Defunct Speedway Tracks

 

 
 
The Wizard Book For Boys
 
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 forward Rudge
 

 
 
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!.
 

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