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A successful Australian rider who came over to England in 1928, Jack Bishop is one of the most daring riders now competing on our tracks, and his dashing displays are very popular with all the Speedway fans. He has been especially successful when competing in the Handicap events and sometimes when starting from scratch has run through the field and won by a big margin. He has also a number of lap records to his credit both in England and Australia.
An Australian rider who came over to England in 1928 and is now a popular rider at Wimbledon, White City, Harringay and other International Speedways tracks. Although he has only been here a short time, he has shown that he understands how to handle his machine on our smaller tracks, and his successes in the handicaps and other events go to prove that he is a rider of great merit.
Clem Cort, who is one of the youngest of English riders, has recently come very much to the front. Unlike many other riders he is not at all superstitious, for he usually rides in green. Although he has only been riding a few months, he has won both the White City and the Wimbledon Handicap races, while at the White City track, he won the “News of the World” Belt. Clem Cort was among the group of English riders chosen to go to Cairo to ride there during the winter of 1928-
Paddy, an Australian champion, first started riding about three years ago. He performed on most of the better-
Buzz Hibberd came over to England from Australia in 1928 as a mechanic and has since shown that he is a rider of great ability by defeating Frank Pearce and Dicky Smythe in match races. Hibberd comes from Sydney and is an electrician by trade. He is one of the tallest riders at present competing on our tracks, being about six feet in height. He recently won the Golden Gauntlet at the Glasgow track and has been successful in a number of handicap events.
“Wizard Frank Arthur” was born in Lismore, New South Wales. He started racing at an early age, but had no great success until 1927, when he surprised everyone by winning the Golden Helmet in Australia when competing against some of the best-
Few other riders have had more experience of different kinds of track riding than Cecil Brown. Born at Manistique, Mich., U.S.A., He started racing at 17, and for three years was undefeated on the big tracks there. He went to Australia in 1925, and met with great success on the Manbubra hard track, winning the Golden Helmet seven times. He secured the three-
Tommy Croombs is one of the few English riders to ride a Pea-
Sprouts Elder, the great American champion, started racing in the U.S.A., And rapidly attained prominence on the big tracks, scoring many trophies and records. He has also raced successfully in Australia, where he holds many records. He came to England in 1928 with some of the Australians, and is now one of the best-
Roger Frogley, the idol of the Crystal Palace Speedways, is one of the finest English riders at present competing. He first came into prominence in 1928 when riding at the Stamford Bridge track, where his wonderful riding enabled him to win many of the big handicaps and trophy races. He has also ridden successfully at the West Ham Speedway, where he recently defeated in a match race Charlie Spinks, the Australian rider. He has already won the ‘News of the World’ Belt at the Crystal Palace track.
Probably the greatest exponent of broadsiding, “Broadside Vic Huxley” was born in Brisbane on September 23rd, 1906 and began racing in 1926. He scored the one mile standing start record for the Davies Park Speedway, and the World’s flying start one mile record for a one-
Known as “The Baby”, this wonderful little rider from Australia was among a number of Australians who came over to England this year. His daring and apparently reckless way of driving into the bends makes him very popular at all the meetings. Since coming over here he has added a number of trophies to his credit, including the much-
Although he only started riding a few months ago, “Smiling Jim Kempster” is regarded as one of the greatest of English riders. He is Captain of the Wimbledon Speedways club and trainer of many coming riders. Among his most notable successes are the winning of a Match Race with Sprouts Elder, the great American star, and the winning of the Gold Helmet scratch race when opposed to the two Australian champions, Frank Arthur and Vic Huxley. After the latter race he was carried shoulder high round the field.
One of the pioneers of English Dirt-
Probably the greatest of all the Dirt-
When Alf Medcalf had only been riding a few weeks he quickly worked his way up into the finals of the trophy races, and it was the worst of bad luck when he crashed and was put out of action for some weeks. Since his re-
This fine Australian rider, present holder (Nov. 1928) of a world’s record for a 2¾ machine, and three times the winner of the muck-
Art Pechar, the American crack, was born in Tarry Town, New York, 28 years ago and started racing in 1918. In 1926 he entered for 27 races and won 23 of them. In 1927, just before leaving for Europe, he held the three and ten mile National Dirt-
An English rider who only started racing a short time ago, Reg Pointer is among the most prominent Englishmen now riding for International Speedways. He has a very fine style and is a very popular rider with the Wimbledon and White City crowds, where his successes in the Handicap events meet with the greatest enthusiasm. He has recently forsaken his Ariel for a new Rudge Special.
A familiar figure on most of our English tracks, Mart Sieffert competed at the first Speedway meeting ever held in England, at King’s Oak. During 1928 he competed successfully in a number of the most important races, including that for the Silver Sash and the Silver Wheel, and at the West Ham Speedway he won the All-
This wonderful little rider, who is a great favourite at the White City and Wimbledon tracks, is popularly known as “Flying Dicky Smythe” because of his spectacular way of broadsiding. He came over to England from Australia in 1928 with a fine record to his credit, and has since lived up to it, winning among other trophies both the Golden Helmet and the Silver Helmet. He recently broke the lap record for the Birmingham track and is also the present holder of the 4 lap records for the Harringay and Manchester Speedways.
An English rider who has come very much to the front lately, Eric Spencer is the owner of a very fast Douglas machine. His cool and clever style of riding has made him a popular figure at all International Speedways meetings. He has many of the most valuable trophies to his credit including the Golden Helmet, Silver Helmet and Golden Gauntlet. He has also competed successfully in a number of match races and handicaps.
Owing to his spectacular and apparently reckless way of broadsiding, Charlie Spinks, the young Australian rider, is extremely popular at most of the big tracks. In July last he broke the lap record for the Harringay track, his time being 19.7 seconds. Among other trophies he has also won the Silver wheel and the Silver wings. He is a great favourite with the public and with his fellow-
One of the most prominent Australians now competing in England, Ben Unwin is a most popular rider at all International Speedways meetings. A feature of his riding is the extreme angle he gets to his machine when taking the bends, which gives one the impression that he is lying on it. Among his popular successes in this country was that of winning the Silver Wings at the Harringay track, Aug, 1928. He rides a Pea-
Colin Watson rode at the first Dirt track meeting in this country at the King’s Oak Speedway. An English rider of great prominence, he holds several records for this track. Though he has not a very spectacular style he is one of the safest and fastest of our English riders. He is now riding for the International Speedways Ltd., And is very popular at the White City and Wimbledon tracks, where he is a successful competitor in the handicaps. He has recently bought a 2¾ Peashooter Harley from the famous Australian rider “Wizard Frank Arthur.”