Together with Mike Hailwood, Barry Sheene, Agostini… there was Mick Grant who won more Isle of man TT’s than Hailwood. We South Africans have lost count of how many times he has graced our shores. It started in 1973 with the SA TT at Roy Hesketh and then Kyalami on Grand Prix day in March 1976. In-between he has been a regular visitor to the South African race tracks.
In his racing career Mick won 7 Isle of Man TT titles and was the rider who finally broke Mike Hailwoods Isle of Man TT record in 1975. He won Grand Prix’s throughout Europe in the seventies and eighties. In the mid-seventies it was Mick Grant and Barry Sheene who captured the crowds attention in the UK. He was a hero. After retiring from racing as reigning British Supertrack Champion in 1985, he went on to manage the new generation of champion riders including James Whitam, Steve Platter, Craig James and Chris Vermeulen.
In South Africa he is best known by the current generation of his annual visit to South Africa in January with an entourage of racers – most being Suzuki and was instrumental in initiating Isle of Man Legend Steve Platter’s career in the early 2000’s at Zwartkops.
Mick Grant’s closest friend in South Africa was Clive Strugnell. They were very close and toured South Africa every year. Mick was devastated by the sudden passing of Clive in February 2017. Mick is with us this weekend paying tribute to his great friend, one Clive Strugnell.