March 15, 1970, start of the Daytona 200 miles race: bringing four CB 750 racing machines on the track, Honda makes its comeback in GP races, having been absent from the scene since 1967. The competitors were all there: factory bikes from Triumph, BSA, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, ... and of course, Harley Davidson.
Gene Romero (Triumph) was on pole position, followed by Mike Hailwood (BSA) and Gary Nixon (Triumph). The 36 year old race veteran Dick Mann was in fourth position with one of the factory Honda CB 750.
Over 80 racers on their rumbling bikes were on the start line. Dick Mann using all the power of his 4 cylinder Honda makes a perfect start and rides in 1st position. After a fantastic race where Mann had to fight against Mike Hailwood, Gary Nixon and Carl Rayborn (Harley) to keep the lead he finished first with a 10 seconds advantage.
Dick "Bugsy" Mann was one of the most versatile motorcycle racers ever. In 1971, he became the first rider to complete motorcycle racing’s grand slam, winning in all forms of AMA Grand National Championship racing: mile, half-mile, short track, TT and road racing. He retired from professional racing in 1974 but still continued racing. In 1975, Mann qualified for the United States International Six Days Trial team (now known as the International Six Days Enduro) and competed for his country on the Isle of Man earning a bronze medal. In 1995, Dick Mann was given the prestigious AMA Dud Perkins Award for his contributions to the sport.