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Senior Service
(J A Pattreiouex)

 
[A 1930 series of 54 Cigarette Cards]
 
The Pattreiouex Tobacco Company advertises their Trawler Critic Club Member cigarettes on these cards.
 
My thanks to David Pipes for supplying his set of cards from 1930.  Senior Service used an artist for their 1929 set but for 1930 they used photographs of the riders.  The photographs have fogged out all the backgrounds which although it scores for artistic merit it has lost us unique historical record of what was going on in the pits etc.
 

 
 
Card 1 British
Jack Barber
 
 
 
The bike picture shows the Douglas had a gear lever mounted on the fuel tank.  Speedway bikes in later years did not have gear boxes.  I understand Douglas riders selected 2nd gear and never changed gear at all in a race.  They must have been slower in starting a race than the Rudge but appear to have had more power around the bends
 

 
 
Card 2 British
Broncho Dixon
 
 
 

 
 
Card 3 British
George Greenwood
 
 
 

 
 
Card 4 British
Frank Charles
 
 
 

 
 
Card 5 British
Ham Burrill
 
 
 
 

 
 
Card 6 British
W E Platts
 
 
 

 
 
Card 7 British
Squib Burton
 
 
 

 
 
Card 8 British
Syd Jackson
 
 
 

 
 
Card 9 Australian
Syd Parsons
 
 
 

 
 
Card 10 British
Eric K Langton
 
 
 

 
 
Card 11 Australian
Jack Chapman
 
 
 

 
 
Card 12 British
Arthur Sherlock
 
 
 

 
 
Card 13 British
Joe P Abbott
 
 
 

 
 
Card 14 British
G B Crawshaw
 
 
 

 
 
Card 15 British
George Wigfield
 
 
 

 
 
Card 16 British
Arthur Atkinson
 
 
 

 
 
Card 17
 "Put Your Feet Up"!
 
 
 

 
 
Card 18
"Can You Do This"!
 
 
 

 
 
Card 19
"Laying Her Over"!
 
 
 

 
 
Card 20
"Down But Not Out"!
 
 
 

 
 
Card 21
"How Did That Happen"
 
 
 

 
 
Card 22 British
Jack Barnet
 
 

 
 
Card 23 Irish
Fay Taylour
 
 

 
 
Card 24 British
"Buster" Frogley
 
 
 
At 15 stone Buster would be too heavy in the modern sport.  I presume that as he was successful in 1930 that his Douglas had plenty low down torque to get him moving with the lighter riders
 

 
 
Card 25 British
Eva Askwith
 
 

 
 
Card 26 British
Roger Frogley
 
 
 

 
 
Card 27  British
Colin Watson
 
 
 

 
 
Card 28 British
Eric Spencer
 
 

 
Card 29 Australian
Billy Galloway
 
 
 

 
 
Card 30 Australian
Frank Arthur
 
 
 

 
 
Card 31 Australian
Cyclone Billy Lamont
 
 
 
Round The Fence Lamont would have been my kind of rider.  The card says he is usually mounted on an AJS.  AJS's were used in the mid 1920s in Australia but surely by 1930 the AJ had been pushed out by Douglas and Rudge machines in the UK.
 

 
 
Card 32 Australian
Vic Huxley
 
 
 

 
 
Card 33 Australian
Max Grosskreutz
 
 
 

 
 
Card 34 American
Lloyd "Sprouts" Elder
 
 
 

 
 
Card 35 British
Ivor Creek
 
 
 

 
 
Card 36 British
Billy Dallison
 
 
 

 
 
Card 37 British
Jim Kempster
 
 
 

 
 
Card 38 British
Skid Skinner
 
 
 
John Skinner says: My namesake Skid Skinner, although no-one has ever called me "Skid" ! I pushed a pen in the civil service whilst Skid also rode Wall of Death!
 

 
 
Card 39 British
Del Forster
 
 
 

 
 
Card 40 British
Tommy Hatch
 
 
 
Tommy was a devotee of Scott motorcycles.  You can see from his photocard the top half of his bike.  Scotts were water cooled two-strokes and a race between four of them would have been deafening
 

 
 
Card 41 Australian
Charlie Spinks
 
 
 

 
 
Card 42 New Zealander
"Stewie" St George
 
 

 
 
Card 43 British
Alec Jackson
 
 

 
 
Card 44
Jack Parker (British)
Ron Johnson
Australian)
 
 
 

 
 
Card 45 British
"Ginger" Lees
 
 
Here we see Ginger modeling the best race wear available in 1930.  His Leathers looked stylish but wouldn't have protected him much in a crash and the pudding basin helmet wouldn't protect the face or back of the head.  This was before the age of plastics his helmet was made of cork.
 

 
 
Card 46 British
Arthur Franklin
 
 
 

 
 
Card 47 British
Eric & Oliver Langton
 
 
 
Argentina has been involved in speedway since the beginning and we still see the odd Argentinian rider in the UK today
 

 
 
Card 48 British
A W Jervis
 
 
 

 
 
Card 49 British
Dusty Haigh
 
 
 

 
 
Card 50 Australian
Dicky Wise
 
 

 
 
Card 51 British
Frank Varey
 
 
Another devotee of the water cooled two-stroke Scott.  Frank was a Scott "Works" rider before the term was coined.  The Scott was red and Frank rode in Argentina in a red jersey.  The Argentinian fans called him "el diablo rojo" the Red Devil
 

 
 
Card 52 British
Clem Beckett
 
 
Clem joined a fairly large group of UK nationals that in the later part of the 1930s volunteered their services to fight in the Spanish Civil War.  He was killed in action as if speedway wasn't dangerous enough for him.
 

 
 
Card 53 British
Walter Hackney Hull
 
 
The write up on Walter's card praised him but as often is the case a rider fails to achieve what he should have done.
 

 
 
Card 54 British
Chun Moore
 
 

 
An excellent set of 54 cards from 1930.  Some famous names and some not famous.  My thanks to David Pipes for sending me these scans.  I think cigarette cards like these are an excellent source of information from their era and I am really pleased that so many card owners have sent me their card sets for display on the website
 

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