Speedway Veterans

 
The Veteran Speedway Riders Association (VSRA) is active within the Speedway Museum and on invitation some of them will put demonstration races on at any current speedway track.  Our senior riders are still doing their bit to promote the sport.  I hope to receive items to display on this page of their activities and of any VSRA reunions, so if you have any photos please consider emailing them to me for inclusion in this section.
 

 
Jimmy Gooch     Original Newcastle Diamonds Race Jacket Red n White
 
Terry Stone - Veteran Champion
 
Terry Stone is an ex Rayleigh rider whom has been everywhere and done everything.  His riding days are well over now but Terry, the owner of some vintage bikes is still turning out on his beloved 1929 Douglas machines.
 
This is Terry Stone in 2012.
 
Terry Says: Here I am with my two trophies. I am National Vintage Grass Track Champion 2012. Also Leg Trailing Champion....3 years in a row. Please note my picture had to be taken by the Scottish Saltire!!
John says: Congratulations Terry, There is nothing wrong with the Saltire.  I was born just 60 miles from the Scottish border, but like you I am a Sassenach and proud of it!
 

 
VSRA - NZ Annual get together
at Palmerston North New Zealand
 
It took place 29 September 2012. The Following Pictures are courtesy of Bob Andrews, sent to me via Reg Fearman
 
New Zealand's Wimbledon Riders
 
 
Ex Wimbledon Ronnie Moore, Tommy Sweetman, Roy Trigg and Bob Andrews
 
The Big Three Plus Bob
 
 
The headline is one of Reg's.  I would have said the Big Four! Ok Bob?  Ronnie Moore, Ivan Mauger, Barry Briggs and Bob Andrews.  I broached the delicate subject of ages (todays date is 10/10/2012) with Ivan who said: -Ronnie is the eldest he is 80 and Barry is 77. I am only 72.  Ivan didn't supply Bobs age so its anyone's guess, answers on a postcard!
Bob has been in touch he says:
Hi young John. (John says: Ok I admit it I am now 60!) Bob says: The ages of the “old” boys.. Ronnie is 79. He will be 80 March 2013. Barry will be 78 on 30th Dec. 2012. Ivan 72.Oct 2012. (Me) Bob 77, Oct.2012
Bob also advises: Roy Trigg 69 Ian Hoskins 88 The “lad” in-between Ivan and his wife Raye is Les Sergent son of Harold Sergent ex. Rider and motor tuner in N.Z.
Bob now says: I think Ivan turned 73 on the 4th Oct 2012 He lies about his age now!!
 
Bob in The Bruce (Abo) Abernathy Corner
 
 
Bob Andrews with the Bruce Abernathy memorabilia.
 
Barry and Ronnie
 
 
Barry Briggs and Ronnie Moore
 
Picture courtesy of Bob Andrews
 
Bob Andrews says: Ronnie Moore in a car he once raced in N.Z. along with Barry Briggs and Geoff Mardon. Pictured here with Terry Rush the owner of the car.
 
Ivan Mauger with Lynda Andrews
 
 
Ian Hoskins with Roy Trigg
 
 
Dr. Livingstone I presume ? No It's Ian Hoskins and Roy Trigg. Roy Trigg is 69 and Ian Hoskins is 88.  I remembered that I had some pics of Ian at my track Brough Park Newcastle so I have dug one out and reproduced it below.
 
 
John says: I found this picture of Ian Hoskins taken at Newcastle's Brough Park in the 1960s.  Ian was introducing his Edinburgh side, doing "lets get ready to rumble" style, rider introductions long before the boxing guy.  I remember him introducing Reider Eide in particular.  Shear poetry!  Thanks for the memories Ian.
 
Ivan and Raye Mauger
 
 
The “lad” in between Ivan and his wife Raye is Les Sergent son of Harold Sergent ex. Rider and motor tuner in N.Z.
 
Tommy Sweetman and Bob Andrews
 
 
The end of the New Zealand section of this webpage
 

 
WVSRA Eastern Region lunch
at Norwich in 2011
 
 
Norman Jacobs says: Hi John, I was just looking through the Veterans page on your Defunct Speedway website and thought you might like to put the attached up. It was taken at last year's WSRA Eastern Region lunch at Norwich. The only problem is I am not sure who all the riders are. I can recognise Terry Betts, Len Read, Trevor Hedge, Colin Pratt, Bert Harkins, Gavin Hedge, Dingle Brown, Pete Seaton and Terry Stone. Still no doubt, the names of the rest can be filled in...
John says: If you can name the guys in the photo please send me an email John
Bert Harkins says Hello John, Sorry I can't name all in the photo, but here goes with the ones I know Back Row;- Colin Pratt, ?, Richard Green, Pete Seaton, Dingle Brown, Pete Saunders, Clive Hitch, ?, Barry Crowson, Ray Bales, ?, ?, Richard Greer, Jimmy Ogisu (Japan), Clive Hitch.Front Row;- ?, ?, Terry Stone, Terry Betts, ?, Len read, Trevor Hedge, 'An Exiled Scotsman', Junior Grasstrack Champion and ?  Hope that helps a bit.
Tony Webb says: from left to right back row: colin pratt ? mark loram, pete saunders, dingle brown, ? peter seaton ? alan littlechild ? ? ? richard greer, rod laudrum tich read jimmie ogisu clive featherby. front row: ? ? terry stone terry betts ? len read trevor hedge bert harkins ? ?
Jim Henry says: "Ginger" Abigail 3 in from right at back
 

 
Terry Stone and Friends
 
 
Terry Stone says: Hello John,  Long time no send!! Here are 3 pics from Wimbledon/Tenerife get together. As you can see we did not enjoy ourselves!!!!  Oh how we partied....what fun.  All the best for the new season (2012) BUT watch out for the Edinburgh Monarchs.  Keep the wheels turning and the plugs sparking.
Terry
The two clowns. Terry and Jimmy The Laird Tannock. The Mad Hatters Speedway Riders in Tenerife. Terry and his new girlfriend.
 

 
Ernst Bogh
 
 
Ernst Bogh says: I was invited to a old boys race day on Korskro Speedway and I asked my daughter Sabrina if she would like to come along and have a match race with me, ( I didnīt think she would, she hasnīt sat on a bike since she stopped in 2001 ) but to my surprise she said yes, on one condition, she wanted to drive with my old bike rack on the back of her old Ford A car, year 1931, so we build it on the Ford and she drove my Weslake 1978 to the track and we have a couple of laps together, not that often you see father and daughter team riding on 500 ccm, she didnīt push me to hard, as she said : I donīt want to have to tell mum that I fenced you. :-)
I include a couple of pictures from the raceday, I also tool my GM off road bike for a spin on the dirt.
 
Best regards from Ernst in Denmark
 

 

Jimmy Tannock's 80th Birthday

 

My friend Terry Stone spent some time (2011) in Scotland and has sent us these photo's.

 
 

One of Scotland's greatest, Jimmy Tannock's 80th Birthday

 
 
Jimmy with the Glasgow Tiger
 

Jimmy with Rent a Mob

 
 

Terry Andy Ronnie and Jimmy

 
 

Douglas. Geoffrey Gush Jimmy Ronnie and Jean.

 
 

 
James Everard (Jimmy) Gooch
Born: 16th November 1928, Dagenham, Essex, England. Died 18th June 2011
 
 

Jimmy Gooch

 
Steve Magro says: Jimmy Gooch, 83, died peacefully Saturday, 18th June 2011. During his long career Jimmy rode speedway for Wembley, Oxford and Hackney, eventually retiring in 1970.  Jimmy was a  member of the World Speedway Riders Association and will be sadly missed. 
James Everard (Jimmy) Gooch  Born: November 16, 1928, Dagenham, Essex, England.
 
Jimmy Gooch began his long career on the Army tracks in post-war Germany, winning the 1949 Combined Services Trophy and a contact with the famous Wembley `Lions'. The Empire Stadium club were the dominant force in British speedway and Jimmy managed to win a reserve spot during the 1950 season in a side which included such stars as Tommy Price and Freddie Williams.  
 
Jimmy was renowned for his wholehearted efforts and was a popular figure at the north London venue, but struggled to lift himself into the main body of the team for five years.
 
Then in 1955, tiring of the struggle of Division One speedway, he went out on loan to Swindon in the Second Division then moved to Bradford the following year in an attempt to step up to the next level.
 
The year of 1964, suddenly brought Jimmy to the forefront of speedway. Riding for Oxford at age 35, he should have been in the twilight of his career but the move brought him more of an Indian summer as he added over two points to his average to record a figure in excess of 8 points per match (out of 12) for the first time as the `Cheetahs' won the National League title.
 
In 1965 Gooch earned an average of just under 10 points per match, as well as a World Final appearance and a place in the Great Britain World Team Cup Final side at Kempten, Germany. Jimmy's World Final appearance at Wembley proved to be the peak of his career and he found it hard to retain that form as he approached 40. Nevertheless, Jimmy remained a force to be reckoned with in later spells at Newport and Hackney until 1970 and proved a shining example to other riders as to what could be achieved with hard work and perseverance.
 
1950-55 Wembley; 1955 Swindon; 1956 Wembley; 1956 Bradford; 1957-58. 1959 Retired;
1960-61 New Cross. 1962-63 Norwich; 1964-66 Oxford; 1967-68 Newport; 1969-70 Hackney Wick.
 
Individual Honours: 1965 World Finalist (14th).
International Honours: 1965 Great Britain World Team Cup finalist; England international: 10 caps/35 points, Great Britain: 3 caps/16 points.
Team Honours: National League Division One Championship winner 1950,51,52 & 53.
National League Championship winner 1964; National Trophy winner 1954, 1963 & 64.
 
Rest in Peace Jimmy
 

 

Red & White Newcastle Diamond

 
 

John Taylor (Belle Vue) and Terry Stone (Newcastle). Picture by Sue Towner of friends of speedway

 
 
Tag Allison on a Jap I think, although the engine looks like a lay down?  I will ask Terry Stone about the bike.  By the way, Newcastle Diamonds were red and white prior to 1961.  Great to see the old colours.
Terry says: The rider is Tag Allison wearing the old Newcastle body colour.  The bike….A Rotary Norton Engine in a speedway frame. This bike is the only one of it's kind, in existence..another one is on the drawing board at present.
 
 
Terry Stone again in the "Diamond" both riders are on Douglas machines.  Not sure who the "New Cross" rider is.
 

 

Veterans at Poole in 1979

 

Courtesy of Reg Fearman

 

 
Danny Dunton and Cyril Crane
 
 

Danny and Cyril can anyone say what year? John

 

 

Harringay Reunion 2004

 
 

Harringay Reunion 2004 Ron How, Alf Hagon, Split Waterman, Danny Dunton

 

 

Terry Stone's 2010 Christmas Greeting

 
 
The man in black aka Terry Stone fills in for Santa Claus after the man in red was excluded for causing the stoppage!
 

 
 
Terry's 1929 Douglas  machines getting on for 90 years old!  That's the bikes not Terry who is secretly much older!
 

 

Terry Stone With His Award

 
 

Terry with the George Greenwood trophy for leg trailing on the grass tracks

 

 
The Man in Black (Terry Stone) in White for this Photo
 
Courtesy of Terry Stone
 
Australia 2009: Bob Young and Terry Stone.  The hat is great just needed a few corks, but not sure about the hand on hip mate!!  Bob poses naturally and is how you say "the man in black"
 

 
More Vets
 

Courtesy of Terry Stone

 

Terry Says: Bob Young. Terry Stone .Bruce Croxton. Jim Taylor.  Bob at Rayleigh . Bruce and Jim at Southampton in the 1950s

 

 
Veterans on a Douglas and a Rudge
 

Courtesy of Clive Herbert

 

Terry Stone on the Douggie and Jim Gregory on the Rudge at Peterbrough 2007

 

 
1999 Archie Windmill and Jim Gregory
 

Courtesy of Clive Herbert

 

1999 Archie Windmill and Jim Gregory on a Rudge

 

 

2009 President Terry Stone Ignoring the Sign!

 
 

I have asked Terry to supply info about this bike, watch this space:

 
 

Hey Shorty!

Terry says: The picture of me the Gnome on the big bike this picture was taken at The National Motorcycle Museum .  Nabiac .  New South Wales . Australia.
 

 

Erik Gundersen at VSRA, Leicester Dinner

 
 

Erik with VSRA President Pete Saunders

 

 
Erik With Terry Stone
 
 

 

WSRA Trophy

 
 
 
Thought you would like these pics of myself WSRA President, (Terry Stone) presenting the Trophy to Bomber Harris. This is the WRSA Trophy for the winner of the British Final won last May (2009) at Poole.
Thank you Terry, I understand the photos were taken by your 8 yr old grandson Daniel Stone
 

 
Rudge Dirt Track Bike
 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 
167 Rudge Dirt Track ridden by Brian Cooper at Sherfield English, SCGTRA. (Photo: Unknown).  The Rudge briefly dominated speedway around 1930/31. The bike ousted the Douglas before the coming of the speedway JAP (1931)which ended the reign of both  Douglas and the Rudge.
 

 

Douglas Dirt Track

 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 

277, Douglas Dirt Track ridden by Jonathon "Burt" Clarke, photographed on 31st July, 2005 at Schwarme, Germany part of the "Coffin Splutterers" Demonstration Ride / Exhibition. (Photo: Brian Winch)

 
Jonathon "Burt" Clarke on his Douglas
 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 
277 Douglas Dirt Track ridden by Jonathon "Burt" Clarke, photographed at SCGTRA, Winchester demonstrating how to leg trail on a DT Douglas. (Photo: Unknown)
 

 
Name The Rider!
 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 
Old Timer! (Gentlemen Unknown!)  Douglas Dirt Track at the BMF Rally at Peterborough, year unknown.
 

 

Peter Clarke

 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 
177, Rudge Dirt Track ridden by Peter Clarke, photographed on 31st July, 2005 at Schwarme, Germany part of the "Coffin Splutterers" Demonstration Ride / Exhibition. (Photo: Brian Winch)
 
Photo's courtesy of Brian Winch
177: Peter Clarke  303: John Taylor
 

Terry Stone

 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 
111, Rudge Dirt Track ridden by Terry Stone, photographed on 31st July, 2005 at Schwarme, Germany part of the "Coffin Splutterers" Demonstration Ride / Exhibition.
(Photo: Brian Winch)
 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 
111 is Terry Stone: 31 is Chris Sindole on a 500 2V Jawa. He is wearing the Osnabruck Race bib given to all the English riders who raced there... hence half Union Jack and half Gernan Flag (Mine will also have the famous LCS badge on it!)
 
Terry Stone and Lew Coffin
 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 
Terry Stone and Lew Coffin relaxing in the Bar after a memorable day out on 31st July, 2005 at Schwarme, Germany "Coffin Splutterers" Demonstration Ride / Exhibition. (Photo: Brian Winch)
 
John Taylor
 

Courtesy of Brian Winch

 
303, Douglas Dirt Track ridden by John Taylor, photographed on 31st July, 2005 at Schwarme, Germany part of the "Coffin Splutterers" Demonstration Ride / Exhibition. (Photo: Brian Winch)
 

 
WSRA Re-union 2009
 
 
The President and his first lady. The Rolling Stones! Jean and Terry Stone, Terry is president of the WSRA 2009.  A real honour Terry, enjoy your year you deserve it.  I asked Terry why the chain of office has changed. Terry says: THE CHAIN HAS CHANGED BECAUSE THE OLD ONE IS FULL. THERE ARE THREE NAMES ON THIS THE NEW ONE .IVAN....BERT HARKINS AND MYSELF. I AM ABOVE IVAN MAUGER!!! THE OLD CHAIN HANGS IN THE SPEEDWAY MUSEUM.
 

Jimmy McMillan, Dougie Templeton
and Jimmy Tannock

 

Courtesy of Terry Stone

 
Joe Hicks
 

Courtesy of Terry Stone

 

Terry Stone says: Joe Hicks New Zealand in back of my van.

 

 
New Zealand Veterans 2008 Re-union
 
 
I can name 5.  Pete Gay, Giffy, David Bargh, Ronnie Moore and Ivan Mauger.  I am looking forward to hearing who the rest are so send me an email John
Dave Gifford says: Hi John, I will try to put names to the faces!!! Back row standing. Ron Lancaster, Auckland,   Dave Whittaker, Plymouth? Joe Hicks, Glasgow. Bruce Ovenden, Glasgow. Brian Clements, Southampton.
Couch level, Tommy Sweetman, Wolves, Ronnie Moore, Dons. Keith Lancaster, Auckland. Bob Andrews, Dons etc David Bargh, Diamonds, Roy Trigg with bottle, Hawks. Sprouts (Ivan Mauger) Diamonds.
Ground level,    Kevin Hayden, Cardiff. Pete Gay, Coventry, Dave Gifford Diamonds
 

 

Napier New Zealand January 2009

 
Courtesy Bob Andrews via Reg Fearman
 

Napier New Zealand: Jan 2009 Ronnie Moore with Bob Andrews wife Lynda

 
Napier New Zealand: Jan 2009
 
Courtesy Bob Andrews via Reg Fearman
 

Napier New Zealand: Jan 2009 Ronnie Moore addressing the crowd

 
Ronnie Moore with Bob Andrews wife Lynda
 
Courtesy Bob Andrews via Reg Fearman
 

Napier New Zealand: Jan 2009 Ronnie Moore with Bob Andrews wife Lynda

 
Bob Andrews, Ronnie Moore & David Bargh
 
Courtesy Bob Andrews via Reg Fearman
 
Napier New Zealand: Jan 2009 Bob Andrews, Ronnie Moore & David Bargh
 
Ronnie Moore, Bob Andrews, & Fred (Rick) Timmo
 
Courtesy Bob Andrews via Reg Fearman
 

Napier New Zealand: Jan 2009 Ronnie Moore, Bob Andrews, & Fred (Rick) Timmo

 
 Fred (Rick) Timmo
 
Courtesy Bob Andrews via Reg Fearman
 

Napier New Zealand: Jan 2009  Fred (Rick) Timmo

 

 

Gold Coast Classic 2006

 
 

Bill Bryden & Mitch Shirra

 
The Maestro asking for Nick Morris's autograph
 
 

The Maestro asking for Nick Morris's autograph or was it the other way around?  No doubt, to young Nick, Ivan is just another old guy at the track?

 
Ivan suited and booted in 2006
 
 
Ivan suited and booted in 2006.  Seems like yesterday when he was sitting in the Brough Park pits way back in 1963.  43 years ago
 

 

Bloaters v Badgers

 
 
Alan Hodkinson (Jawa) is in the Brafield Badgers race jacket. I don't know who is in Y/B or the race jacket, perhaps Alan can tell us? John
When asked about his ragged start and grim look on his face Alan said: I knocked the throttle back and she dropped, I fell across the tank, when I opened the throttle to recover, she lifted again then dropped again, Its the only time I got to the turn first, I don't think anyone else would come near me, as you say the face says it all.
Alan has been in touch he says: - The rider in Y/B is Alan Larwood (JAP) and he's wearing a Yarmouth Bloaters jacket. You can't see it but it has a silver fish (Bloater) in the middle of it.
More from Alan:
The JAP could be a real handful, it was like riding a three legged camel, The power and sound with that 2" open pipe is awesome, when you opened the throttle nothing much seemed to happen, then all of a sudden the power came in and your head would jerk backwards, if you closed the throttle too fast, because of the high compression engine the bike would almost stop and your head would now jerk forward, it was like whiplash.....that's a bit exaggerated, but you know what I mean, the 2 valve Jawa was smoother than the JAP, well, that's how I found it
The modern day lay down is a lot smoother still, I haven't ridden them much, as team manager, after a win I would borrow one of the lads bikes and go round with them on the victory parade, then I used to try and have a lap burning round before I went back to the pits.
Just to put you in the picture, I've been a Mechanic to Bob Humphreys, Start Marshall at several tracks, Team Manager, (Oxford, Skegness) and Co Promoter at Skegness, But, I was never a contracted rider, I rebuilt an old JAP and progressed riding from there, unfortunately at Skeggy more money was needed and there were riders to pay, so had to sell the JAP as it was worth more than the Jawa, I still have the Jawa I'm pleased to say.....before all that I was in the theatre business, touring the old Variety Theatre's.
 

 
Veterans Race
 
 

Here we have a Douglas and Rudges blasting off at Rye House.  Kenny Smith has been in touch, he says the riders in this photo are: - 
Kenny Smith (Rudge JAP Nelson Jacket)  Jonathon Clarke (Douglas Wimbledon) John Taylor (Rudge BelleVue) Tom Richardson (Rudge New Cross) Peter Clarke (Rudge Southamton)   Terry Stone has also been in touch to say he was in the race too but is out of shot to Kenny's right.  Good stuff Terry sneaking up so no one could see you, great tactics.  

 

 
A JAP Jigsaw Puzzle
 
 

A jigsaw puzzle JAP found by Terry Stone and after a lot of work the bike was whole again.  Terry felt that as Ivan Mauger had a gold bike he should have one too

 
 

All together now. Anything you can do I can do better!

 

 
Terry Stone and his Douglas
 
 
Terry Stone in action at Ipswich on his 1929 Douglas.  Terry is wearing his Rayleigh Rockets jacket. How come Rye House wear a similar race jacket now?
Answer: Hi John, I've just spent a couple of hours enjoying your excellent speedway website. On your Veterans page under a photo of Terry Stone racing while wearing a Rayleigh race jacket you ask why Rye House use the same design. The answer's simple - when Rayleigh closed just before the start of the 1974 season Len Silver transferred the team en bloc to Rye House.
Hope this helps.
Regards,
Rob McCaffery
 

 
Peter Collins on a Douglas
 
 
Peter Collins having a blast on a Douglas at Peterborough. Now come on mate you are supposed to be dressed in black
 

 
Ginger and Kenny
 
 

A committee meeting at Peterborough 2 VSRA members and a fan.  Ginger Abigail and Kenny Smith are the ones who almost look human.  Kenny is a butcher and Ginger is a Haulage contractor. The girl in the middle is now Mrs Abigail..

 

 
 Jim Gregory
 
 

Man in Black Jim Gregory on his Rudge going fast enough to throw his scarf out at the back. Jim started at Rayleigh 1948 and is still at it aged 81 in 2008.  Good stuff Jim.

 

 

3 pictures of Terry Stone no 111

 
 

Terry Stone 111 in Germany leading an unknown Englishmen.  So who was it with the Union Flag on his chest?

 
 

Terry Stone aged 68 in 2006 Germany

 
 

Terry Leg trailing on his Douglas

 

 
 
 

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