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The John Chaplin
Photographic Collection
John Chaplin is a much respected speedway historian, author and collector.  He has decided to share some of his Photograph collection with us on this page.  Thank you very much John
High Beech  Female Riders  Harley Davidson Peashooters  Sprouts Elder  Wal Phillips  Tiger Stevenson 
USA Pre War  Lionel Van Praag  Tarmac Starting Area  Bluey Wilkinson  Oliver Hart  The White Ghost  Vic Huxley  Goffe & Lloyd

1928 High Beech

High Beech pits.  Photographed from the hotel This picture shows High Beech on the first day, February 19th 1928

High Beech 1928 This picture shows High Beech on the first day, February 19th 1928


High Beech 1928

High Beech 1928 This picture shows Billy Galloway taking a tumble, again on the first day
High Beech 1928 The fifth picture shows turn four at High Beech but I have no idea who the rider is
Johnnie Hoskins (left) and Jack Hill-Bailey at High Beech in 1929

Female Riders

Fay Taylour (left) and Eva Asquwith at Wembley in 1929 both mounted on Douglas DT machines


Harley Davidson "Peashooters"

Roger Frogley on his Harley Davidson Peashooter


1928 Golden Helmet Winner Frank Arthur aboard a Harley Peashooter


Jack Bishop at White City aboard what appears to be a Harley Davidson Peashooter


Sprouts Elder
USA's Sprouts Elder is shown in action at Crystal Palace The bike looks like a Douglas DT with a disabled brake drum on the front

Vic Huxley
Billy Lamont
& Cecil Brown

Vic Huxley, Billy Lamont and Cecil Brown

The bike of the late twenties early thirties era The Douglas DT


Wal Phillips

A great photo of Wal Phillips riding a mighty JAP


Phil Bishop &
Roger Frogley
Phil Bishop and Roger Frogley are in action at Lea Bridge


Ray Tauser


Tiger Stevenson

Tiger Stevenson. moulded to his bike



Dick Case


1938 Australia Test Team
Australia Test Team 1938 at Wembley The 1938 Australian Test team at Wembley is: Lionel Van Praag in front, from left, Bill Rogers, Eric Collins, Clem Mitchell, Bluey Wilkinson, Ron Johnson, Max Grosskreutz, Charlie Spinks

Frank Arthur


USA's Pre-War Best


1937 World Final Wilbur Lamoreaux Jack and Cordy Milne

The Milnes are in action at New Cross. Cordy and Jack

Jack and Cordy



Syd Edmunds In Action At
High Beech


Vic Huxley &
Frank Arthur
Vic Huxley and Frank Arthur shake hands before the Overseas Final of the Star Championship 1929

Billy Lamont &
Vic Huxley
Billy Lamont and Vic Huxley are in action at Wimbledon

Jack Parker &
Frank Arthur
Jack Parker and Frank Arthur before the start of the fifth and final Test at Wembley in 1932

Charlie Spinks, Arthur Atkinson & 
Lionel Van Praag
Charlie Spinks, Arthur Atkinson and Lionel Van Praag are in action at the first Test of 1938 at Belle Vue


1936 Test Action
England v Australia



1937 Overseas Team The Bike Is A JAP



Lionel Van Praag


Lionel aboard a 1930's JAP

Lionel in action in the two images shown above


Jack Parker &
Bill Kitchen


1947 Test
England v Australia

England Australia Test 1947 Aub Lawson, Vic Duggan and Jack Parker



1947 Jack Parker
British Champion



Alec Statham,
Jack Young
Belle Vue
Test Match



Vic Duggan &
Bill Longley
At Harringay



1948 Vic Duggan
HRH Prince Phillip



Jack Young & An Out Of Shape
Norman Parker



Wembley v Wimbledon



Jack Parker & Tommy Price




England v Australia
Alan Hunt &
Ken Le Breton



Vic Huxley &
Jack Parker



Malcolm Craven



Tommy Price
At Norwich



Geoff Pymar &
Vic Duggan



Vic Duggan &
Bill Kitchen


Tarmac Starting Area 


Jack Parker &
Vic Duggan



Bluey Wilkinson

Three excellent shots of Bluey Wilkinson. The most striking thing in the above images is how big the wheels were then.  I understand that the change to smaller diameter wheels came in in the late 1950s

Unknown Riders?

Tom Farndon, Bluey Wilkinson.  Can you name the others? John

Bob Bath says: Hi John next to Bluey I reckon is Van Praag then ? then Dick Case then ?-best I can do but the guy between Van Praag and Case sure looks familiar-bet Reg Fearman would know!!!! Cheers.Bob
John says: Thanks Bob, I will email Reg in due course.
Gavin Davis says: Tiger Stevenson and Tommy Croombs.


Norman Parker, Lionel Van Praag & Jack Parker



Billy Lamont,
Frank Arthur
& Vic Huxley



Max Johnno & Alec Wilks



1945 Pile Up At
Bradford Odsal

One of these riders is Wal Morton!


Vic Duggan Harringay


Vic Duggan Harringay. I don't know who the lady was but why was she wearing a dead fox on her shoulder!



Jack Young
West Ham &
Split Waterman Harringay


King Of The
Oliver Hart

Great Photo showing contrasting styles.  Oliver Hart the leg trailer and Bill Kitchen foot forward



Benny King, Malcolm Craven
& Tommy Price


George Newton
New Cross
I am not old enough to have seen George ride but every photo I have seen of him is spectacular as is the one shown above


Aub Lawson



Tommy Price &
Alan Hunt England


Pre-War England Test Team


Ray Duggan & Lionel Van Praag



1939 Test Match Action


The White Ghost
Aussie test star Ken Le Breton wearing the kangaroo over his usually immaculate whites his "top" here appears to be a ribbed woolen jersey?  Not much protection but it looked good!

Lionel van Praag, Eddie Rigg and Ken LeBreton.  Ken looks to be about to take away the Englishman's leg?

Eddie and Ken were involved in a crash during an Australia v England test match at Sydney Showground in 1951 where Ken succumbed to his injuries and sadly died.  I know they were battling for 3rd place when they crashed.  I have no idea if the above photo was taken during that fateful 1951 test match but it does look likely.


Andy Menzies
& Louis Lawson



Alec, Aub & Lionel

Only Christian names received for these 3.  I would say they are Alec Statham, Aub Lawson and Lionel van Praag


World Championship
Top Three

Don't know the 3 riders (looks like Eric Langton 3rd from left) but is that Shrek at far right?  Ok I didn't mean to be offensive, I assume it was the camera angle and flash!


1950 World Final Line Up

Don't have the full line up but I can see Danny Dunton, Split Waterman, one of the Williams brothers, Ronnie Moore and Jack Parker.  If you can confirm and name the others please send me an email John


Eric French &
Ron Johnston



Tommy Price



1935 Vic Huxley

This photo is way up amongst my all time favourite speedway photos


Tom Farndon



1936 The First World Final Heat

A very important moment in time.  Heat 1 1936 at Wembley.  The first recognised World Final and Aussie Lionel van Praag came out on top of the meeting and was crowned speedways first official world champion. 

1936 World Champ
Lionel Van Praag
Presented With The Trophy
by Sir Malcolm Campbell

Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the world land speed record on nine occasions between 1924 and 1935 but no, not on a speedway bike, they were too dangerous for him! 

1938 World Champion
Bluey Wilkinson 
Arthur George "Bluey" Wilkinson (born 27 August 1911) was Speedway World Champion in 1938 after narrowly missing out on winning the inaugural World Championship in 1936. 


Ronnie Moore,
Jack Young
& Fred Williams


1947 Vic Duggan



1947 England Team


Jack Parker


Graham Warren


Tommy Price
Leads Canadian
Eric Chitty 


Goffe & Lloyd 

A great action picture and evidence of the need for modern day dirt deflectors!


Wilbur Lamoreaux

Born 26 February 1907 in Roseville, Illinois, USA - (died 11 May 1963) 


Jeff Lloyd Inside Oliver Hart

Oliver's trademark his trailing left leg 


Alan Hunt Birmingham


John Skinner says: My thanks to John Chaplin for deciding to choose my website to display some of his excellent photographs.  Proof if you needed it that the "black n white" era was very special! Much appreciated John.

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