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1962 Norton Works Daytona 88 racer

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Uploaded on Jul 21, 2011

Video is dedicated to the memory of Heinz and Karen Kegler.




This 1962 Norton racer is one of three built by Doug Hele and the Norton racing department for the Daytona race that spring. Specially built to meet American Motorcycle Association racing rules, it had to use a production frame and engine castings and kick-start mechanism. Engine had larger than production rod journals, bucket cam followers with longer pushrods and needle bearing camshaft and timing gears, right and left handed Amal G.P carburetors. Transmission was close ratio with "Daytona" first gear, the smallest first gear a kickstart would work with. Special alloy tanks and Manx wheels, swingarm and forks.
Bike was tuned and maintained by Heinz Kegler for 46 years. Heinz worked at the Norton experimental Department as a test rider/mechanic from 1959-1962, then moved to the USA and was the racing and technical head there from 1963-on at Berliner Motors, the New Jersey based Norton distributor. When new racing bikes were had for the 1964 season, Heinz personally adopted this 1962 bike as his own. Heinz refined the bike through the 1960s, adding Carrillo steel connecting rods, Mahle pistons, Oldani front brake and a Shaftleitner six-speed gear cluster. These 1962 bikes won the 1963 Canadian National Grand Prix outright with Jim Varnes riding. Before that they won races at Laconia New Hampshire. Through the 1960's Heinz and rider George Rockett won individual FIM road races and 500cc points championships. Heinz was proud that he and George ran the bike in the World Championship 67' Canadian Grand Prix, qualifying and finishing 6th behind Hailwood, Agostini and Mike Duff etc.. Bike was raced into the early 1970's with Chuck Dearborn doing the riding for Heinz. In the 1980's Heinz took it to a few vintage racing events.

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