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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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In case anyone here hasnt heard. Ed Key retired from racing.

After 42 yrs of racing, he announced it at the banquet sat night. Sad to see such a great guy go.

We'll miss ya out there Ed.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 09:47 AM
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Here is a pic I have saved on my PC for a while. Its Ed back 30 years ago. #34


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I like this one the best.

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Itís funny to think about the diverse riding style of these three Ė Key was what Iíd call old school road racing style. He didnít lean off the bike much in the turns, but man did he lean his motorcycle. Kling had the contemporary style where he leaned off the machine a bit and with his long legs, effortlessly used his knees as an outrigger in the turns. Knapp was a flat tracker, who had that style where he largely sat up through the turns and pushed the bike down, similar in style today to Larry Pegram. Three different styles that all resulted in amazing lap times around the technical and picturesque Grattan.

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I've never heard of the Nattarg track either. Pretty neat.
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Cool dude, did it a lot longer than most and retired on his own terms, no better way to do it.

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Yeah he is a great guy. I raced against him from 2000-2006 and then on and off from 06 til not to long ago.
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Feel lucky to have pitted next to him his last race at bhf. Seriously nice guy, and still fast as fuck on a 650

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kept him young all these years. Anyone ever remember seeing him crash? Ever?

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kept him young all these years. Anyone ever remember seeing him crash? Ever?
Yes I have.
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I would sure like to see Ed create a blog about all the modifications he has done to bikes over the years.... or see him wrench for AMA .... or help out in the pits at the CCS races.

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He should become tech inspector for AMA.

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^^ I just did some very much needed maintenance to one of his motors.

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I talked to Barb at the BHF Round... She said he was home working in the garden....
I dont see him anywhere close to Motorcycles for the next few years... He didn't wanted to retire, his health was the problem.
Maybe in 2 or 3 years he might come back to be some kind of function....
Since I pitted next to him the last year or so, he came by a few times and talked about stuff. He is a great guy...

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