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Dear Malc, I won­der if any of your read­ers know what has hap­pened to the Keeler 7R twin en­gine? It was built by Arthur Keeler, who lived in Mot­ting­ham, south­east Lon­don and he worked at the AMC fac­tory in Plum­stead. The Keeler 7R was bought in 1971 for a lowly sum of £300. I raced it all 1972 sea­son at Ly­d­den Hill, Brands Hatch, Mal­lory and Cad­well Park. I never fell off (rare for me) and had many third places, etc. At the end of the sea­son, I told Arthur I loved the bike and en­joyed my years rac­ing; I even raced it at the last-ever meet­ing at Crys­tal Palace in 1972, but I felt ready for a faster bike, so Arthur sug­gested I should sell the 7R. He said he would build me a brand-new G50 en­gine, re­move the 7R twin from its rolling clas­sic and I could pur­chase the whole bike for £1000. So I sold the 7R to a guy in Amer­ica for £300 (thought I did well to re­trieve the orig­i­nal price paid) and started the 1974 sea­son on the G50. I crashed it heav­ily chas­ing Pat Ma­honey at Ly­d­den Hill. Af­ter fin­ish­ing sixth in the heat, I thought I could go for it in the fi­nal. I was wrong and ran out of brakes at the el­bow at Ly­d­den and had a big crash re­sult­ing in a bro­ken nose, jaw and col­lar­bone too. I then sold the crashed bike for £700 and re­turned to grass track rac­ing for a softer land­ing if I crashed (which I did, of course). So, what hap­pened to the 7R twin en­gine? I know it was tested but never raced. Arthur

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