THIS WEEK IN... 1973

Ago wins the ti­tle, a packet of fags was 20p and crash hel­mets were only just legalé

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

1973 marked a time of change for all of us – it was the year that we en­tered the EU, a time of the three-day week, power cuts, a min­ers strike and gal­lop­ing in­fla­tion mak­ing ev­ery­one feel poorer than they did the year be­fore.

And it was to get worse, too – by the end of the year we were star­ing an oil cri­sis in the face after the ma­jor pro­duc­ing coun­tries de­cided to up the price and re­duce the sup­ply of black gold. Still, at least it got peo­ple on to bikes…

Per­haps the sad­dest event for MCN read­ers was the Sum­mer­land fire of Au­gust 2 on the Isle of Man. A reg­u­lar haunt for Tt-go­ers, the leisure cen­tre/night­club caught fire after a care­lessly-tossed cig­a­rette caught a kiosk on fire. Over 50 peo­ple were killed in the blaze.

‘We were star­ing an oil cri­sis in the face as the pro­duc­ing coun­tries upped the price and re­duced the sup­ply’

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