I first saw speedway when Ipswich re-opened at Foxhall Heath in 1969. With teenage ambitions to be a speedway rider I rode grasstrack during the 1970’s on 250cc and 350cc Ducati’s, and also made my first race jackets (see ‘Early Race Jackets: Grasstrack’ in the Gallery). It was some years before I finally rode a speedway bike – June 2004 to be precise at Olle Nygren’s Training School. After buying a restored 1970’s 2-valve Jawa I rode with the Amateur Broadsiders Club and Southern Track Riders before being invited to ride vintage speedway with the ‘Blast From The Past’ troupe on a 1950’s Rotrax JAP.
By this time I was making replica race jackets for myself and getting an increasing number of requests to make race jackets for collectors and fellow riders. Particular highlights have included making a special presentation race jacket for and meeting with Ivan Mauger; making a number of junior race jackets for 2017 World Champion Jason Doyle to present to his family and friends at the 2017 Cardiff GP; making a set of original design race jackets for the final laps of speedway bikes at Wimbledon Stadium; creating replica jackets associated with 1970s greats Peter Collins, John Louis and Malcolm Simmons; creating an original presentation race jacket to mark Blast From The Past’s invitation to ride at Zielona Gora in Poland; and making a set of replica race jackets for the Ivan Mauger display at the National Speedway Museum.
Having now stopped riding vintage speedway, and retired after nearly 43 years in the IT industry, making race jackets is now my passion. If you’d like me to help rekindle your memories of a favourite team, rider or stand-out meeting please get in touch – it will be a pleasure to help.