Ivan has been kind enough to supply some of his personal photographs for inclusion on his web-pages on this site.  My thanks go to Ivan on behalf of his many, many fans, which I am one.  As a Newcastle regular in the 1960's I was privileged to witness your skill day in and day out in league matches etc as well as your world championship successes.  Ivan's consistency over so many years would have brought him many Grand Prix success too.  That I am certain of.  The greatest rider of all time? No doubt, Ivan Mauger.
 
Ivan in the UK aged 17
 

At Eastbourne

At Wimbledon

 
Newcastle Ball
 
 
We were presented with the scroll at the Newcastle Ball. Raye gave up cigarettes when she saw that photo!!
 

 
Ivan and Kym
 
 
 

Hi John.  This must be a hot day when I was helping my son, Kym at a Moto Cross track. Cheers Ivan

 

 
Ivan and Bobby Schwartz:
1985 World Long Track
 
 
This was taken at my last ever World Long Track. Bobby Schwartz was number 10 and I was number 11.  At Eskberg Denmark on 15th September 1985
T says: Hello there! I was having a look at your Ivan Mauger snaps and one of them is labelled incorrectly. Its the one of Ivan and Bobby Schwartz at the '1985' World longtrack Final. Thats wrong. The snap comes from the 1982 World Longtrack Final, 19 September, Korsko, Denmark. Bobby is number 10 and Ivan number 11. In the 1985 Final which was also at Korsko, Bobby was number 3 and Ivan at number 11. I have the programmes and 'Bahnsport Aktuall' snaps and reports to back it up. There is an action snap from that 1982 Final in Ivan's latest book. Number 12 is Hans Nielsen, Ivan 11, Bobby 10 and Chrisroph Betzl is number 8. I hope this of help to you.
John says: Thanks T.  I will inform Ivan
Ivan says:  Hi John. Bobby was number 10 and I was number 11. That was my last ever World Long Track Final at Esberg Denmark .15th September 1985.  It say’s in my book on page 332.They called it Esberg or Korsko  I hope this clears that up? Cheers. Ivan
John says: I am showing below the picture of Ivan and Bobby from Ivans book
 
 

 
The All Blacks Flag
 
 
This is Ivan's House flying the flag for the All Blacks.  He puts it out every time the All Blacks play
 
 
The New Zealand Rugby Team. With Ivan's Gold Bike and World ChampionshipTrophy
 
 
No that isn't Ivan with the goggly eyes and long snout!!  Ivan has told me a few times that he is a NZ rugby supporter
He says: Hi John. This is the New Zealand Rugby team at my farewell to UK standing at the back of my Gold Bike on 3rd November 1985.
 
 

 
The Freedom of Gniesno in Poland
6th October 1985
 
 

 
Six of the Best
 
 
Egon Muller -Ivan- Ronnie-Barry-Gerd Riss- Shawn Moran.
 

 
Ivans ESO Speedway/Longtrack Machine
 
 
Ivan says: This is my Bike that I bought back from the guy I sold it to in June 2006 (I did not want to take it to the UK in 1963 but I should have done that!!)  It took me until the following June to finish it off?  Raye always says that it was my favourite bike. I won the 4 Championships on it.
 

 
Jack Young and Ivan
 
 
Hi again John’ This was when Jack Young presented to me my last win in Adelaide. It was the 150 year Jubilee of South Australia in Adelaide on 1st Feb 1986.  This my all time hero Jack Young?
 

 
Prime Minister
 
 
Honor: A Farewell by the NZ Prime Minster David Lange at Western Springs
 

 
Going Back to The Late 1960s.
Ole Olsen Receiving Tuition from Ivan at Hyde Road
 
 
Ivan Says: This is my Newcastle teammate Ole Olsen when I taught him at Belle Vue Hyde Road. I took him back to our place, he spoke perfect English and he was with Raye and I for 4 days.  I told Mike Parker about Ole and Parker signed him for Newcastle.  The rest is history Ole was to become a future world champion.
 

 
Ivan's 5 English Clubs
 
 
Wimbledon late 1950s
 
 
Ivan says: My second club Newcastle Diamonds.  I still look for Newcastle's results when I get my speedway star
 
 
Ivan says:  I look for BV results after checking out Newcastles
 
 
Ivan the Falcon.  He cannot check out Exeter's results as they are now a defunct speedway and as so are now included in the this websites A-Z of defunct tracks
 
 
Ivan finished his British career riding for Hull who are also defunct and covered in the websites A-Z of defunct tracks
 

 
The Hall of Fame
 
 

Hi John.  I was inducted  into the National Motorcycling Hall of Fame on Saturday 1st September 2007.

John says: I hope being "inducted" didn't hurt mate!
 

 
President of the World Speedway Riders Association
 
 
The World Speedway Riders Association when I was the President.  From L to R.-Gordon Stobbs, my friend and main mechanic.  Guy Allott my tuner for all the World Championships that I won.  Wilfried Drygala my European Manager since 1967 and Norrie Allan
 

 
My Gold Plated Bike
 
The prize for winning three world championships in a row. A gold plated bike, (see next 4 pics from Ivan's collection).  Second to the Winged Wheels, this is Ivan's most cherished possession.  The 17 yr old from New Zealand rode at Wimbledon then impressed first at Newcastle where he scored his first success.  His career took off at Belle Vue with his triple crown, then wins as an Exeter Falcon and Hull Viking  World speedway champion 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1977 and 1979.  Ivan won other championships but is remembered here for his 6 world speedway titles.
 
 
 
 
 
The most beautiful bike in the world? Maybe? In my opinion, Rotrax Japs look great too but this Jawa has history and is gold plated. Is that Ivan's face reflected in the fuel tank? Yes well the bike does belong to the maestro. Thanks for the memories Ivan.
 
 

1968 World Championship success

 
Ivan's first world championship win, 1968 in Gothenburg.  Sweden witnesses the beginning of an era. Ivan Mauger has arrived on the world scene.  The Newcastle Diamond wins the world crown and becomes New Zealand's third great.  Ivan is following in the footsteps of Barry Briggs and Ronnie Moore.  How did this small country New Zealand come to dominate world speedway?  Ivan was in the shadow of his countrymen for a while but by 1970 had taken over as New Zealand's top sportsman ever.
 

 
Ivan's 5th World Championship Win
 
 
Ivan says: the Daily Mirror picture was when the Sunday Mirror presented it to me to keep after my 5th Win.  It took them 7 years to do it as after I won at Wembley they announced that If I can win it 3 times in a row they will give to me to keep. 
You did that Ivan. so it is yours to keep.  No other rider has had that honour, so well done mate. How much does Raye spend each week on polishes to keep your trophies sparkling!
 

 
 

Ivan says: The 79 trophy was at Katowice Poland after the 1979 Final

 
 

Ivan says: me leading in the 1979 world final at Katowice, Poland

 

 
 

Ivan says: This is my world record bike.

 
The world record bike was when I set the World Long track record at Alexander Park in Feb 1986 at Auckland.

That record (144.666) still stands despite all the current crop of LT riders having 10% more HP and leading link front suspension and mono shock rear suspension that keeps both wheels on the track. When I done the record my bike was all over the track.

 

 
Ivan's Hero: Jack Young
 
 
Ivan says: This is Jack Young my all time idol.  I have ridden his bike at Gillman in 2009 and at Broadford Bike Bonanza Easter in Victoria near to Melbourne.  I went to there as A Sports Ambassador for New Zealand .
 
Sports Ambassador for New Zealand
 
 
Ivan says: I am still the Sports Ambassador and I do that all over the World.
 

 
Back Now to 1966: -
Grasstracking at
Buxton on the Derbyshire moors in 1966
 
 
I had the kids with me
 

 

Powderhall Edinburgh on 20th September 1985.

 
 
From L to R-Jeremy Doncaster-Peter Collins-Richard Knight-Kai Niemi-Finn Jensen-John Cook kneeling-Chris Morton-Simon Cross-Barrie Dixon-Erik Gundersen-Brett Saunders-Steve Finch-Ivan Mauger on the bike-Billy Burton-Bobby Beaton-Eddie Ingles-Shawn Moran Kneeling-Scott Lamb-Phil Collins.
 

 

At Belle Vue on Sunday 3rd November 1985

 
 
From L to R-Neil Everts-Erik Gundersen-Peter Collins-Phil Collins-Carl Blackbird-Jan O Pedersen-Andy Smith-Chris Morton-Larry Ross-Kai Niemi-Hans Neilsen-Les Collins-John Cook-Ivan Mauger-Stephen Collins-Neil Collins-Preben Ericksen-Tommy Knudsen-Simon Wigg.  I had all the Collins brother’s riding in that meeting. They have not been before and not since!!
 

 
Back to 1969: -
Ivan's 1969 World Speedway Winning Machines
 
 
 
Is that the shadow of Ivan Mauger?
 
Ivan says: Hi John. These are my 3 Bikes from the Wembley World Final in 1969.  Don Clarke and George Casey told me the would give me the Winged Wheel trophy, if I won it 3 times on the trot. They never ever expected me to win it a third time. That was the best I have ever ridden and I will not do it again. But it was not until I won it for the fifth time that that they gave it to me.
 

 
Ivan's 1971 World Long Track Winning bike
 
 
 
 
Ivan Says:  Hi John. This is my Bike from Oslo in 1971. I won the 1971 world Longtrack title on it. I won the world title again at Muldorf in 1972. I wanted to do it 3 times on the trot as I had done with the Speedway world title.
But when we were in Maranske Lazne up near East Germany at the top of Czecho.  I won my first two races and broke the track record both times. So I had 16 points and was leading at that stage. But in my next two races I seized my LONG STROKE JAWA both times. The Jawa's had a tendency to do that as they had very thick cylinder walls. The JAWA people made a thinner cylinder after that episode.  I had 16 points and the others 17 points or more so I did not get into the final.  I won all my other Long tracks and Grass tracks in 1973.  I restored the bike myself.  Cheers Ivan.
John says: Such a pity that the engine problems robbed you of another triple crown mate!
Lesley of Scott Leathers says: Hello John,  I have just come across your site and enjoyed reading about  Ivan Mauger, I made Ivan's race leathers for many of the years that appear in your photos, all hand cut then. If you have contact with Ivan pass on our regards  Lesley and Jim Aird from TT Leathers. Many thanks. Lesley

 
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