Sunday, December 4, 2011

Keith Bryen, Aussie privateer and finally works Moto Guzzi rider in 1957.....these are likely the last of the photos I have on him...

I've done quite a few posts on Keith Bryen, Aussie privateer in Europe from 1953, culminating in a works Moto Guzzi ride later in 1957......
Use the search facility on the RHS of my blog, typing in "Keith Bryen"...... drift back into what many consider was a golden era of motorcycle racing.
Keith and Gwen kindly loaned me many of their photographs of their time in Europe following the "Continental Circus".....
I've scratched through my folder and come up with a few more, but suggest these may be the last without re-using photos.
This happens occasionally and for it I apologise....
Left click on the images to enlarge them....
Len and Neil Tinker, Belgium GP, 1953.
Gilera works team, Belgium GP, 1953.
Moto Guzzi works team, Belgium GP, 1953.
Pit area, Noris Ring, Nurnberg, 1953
Main straight, Noris Ring, Nurnberg, 1953.
Pit area, Noris Ring, Nurnberg, 1953.
Riders and wives, Noris Ring, Nurnberg, 1953.
Leo Simpson,Geoff Walker, Laurie Boulter,George Scott and Ken Kavenagh...unsure where...and likely during 1953.
The 500cc race starts at Solitude, 22.07.1956...
Solitude, 22.07.1956, the 500cc race has just started...
Alan Trow, Peter Murphy (NZ) and Keith Bryen...Bourge en Bresse, 1957.
Gwen Bryen looks on from their van, unknown, centre, Alan Trow, to right Peter Murphy at Bourge en Bresse, 1956....
Peter Murphy, (unknown), Alan Trow and Keith tuck into lunch at Borge en Bresse, 1956.
Geoff Duke, Gilera; Keith Campbell, Moto Guzzi, Keith Bryen, Norton. Swedish GP, Hedemora, 14.07.1957.
Works Moto Guzzi ride, 1956 Ulster GP, on the grid for the 350cc race.10.08.1957


350cc race of 1956 UGP. Finished 2nd place, works Moto Guzzi, 10.08.1957.

8 comments:

Grandpa Jimbo said...

Dennis: This is why I'd rather ride an old bike fast than to ride a new fast bike. Those were the days!
Jim A., Tucson, AZ

Jim said...

Great to see photos of Alan Trow. I remember reading an article about how he used to tune up Lambrettas. Can anyone tell me what happened to this very talented rider?
Jim
jimcb600s@hotmail.com

lindawestcott said...

Alan Trow was my uncle, very sadly he died in 1962(aged 29) of meningitis (linked to the repair of a forehead injury he had received racing) He had decied to race cars and had bought an ex Jum Clark car. His shop was owned by his father (Albert Trow)and was sold in about 1963. His death totally devastated my grandparents. He left a widow Doreen and two daughters (Lynn and Susan)

lindalou8120 said...

Sadly Alan died in 1962 aged just 29 from meningitis related to an old surgery he had had for a forehead injury. It is wonderful to see these pics which we have never seen before. He was my uncle and his sister Heather (now 84)is my mother and Alans only surviving family beside his eldest daughter Lynn. Alan had bought an ex-Jim Clark racing car and was intending to race on four-wheels in the future. He left such a big void in our family as he was a larhger than life fun person.

lindalou8120 said...

Alan sadly dies in 1962 aged just 29. It is wonderful to see these pics which I have never seen before (he was my Uncle)I have many pictures him racing that were my grandmothers, this are compltely unknow. Many thanks for posting them.

lindalou8120 said...

Alan sadly died in 1962 aged just 29 from meningitis,we believe it was caused by an old repair to his forehead a couple of years earlier. He was my much loved uncle and his death devastated my grandparents. So lovely to see pictures of him that I have never seen beofre.

Jim K said...

After all these years it's great to hear about Alan Trow. I remember a photo (Motor Cycle magazine?) of him doing a wheelie on his tuned up Lambretta. It must have been 1956 when, on his Norton, he beat new world Champion John Surtees on the MV at Brands Hatch. Surtees was suffering from his recently broken arm, but as Motor Cycle mag said "This must not be allowed to detract from the brilliance of Trow's performance"

lindalou8120 said...

He was a daredevil, he had a Mini Cooper and a Jaguar,he used to give the Police a run for their money as he was always speeding. He liked to have a drink or two and although he loved to race didnt take it too seriously,if he had really focused I think he would have given Surtees and Mike Hailwood a serious challenge. I often wonder how he would have done on four wheels. I remember the British Racing Green racing car being in the Lambretta shop in Wickham Lane, I think it was ex Jim Clark, I sat and played in it with my cousins. So many happy memories, I attended two Isle of Man TTs when I was 4 and 6, sadly too young to really appreciate it.The excitement and noise I remeber clearly. I do watch utube of the latest races at the TT and seeing those bikes hurtle round at 200mph is just astounding.It takes someone special to master that course on a motorbike,the past and present racers are exceptional people.