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Sev­eral weeks have passed since last we met on the pages here. And there’s so much to say!

Dear CR Bril­liant fea­tures in is­sue #191. I es­pe­cially liked the story on the Bee­bee brothers. I spent many happy mo­ments cheer­ing the team on at the TT against the for­eign op­po­si­tion. One thing puz­zled me though, I thought Hart­ley Kerner joined the team in the later days, but as there was no men­tion of him the old mem­ory must be let­ting me down. It’s def­i­nitely the mem­ory. Just watched the lat­est episode of the mo­tor­bike show with Henry Coles and learned that Trevor Na­tion won a TT for Nor­ton in the Eight­ies. I could have sworn it was Steve His­lop in 1992. Ah well. Paul Mel­lor Gwynedd Wales

Hi Paul Glad you en­joyed the Bee­bee piece as much as I en­joyed writ­ing it. Four real char­ac­ters and all un­sung he­roes in my book. Hart­ley Kerner and a mem­ory lapse? Well, yes and no. Hav­ing checked back, Hart­ley didn’t ac­tu­ally ride for Bee­bees, but it’s an easy mis­take to make. He was out on triples around the same time, but Alis­tair rec­ol­lects it was on Tony Miles Tri­dents. Tony hav­ing taken over the con­struc­tion of Rob North frames some­time in the late 1970s I be­lieve. But if you’re in­ter­ested in Bee­bee rid­ers, I failed to men­tion, how about a cer­tain Mal­colm Wheeler? I’ll leave him to give his own ac­count of that one! Keep the let­ters com­ing. Pete Craw­ford

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