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[Popular Speedway Riders]
 
David Pipes has supplied this card set.  David says: Hi John, This is a set of 52 cards from the Kiddy's Favourites Co of  128 Hope Street Glasgow.
Davids collection is 1 card short of a full set.  Card no. 23 Johnny Biggs. is missing.  Please send me an email if you have the missing card John
John Levitt says:  Good Afternoon Mr Skinner,  I recently managed after years of searching to obtain card No 23 Johnny Biggs of Kiddy's Favourites "Popular Speedway Riders". I have attached scans of both the front and back for your information. It is not in top condition as it has rounded corners etc.  and it not centred but at least I can put a reasonable looking card with the rest of the other 51 cards. Although I have now a complete set I still need 1 card to complete the Black Text fronted cards and 4 for the Green Text Fronted cards.
John Skinner says: Thank you John (Levitt) for the scan of card 23
 

 
 
Card 1 British
Eddie Rigg
 
 
I believe Eddie was in the race in Australia in 1951 that claimed the life of Ken le Breton.  Eddie was in no way responsible for Ken's crash

 
 
Card 2 Canadian
Bill Matthews
 
 

 
 
Card 3 British
Frankie Lawrence
 
 

 
 
Card 4 British
Bill aka Willie Gilbert
 
 

 
 
Card 5 British
Howdy Byford
 
 
Howdy like Frankie Lawrence (also in this set), was a prisoner of war.  Happily both guys survived their ordeals and later got to do something (speedway) that they loved.
 

 
 
Card 6 Australian
Johnny Arnfield
 
 

 
 
Card 7 British
Les Lawson
 
 

 
 
Card 8 British
Cyril Brine
 
 

 
 
Card 9 British
Sam "Split" Waterman
 
 

 
 
Card 10 British
Joe Bowkis
 
 

 
 
Card 11 British
Ray Moore
 
 

 
 
Card 12  British
Jackie Freeman
 
 

 
 
Card 13 British
Alex Gray
 
 

 
 
Card 14 Scottish
Bill Baird
 
 

 
 
Card 15 British
Peter Lansdale
 
 

 
 
Card 16 Australian
Ken Le Breton
 
 

 
 
Card 17 British
Dent Oliver
 
 

 
 
Card 18 British
Charlie May
 
 

 
 
Card 19 British
Johnny Myson
 
 

 
 
Card 20 British
Eddie French
 
 

 
 
Card 21 Australian
Charlie Watson
 
 

 
 
Card 22 British
Richard Howard
 
 

 
 
Card 23 Johnny Biggs Missing
 
Card missing - email please if you have it John and I will add it here
 
John Levitt says: I recently managed after years of searching to obtain card No 23 Johnny Biggs of Kiddy's Favourites "Popular Speedway Riders". I have attached scans of both the front and back for your information. It is not in tip top condition as it has rounded corners etc.  and it not centred but at least I can put a reasonable looking card with the rest of the other 51 cards.
 
John Skinner says: Thank you for completing the Kiddy's Favourites set.  The long time missing card 23 now has an image of your card shown below.  I have photo-shopped the rounded off corners so now the image will look better than the original.  My thanks Mr Levitt
Card 23 Australian Johnny Biggs
 
   
 

 
 
Card 24 British
Bill Wilson
 
 

 
 
Card 25 British
Benny King
 
 

 
 
Card 26 British
Jeff Lloyd
 
 

 
 
Card 27 Canadian
Eric Chitty
 
 
John Levitt says: I believe that card no 26 shows the image of Eric Chitty and card no 27 shows the image of Jeff Lloyd, neither card was corrected as far as I know.
John Skinner says: Yes I agree the sketches of Jeff Lloyd & Eric Chitty have been mixed up.  It's too late to sack the person responsible for the gaff as he is probably deceased now!
 

 
 
Card 28 British
Jack Parker
 
 

 
 
Card 29 British
Norman Parker
 
 

 
 
Card 30 British
Malcolm Craven
 
 

 
 
Card 31British 
Bill Kitchen
 
 
 

 
 
Card 32 British
Alex Statham
 
 

 
 
Card 33British
Tommy Price
 
 
The artwork has captured Tommy's features, namely his ears.  This card is unmistakably Wembley Tommy
 

 
 
Card 34 British
George Wilks
 
 
 

 
 
Card 35 British
Ron Clarke
 
 
 

 
 
Card 36 Australian
Vic Duggan
 
 
 
The card artist has captured Vic's features well. Vic was obviously a high earner as he owned a track in Sydney
 

 
 
Card 37 Australian
Aub Lawson
 
 
 

 
 
Card 38 Australian
Bill Rogers
 
 
 

 
 
Card 39  Australian
Bill Longley
 
 

 
 
Card 40 Australian
Ron Johnson
 
 

 
 
Card 41 Australian
Frank Dolan
 
 

 
 
Card 42 Australian
Ray Duggan
 
 

 
 
Card 43 British
Frank Hodgson
 
 

 
 
Card 44 British
Lloyd Goffe
 
 

 
 
Card 45 British
Oliver Hart
 
 
 
My Uncle Georgie Ince a Newcastle fan says Oliver was his favourite rider.  He was great to watch, a leg trailer.  Uncle George and his friends started a cycle speedway team and called themselves the Newcastle Harts.  A pun on Newcastle "Diamonds" and using Oliver's name, their hero.
 

 
 
Card 46 British
Mike Erskine
 
 

 
 
Card 47 British
Geoff Pymar
 
 

 
 
Card 48 British
Tommy Crooms
 
 
I am not certain that a rider by the name of Tommy Crooms existed?  I wonder if the surname is misspelt and should be Croombs.  I know Tommy Croombs existed!
 

 
 
Card 49 British
Tommy Allott
 
 

 
 
Card 50 British
Les Wotton
 
 
Les was often called "Smiler" Wotton
 

 
 
Card 51 British
Les Price
 
 

 
 
Card 52 British
Joe Abbott
 
 
This card set was provided for us all to see by David Pipes with a little help from John Levitt whom supplied card 23 Johnny Biggs.
 
Miscellaneous
 
John Levitt has supplied a few items which may be of interest, they were interesting to me! 
He says: This is reference to the Kiddy's favourite cards. If you look at the pictures you already have on site, the text on the front showing the riders name is either in Green text or Black text. I have 51 cards with Black text and 48 with Green text. There are other variations with the Kiddy's favourites cards as I have 4 cards with a totally blank back and  1 card with a partially blank back (only the riders details are shown) and 24 cards that were rubber stamped with the word "cancelled" on the back. This rubber stamping came about as part of the prize offer. See scan copies of the different wrappers attached which are from my collection. At the time every Kiddy's set that was issued had at least one card short printed to minimise the number of prizes being issued. In case you did not know the cards were issued stapled together which explains the holes and rust marks that are found on both card and wrapper. I have attached a scan of such a packet.
 
[Card Wrappers Above & Below]
 
[The Kiddy's Packet Front & Back]
 
[Card Inside Booklet -Cyril Brine]
 
John Skinner says:  My thanks to John Levitt for taking the time to scan his Card 23 and the items in this Miscellaneous section.  It is interesting to see how the cards were issued, fascinating!
 

 
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