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Bob Keeler

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Mounts: Junior—Norton

Age 26, Bob Keeler, a technical journalist from Hillingdon, Middlesex, is member of the 1954 Norton team. Yet he has only been racing for two years!

His first race was the 1,000 c.c. Clubman’s event at the 1952 Silverstone Saturday meeting, in which he rode a Triumph Thunderbird—and won. Investing in another Triumph—a Tiger 100—he began to take part in short circuit races, with various successes at Thruxton, Ibsley and elsewhere.

Last season he again went the rounds of the short circuits, this time using a 500 c.c. Norton and a 7R A.J.S., winning at Brand’s Hatch, Silverstone and Blandford. Then came the 1953 Senior Clubman’s T.T., in which he rode an International Norton. He led from start to finish, winning at record speed and raising the lap record to 84.49 m.p.h.

He was second in the Senior Manx Grand Prix, at 89.07 m.p.h., less than a minute behind the winner, Denis Parkinson.

Bob is a keen footballer, and is centre-half for his local club.
(TT Special, 16 June 1954, p.18.)

Competed in

1954 Senior TT81:49:23.4082.79Norton
1954 Junior TT32:05:43.6090.03Norton
1953 Senior MGP22:32:31.0089.07Norton
1953 Junior MGPRNorton
1953 Clubman Senior TT11:20:43.4084.14Norton
1953 Clubman Junior TTRNorton


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