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Long time Ago

This one's for Jester with thanks for putting me right on the dating of my last upload.
Here we have Giacomo Agostini (Ago) exiting the Hairpin at Mallory Park in 1974 - almost 36 years ago. Although the bike carries #10 he's wearing #1 on the back of his leathers. Hmmm?

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Sports and action

Voters: Hailwood, GaryTombs, motorsportpictures and 2 more


motorsportpictures 11 289 23 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2010 5:38PM
A well timed shot from then.


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12 342 5 England
2 Mar 2010 8:25PM
I saw your last shot and it brought back memories of a Mallory Meeting in 1974 or thereabouts when I saw all the guys in your photo. As a moto-cross rider then, I couldn't believe the speeds these great men were doing approaching the pits from Devil's Elbow - the track has been changed or the pits have moved, I am not sure but access is prohibited from that spot now. A vote for this one and thanks for the memory - I didn't mention my thoughts on the last one just in case I had got my dates wrong (age is racing on) and was thought to be spinning a yarn. Chris
Jestertheclown 10 8.0k 252 England
2 Mar 2010 10:34PM
Thanks Den!
Seeing this shot convinces me more than ever that I was there that day.
Trouble is, I was racing myself at about that time and spent so many weekends at so many tracks that it all tends to merge into one these days.
Anyway; did the current world champ carry the #1 plate in those days, as they do now? I think so but I'm not sure.
If so, Read must have been the champ in this class as he's carrying #'1 in your last upload.
If that's right, then the #1 on Ago's back might mean he was the reigning champ in another class. Remember, in those days there were Grand Prix for about six different sizes of machine and many riders rode in more than one.
Time for more research methinks!
All the best,
3 Mar 2010 10:32AM
Many thanks Chris and Jester for your invaluable input on these two aged images.
Chris, in those days the exit from the hairpin led directly into Devils Elbow. I believe since then the Bus Stop has been introduced just after the hairpin in an effort to reduce speed through the Elbow.
Please don't ever be afraid to make a comment on anything I say. My memory is getting blurred also and it's always great to hear from others that can straighten me out when I'm wrong - as in this case.
Jester, once again I think you've hit the nail right on the head. As you say, time for more research. As soon as time allows I'll be looking into it. The internet is a useful source for this sort of info ain't it.
Re the #3 on Sheeney's bike. I found a couple of books about the maestro and would you believe there's hardly any pics of him with that number. I thought he had it for quite some time.
Anyway, thank you both for taking interest in this subject. You've both stimulated a lot of thought.
Jestertheclown 10 8.0k 252 England
3 Mar 2010 4:18PM
Cheers Den,
It's a subject close to my heart. I'd be interested to hear what you find out about Sheeny's #3. I'll keep looking here.

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