Dream Team : Alan Higgs
I saw my first speedway meeting in 1975 at Oxford and instantly became a
speedway addict. I followed the Rebels and the Cheetahs home and away
before moving north in 1988. Had short spells helping 'Johno' in his
Belle Vue, Ipswich and Wolves days and we are now great friends.
Speedway a great sport for meeting great friends.
Picture by Ian Adam
A genius on a speedway bike, Hans made it look
effortless. Great to see him team riding or pulling extraordinary
victory wheelies. The true master.
What can I say that hasn't already been said or written about this superb
speedway rider? Another legendary character who I had the pleasure of
befriending and seeing racing on numerous occassions. How this man
didn't win a world title is beyond me!!!
I remember watching George in my early speedway days.
A great team rider who had the knack of slowing a race down to bring his
partner to the front, a great team man and in his day a great number 1
I remember Martin
winning the 'Super National' at Oxford when he beat Joe Owen in a run
off. Fast starting, Martin only had one year at Oxford but what an
incredible year it turned out to be reaching the British
Another speedway legend. I
was fortunate to be on the Wembley terraces in 1981 to see Bruce win the
World Championship. A great nights racing including probably the best
race I've ever seen between Penhall & Ole Olsen, quite
Screeny, pure class on a
motorcycle. Nothing better than to watch Joe make a sweeping pass around
the outside with his leg trailing style. Another rider who didn't
achieve as much as he could of!!!!!
Last but not least, my great friend, 'Johno'. a
proper character, always willing to chat to the fans even after a bad
night!! Johno could beat anyone on his day, a great team man and a good
professional. Supporters don't always see what work goes on behind the
scenes and Johno was meticulous in his preparation. He would be a great
mentor to some of todays yougsters. Good luck in your retirement
This article was first published on 5th May 2011
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