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Jimmy "Quick Shift" Keegan was a youth in Nevada that enjoyed racing anyone who would accept his challenge in 1957.


In 1957, on leaving the Atomic Cafe, Jimmy Keegan, his girlfriend Suzie, and his friends Tommy Shiner and Lindy came across a military convoy on the road.[1]

Goaded on by his companions, Jimmy raced the lead staff car driven by a "Sgt. Franklin" in his '32 Ford Roadster before simply driving on, firm in the belief that his opponent could not match the speed of his vehicle when the convoy had to make the turnoff to a distant military base. The teens went on their merry way, never suspecting that the "American" soldiers were actually Russians soldiers.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Jimmy Keegan was played by an uncredited Adam Kirley in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.[2]

While appearing in the film's novelization and its junior novel,[1][3] Jimmy Keegan and his friends are absent from the comic book adaptation where the race between the Soviets and the American teenagers is omitted.[4]

In LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, Jimmy Keegan and his friends are also left out. Instead, their role during the desert opening sequence is fulfilled by an unnamed ice-cream man, who feeds the Soviet soldiers.[5]


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