Another British comic that passed me by in
my childhood as I was a fan of American Marvel comics Fantastic
Four, Thor Spiderman etc
[1930 Speedway Stars]
Card 1 British Roger Frogley
Roger was a big guy. Over 6ft and
weighing in at 14 stone he must have been great to watch wrestling
on the low strung Douglas machines he owned. Smaller riders
than Roger could control a Douglas much easier.
Card 2 Australia Frank Arthur
Frank Arthur shown aboard his machine of
preference a Harley Peashooter. Too heavy to be a horse jockey
Frank took to riding on wheels and accomplished much in speedway.
Card 3 British Frank Varey
The card says Frank was called the "Death
Devil" in Argentina! I don't know about that! He rode a red
Scott machine and often wore red clothing he was known as the Red
Devil. After turning in his riding gear Frank became a
successful British promoter.
Card 4 British Jack Parker
Card 5 British Frank Charles
Frank rode both Scott and Douglas machines.
Both 500cc machines but the Scott was a two stroke. It would
have been great to hear as two stroke engines were noisier than the
Douglas and usually two strokes were smaller capacity than the
racing 500 Scott.
Card 6 British Jim Kempster
Smiling Jim rode an HRD (They made Vincents).
He seems to have sidestepped Douglas machines in favour of the foot
Card 7 Australian/Scottish Billy Galloway
Scottish fans called him "Oor Billy"
Card 8 British George Milton
Georges card like many others from 1930 ish
refers to "Crack" riders. It's not a term we use now.
Card 9 British Bronco Dixon
Card 10 Australian Max Grosskreutz
Card 11 British H Taft
Card 12 British Oliver Langton
Oliver was the lesser known of the Langton
brothers. An all-round biker he and brother Eric also raced a
speedboat as if motorcycle racing wasn't dangerous enough!.