When Mick won the Grovewood Award in October 1969, this is what Motor Cycle News said:
This year Mick Andrew in his fourth season of racing was third in the 500cc British championship series and would almost certainly have been second in the 350ccc section if he hadn't been stopped by a crash in the final round at Crystal Palace.
Without any doubt - and Mick is the first to agree - his link-up with the Gus Kuhn team is a big factor to him becoming one of the most improved riders of the season. His earlier rides were often criticised as being rather ragged and at times wild. This is not true of the Mick Andrew who has forced through into the championships battles and who produced a classic performance of determination and style in this year's Hutchinson 100.
Mick, who works on the Gus Kuhn race bikes, joined the staff towards the end of last year after quitting his job with a firm specialising in the manufacture of hospital furniture.
Vincent Davey was keen to enter racing and Mick took one of the now famous Kuhn Commandos to third place during his first outing at Lydden in August last year.
The link between sponsor and rider was made and Mick moved to London to concentrate on the machines that were being prepared for a full scale entry into racing by Gus Kuhn.
Seeleys for the 350 and 500 classes plus the big class Commandos were the line-up, although Mick did have to miss some earlier 350 races as only one of the smaller Seeleys was available. This went to Dave Croxford, signed as the team's number one rider.
Being second man to 500 British Champion Croxford doesn't bother Mick. "Anyway I'm going to win the 500 title next year," says Mick, one of racing's light-hearted characters who enjoys friendly rivalry with his team mate.
Photo from the Gus Kuhn archive
But Mick's interest in racing is not just a determination to better himself.
With a bright future ahead he is aware that efforts must be made to make the sport attractive to spectators.
He welcomes plans like the intended match races between Britain and America and feels that without being gaudy the sport could be brightened up.
Although Mick's life revolves around racing he does find time for relaxation. This is usually found in a pint of beer or a visit to Streatham ice rink.
"This year I have been fortunate and I have received so much invaluable help. I don't think I shall ever be able to repay Vincent Davey for his part in my season of success and I am also indebted to Charlie Sanby for teaching me so much and being such a driving force during my first racing visit to the Isle of Man."