On the sub­ject of Kerby’s G50 Metisse

Classic Racer - - ARCHIVE -

Dear CR The ref­er­ence to Tom Kerby’s G50 Metisse (letter, crack­ing read, issue 190) re­minded me of a day many, many years ago when a friend, who will be name­less for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, asked if I and my good pal Tony Col­li­son would ac­com­pany him to Rom­ford to collect a G50 Metisse he had pur­chased from Tom Kirby. So off we went, ar­riv­ing at Tom’s shop at Ro­neo Cor­ner, meet­ing Tom and af­ter a quick nose around the bike was loaded and home­ward bound. Now, I can’t say in any cer­tainty that it was ex-alan Bar­net but it had mod­i­fi­ca­tions that pointed in that di­rec­tion, but it was without doubt a gen­uine Tom Kirby Metisse as raced. Al­though I have lost touch with my friend, I am told that he still has that his­toric ma­chine. As a post­script I was of­fered his 7R for £100, yes £100, so I rushed off to beg, bor­row or steal to raise the sum, re­turn­ing the next day only to find I was too late – a re­gret I har­bour to this day, some 50 years later. John Croote, Kings Lynn

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