Tuesday, February 6, 2018
BRAD LACKEY CELEBRATES 4TH OF JULY ON BRITISH SOIL
“You just don’t go over to Europe and win a World Championship, you’ve got to pay your dues,” said Brad Lackey a few days after becoming the first American to ever win a 500cc World Championship Grand Prix. It was a long time in coming for the then 24 year-old. After winning the 1972 AMA 500cc National Championship, Lackey packed up his belongings and took off for Europe. Determined to fulfill a dream of making a run at a Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme World Championship, half a decade later it all came right when on July 3, 1977 at Farleigh Castle, Wilts, England, Lackey rode his full-on factory Honda RC-400 Elsinore to an impressive triumph over GP stalwarts Gerrit Wolsink and Bengt Aberg.