Officially, it was the final of the 1974 cycling Commonwealth Games 10 miles scratch race.
But it might as well have well been called the Archer Road Club special. The gold went to Steve Heffernan from Uxbridge and Archer in 20m:51s, and a second behind was Archer team-mate Murray Hall representing Australia.
The club named after the street in Westbourne Grove was by the time of the race widely known as Archer Cutty Sark, thanks to the whisky sponsors.
It was also a magnet for antipodeans like Hall, who thanks to Archer supremo Stuart Benstead, found his feet in west London, and was soon riding the racing circuit both here and on the continent.
In Christchurch 40 years ago, both Heffernan and Hall were in the form of their lives and relegated the great Ian Hallam to third.
The cyclist from Hampshire won Commonwealth gold medals and two Olympic team bronzes - but not that day, although it was a close run thing as Benstead remembers.
“I think Steve went off a bit too fast, even though he was half-a-lap up at one stage,” he said. “Then it was a case of extracting his digit when he realised the others were catching him rather than any mass sprint to the line.”
Heffernan, born October 1952, was later to win bronze in the 1977 World Professional 5km individual pursuit, but the pro scene quickly turned sour for the man who later opened a bike shop in West Drayton.
“At the time, the drug thing was rife,” added Benstead, “and that wasn’t for Steve.”
Heffernan also had a huge following at the outdoor Paddington track where he was a prolific winner.
“He was something of an extrovert,” added Benstead. “I remember one race when he caused a pile-up at the end, and then made everyone laugh when he staggered to his feet and carried the bike across the finish and expected to be handed first place.”
In the grainy small pic although Heffernan is narrowly beating Dave Handley from Poly CC on the old Paddington track, Handley had been a bronze medallist in the world amateur sprint championship.