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#1 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 14:06

Geoff Duke's brother-in-law was an Australian motorcycle rider.

According to the book "I Giorni del Coraggio - Storia dei Motomondiali 1949-1969" by Ezio Pirazzini, Edizioni Calderini, Bologna 1975, he was Bob Brown.

Brown lost his life while practicing at the Solitude for the 1960 Grand Prix of Germany 250 cm3 class. At the time of his death Brown was third in points in the World Championship 500 cm3 class, riding his private Norton, behind Surtees and Venturi's MV Agustas.
Bob Brown married his long time Australian girlfriend Bernadette shortly before he was killed.

Possibly Duke had married Bob Brown's sister?

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According to this TNF posting by "Continental Circus"
http://forums.autosp...w...t&p=3784886
Geoff Duke's brother-in-law was Keith Cambell.

The first Australian to win the World Motorcycling Championship, in 1957 in the 350 cm3 class on a Moto Guzzi.
Keith Campbell was killed on 13 July 1958 an accident that happened at Cadours circuit, near Toulouse, France, riding a Norton 500.

What is the truth?
:confused:



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#2 GD66

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 15:17

Keith Campbell was married to Geraldine, Geoff Duke's wife's sister.

Edited by GD66, 24 July 2010 - 15:20.


#3 Continental Circus

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 17:53

Keith Campbell was married to Geraldine, Geoff Duke's wife's sister.

Hi there again,
Yes Keith Cambell, the 350 Australian World Champion won the 1957 WC for Guzzi, he was a long time on the Continental Circus as a privateer and was a just reward.
Yes he was Geoff Dukes brother-in-law.
Another great Australian privateer who eventually won works recognition was Bob Brown, who rode for Gilera and Honda. Bob could be seen with Bernadette Sommerville in the paddocks and they later married before Bob was sadly killed in Germany.
Both these Aussies were my heros and epitimised what the Continental Circus was all about. Fantastic times!
Roy

#4 HEMEYLA

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 19:29

Bernadette & Bob Brown, TT Assen 1959.

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Edited by HEMEYLA, 24 July 2010 - 19:43.


#5 fil2.8

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 19:59

What great , pics :up: , thanks , who are the others ?? any idea ?? # 1 looks a tad like Jim Redman :confused:

#6 HEMEYLA

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 20:16

# 1 is Bob Anderson, # 3 Dickie Dale, 350cc class. First picture # 25 is Jim Redman 500cc class.

Thousands TT-Assen pictures with discription ............. click.

TT Assen 1957, John Surtees - Keith Campbell - Libero Liberati - Dickie Dale.

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#7 larryd

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 23:21

[quote name='Nanni Dietrich' date='Jul 24 2010, 14:06' post='4494326']
Geoff Duke's brother-in-law was an Australian motorcycle rider.

According to the book "I Giorni del Coraggio - Storia dei Motomondiali 1949-1969" by Ezio Pirazzini, Edizioni Calderini, Bologna 1975, he was Bob Brown.

Ezio Pirazzini is/was NOT EVER a reliable source of information

#8 billbomann

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 14:36

Spent the morning having coffee with Geraldine, widow of Keith Campbell and former wife of Bob Coleman. She has happy memories of the Continental Circus days, she now lives in Ramsey.


#9 GD66

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 15:09

Excellent ! You can pass on to her next time you meet that her nephew Keith (son of George Campbell) is still flying, he recently cleaned up at the Southern Classic at Broadford, Victoria, riding five bikes in all sorts of classic classes.
And oddly, Bob Coleman lives about 50 yards from my sister in Tauranga, New Zealand... :p