Remembering TT rider Keith Draper

Before he passed away on August 27, my father Keith Draper asked me to send a little bit about him to OBM.

Keith Draper’s first bike was this gorgeous 1955 BSA Gold Star.

He was born in Dartford, Kent, on May 5, 1929, and his first motorcycle was a BSA Gold Star, which he raced around Brands Hatch and other circuits.

However he always wanted to race around the TT mountain circuit, and in 1958 he finally bought a Manx Norton and realised his dream.

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Keith is seen in action on the Isle of Man mountain circuit on the Manx Norton he bought in 1958.

Sadly he didn’t finish, but put up some really respectable lap times.

His race number was 58, and Mike Hailwood’s was 57.

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