c.1997 Seeley 500cc G50 Mk2 Replica Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. to be advised
Engine no. to be advised
Many-times British sidecar champion Colin Seeley bought Associated Motor Cycles' racing department when the company went into receivership in 1966. The previous year he had constructed the first Seeley racing frame to house a Matchless G50 engine, and the AMC purchase enabled him to produce complete Seeley G50 and AJS 7R-engined machines. With their improved frames, the ageing four-stroke singles enjoyed renewed competitiveness, Dave Croxford winning the British 500 Championship on a Seeley G50 in 1968 and '69. Another prominent Seeley exponent was John Blanchard, who was offered rides on the works' 350cc and 500cc Seeleys, proving a consistent winner and podium finisher at both national and international level for the next few years. Production of Seeley frames was later licensed to Roger Titchmarsh and there have been countless unauthorised copies made over the years.
This Seeley replica was built by first owner Keith Dixon using a Ray Stevenson frame. On one occasion Dixon loaned the machine to Frank Rutter, whose own mount had broken down, to use in the Manx Grand Prix, though it is not known which year this was. In September 1999 the Seeley was sold to the current vendor by its then owner, Roy Walker (receipt on file). Soon after acquisition, the engine was rebuilt by renowned specialist Fred Walmsley. Since then the machine has been paraded at a number of prominent venues and events including the Mallory Park Post-TT, Motorcycle World at Beaulieu, Isle of Man TT Lap of Honour, Southern 100 and the Beezumph Rally at Cadwell Park. Riders have included Grand Prix stars Frank Perris and Tommy Robb.
The machine's specification includes a Nikasil-plated cylinder, twin-plug ignition (new cylinder head in 1998), Summerfield six-speed gearbox and a Bob Newby belt primary drive and clutch, while the fork legs, yokes and front/rear wheels are original Seeley. The machine is offered with the aforementioned purchase receipt, various gearing/set-up notes, assorted correspondence and usage log. A full mechanical inspection, careful re-commissioning and the customary safety are advised before returning it to the racetrack.
- There is no engine or frame number on the machine.