep, it’s the late 70sé

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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

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