I copied the following text from a post I put on here a few years ago - and so was delighted this week to see GD66's picture of Read on the bike!
I have always been intrigued by a relatively unknown chap who bought a pair of bikes fromTom Kirby's stable - a 7R and G50 (pre-metisse models) around about 1969 time. He was an Austrian by the name of Christian Godetz, a garage owner I believe, who was living in Pontypridd (South Wales) at the time. He rode them once himself at a club meeting at Llandow, then disappeared from the radar. The same year (1969?) Phil Read borrowed the G50 from him to compete in a "clash of the titans" type single-cylinder race at Oulton Park against Mike Hailwood and John Cooper, who I think were both Seeley mounted. Out of interest I have Googled his name, but drew a blank. I wonder to this day, what became of those illustrious machines?
Now when we were waiting to board the ferry for the Classic TT last month, Phil Read was in the van just immediately in front of us and we struck up conversation. I asked him about this very race - and more to the point, about the bike. His rather curt reply threw me somewhat - "don't remember that, why would I want to borrow a bike? I've ridden so many bikes over the years!"
Christian Godetz lived in Pontypridd, his Garage/paint shop was in a little village called Penrhifer.
I worked for Chris for a couple of years and remember the Oulton park incident,
He had 2 lovely bikes the G50 and 7R, the 7R was the very first bike I raced at Llandow and
had a 10th place with it
Phil did borrow Chris's bike for the race, as Chris spent many an hour on the phone to him as he was then living
in Guernsey at the time.
We went to Oulton with the bike and Phil had 4 or 5 bikes to try out and he selected Chris's bike
for the race.
The race was stopped for some reason I can't remember why, when it was restarted Phil did not
want to put more fuel to keep the weight down as much as possible.
The race was going well as the lead changed many times but Phil ran out of fuel Ithink 2 laps from
the end, it was a good job I was in pit lane when Phil cruised in as he got off the bike he let it go
so I managed to stop it hitting the deck and he stormed off (He's not the most pleasant of guys)
as I asked him when he visited Aberdare Park some years ago did he recall riding Chris's bike and
he said he did not remember, i did remind him about the incident and he just shrugged his shoulders.
Chris sold the G50 to some lad from North wales but without the shaflietner gearbox and the fontana
brake which was sold on, I'm not sure where the 7R went though but I remember Tony Jeffries riding
it at Cadwell.
Chris changed his ways not sure what he was doing but he moved down south not sure if it was Portsmouth
or Plymouth doing something with boats and he past away some years ago.
I do have a photo of me tinkering on the G50 but not sure how to put it on.