This Pat Mahoney's memory of the 1970 King of Brands race, in his own words, written in the 1980s.
The democratic "King of Brands" Rules in 1970 dictated that a dedicated contender for this extremely illustrious Crown and title, must score high place points in three different class events. These being: 250cc, 350cc and Unlimited.
My excellent sponsor at that particular period was the reknowned Mr. Vincent Davey of Gus Kuhn fame. The only major problem with Dave's superb backing was that he never supported the small classes.
For this vital 250cc machine, I approached a double dead-keen young lad (Spud Murphy) who like ME, was living with his doting patents just a block of double palatial condominiums down the ole banger-littered street.
Spud willingly, immediately, stepped into the vacant breach - exceedingly generously, offering his one and only prized possession, a 250cc TDIC Yamaha.
Just to finally recap, I now had the three requisite classes to do gladiatorial battle for the most coveted "KING OF BRANDS" crown and title:
- 250cc TDIC MURPHY YAMAHA
- 350CC AJS GUS KUHN 7R
- 750CC GUS KUHN NORTON
It was sure a long time ago now and the little ole grey cells are so rapidly fading (OLD AGE!) but I do remember quite clearly and vividly, I had a one hell of a ding-dong titanic battle of attrition with my so called Gus Kuhn team-mates.
Vincent Davey had the extremely rare first, second and third.
Mick Andrew, Charlie Sanby and ME, going under the chequered flag in a nose to tail formation.
The points I had amassed over the three rides, just gave ME the "KING OF BRANDS" Crown and accolade.