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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:05 am 
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Tributes are flowing for Kiwi speedway champion Ivan Mauger, who has passed away.
Mauger had won six world championships.
He was born in New Zealand in 1939 and rode for several British teams, including Wimbledon Dons, Newcastle Diamonds, Belle Vue Aces, Exeter Falcons, and the Hull Vikings.


Legend. Watched him race many times, and when I was in Poland a few years ago, he was one of the Kiwis everyone knew, along with his speedway contemporaries.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:09 am 
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Incredible racer !

Unbeatable at his peak .

Lovely guy to boot .

RIP you f**king legend .


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:11 am 
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Bugger bugger bugger

Watched him at the speedway in ChCh week after week when I was at high school -- a mate was seriously into speedway.

He was so graceful.

RIP


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:14 am 
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A legend. Rest easy.

As far as I know, he was related to the Rugby playing Mauger's.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:15 am 
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Not that iot's a competition, but Barry Briggs is still going strong.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:21 am 
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Ted. wrote:
Not that iot's a competition, but Barry Briggs is still going strong.


Ronnie Moore, Barry Briggs and Ivan Mauger. Kiwi speedway legends. 12 world championships between them.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:29 am 
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obelixtim wrote:
Ted. wrote:
Not that iot's a competition, but Barry Briggs is still going strong.


Ronnie Moore, Barry Briggs and Ivan Mauger. Kiwi speedway legends. 12 world championships between them.


Yep. As soon as I mentioned thought of Briggs then looked him up to make sure he was still alive, I spotted Moore, Mitch Shirra, et al.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:33 am 
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RIP Ivan.

Motorcycling genius/god.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:59 am 
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Met him and had a good chat when my son rode in his first world final ( Globus mode), nice guy, very humble. RIP


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Met him and had a good chat when my son rode in his first world final ( Globus mode), nice guy, very humble. RIP



Damn. Now THAT's how you namedrop. Well done on breeding a world class sportsman btw.

I've heard Michael Jordan described as the Ivan Mauger of basketball... seems fair. Good to know Ivan was a good bloke, it's a sad loss.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:58 am 
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Yes, RIP Ivan. Good bloke and great rider. I used to watch him quite frequently in the late sixties and early seventies at Owlerton where I was a regular and at Belle View. My uncle had some sort of tie in with Arnold Haley, Sheffield Tigers' top rider, and took me along to pretty much every home fixture plus some away. God, that seems light years ago.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:28 pm 
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Used to watch a lot of speedway with my Dad in the seventies at either Perry Bar or Cradley Heath. Just called him and told him about Mauger and he told me we saw him several times over the years.

Haven’t been to speedway in years but can still remember the distinctive (two stroke?) smell.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:41 pm 
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My mum grew up in West London in the 50s and said that the boys she knew were more interested in speedway then than football. Even in the 70s, the world final sold out Wembley Stadium. Long gone from London.


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RIP.

I met him at the Ipswich Witches speedway track a longish time ago. Very nice man.


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My mum grew up in West London in the 50s and said that the boys she knew were more interested in speedway then than football. Even in the 70s, the world final sold out Wembley Stadium. Long gone from London.


think for a while it was the UK's favourite attended sport after football & cricket - doubt its even top ten now


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:52 pm 
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Mores the pity. It will be on BT sports this year. ( my boy is riding in the first televised match)


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These guys were superstars in the Scandinavian countries. No one would know who the All Blacks are, but they would all know the speedway guys.

In Poland, as soon as I mentioned I was from NZ, they instantly talked about Mauger and his mates.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:27 pm 
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Ramming Speed wrote:
My mum grew up in West London in the 50s and said that the boys she knew were more interested in speedway then than football. Even in the 70s, the world final sold out Wembley Stadium. Long gone from London.


think for a while it was the UK's favourite attended sport after football & cricket - doubt its even top ten now


Strange how sports can dip like that. American football was huge in the 80's when it was predicted to move past football. Then it dipped to a point it was laughable and now so popular again there's always games in London.


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Scrummie wrote:
Used to watch a lot of speedway with my Dad in the seventies at either Perry Bar or Cradley Heath. Just called him and told him about Mauger and he told me we saw him several times over the years.

Haven’t been to speedway in years but can still remember the distinctive (two stroke?) smell.



They rode 4 stroke singles running, if memory serves, on ethanol. It would have been the fuel you were hoofing into. :)

Mauger was one of our heroes as kids. We all used to fang around on our pushbikes wanting to be him, in between running around being Colin Meads and BG Williams.

RIP Ivan.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:49 pm 
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One of those people I thought had died a while back. :blush:


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The best gater of all time.

Won absolutely shitloads due to being that good off the start.


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Frodder wrote:
backrow wrote:
Ramming Speed wrote:
My mum grew up in West London in the 50s and said that the boys she knew were more interested in speedway then than football. Even in the 70s, the world final sold out Wembley Stadium. Long gone from London.


think for a while it was the UK's favourite attended sport after football & cricket - doubt its even top ten now


Strange how sports can dip like that. American football was huge in the 80's when it was predicted to move past football. Then it dipped to a point it was laughable and now so popular again there's always games in London.


Speedway shared stadiums with stock car racing and greyhounds. I think TV and generally more comfortable homes meant people stayed in more, off course betting shops undermined the habit of going to the track, and weakness in individual areas meant the facilities were neglected and they all went into a downward spiral. Easy pickings for property developers from the 60s onwards. Brent Cross was built on the site of a dog track...


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Ramming Speed wrote:
My mum grew up in West London in the 50s and said that the boys she knew were more interested in speedway then than football. Even in the 70s, the world final sold out Wembley Stadium. Long gone from London.


Afaik Ivan Mauger arrived from NZ as a nipper to join Ronnie Moore and Barry Briggs, 2 other World Class NZers at Wimbledon Dons raceway. There were a fair few London tracks back in the day. Some of the tracks seemed to double as greyhound racing stadiums.


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They rode 4 stroke singles running, if memory serves, on ethanol. It would have been the fuel you were hoofing into. :)

The distinctive smell is that of burning Castor Oil (Castrol R). They used it for lubrication and threw a bit into the fuel as well.


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Ramming Speed wrote:
My mum grew up in West London in the 50s and said that the boys she knew were more interested in speedway then than football. Even in the 70s, the world final sold out Wembley Stadium. Long gone from London.


Afaik Ivan Mauger arrived from NZ as a nipper to join Ronnie Moore and Barry Briggs, 2 other World Class NZers at Wimbledon Dons raceway. There were a fair few London tracks back in the day. Some of the tracks seemed to double as greyhound racing stadiums.


Wembley and Stamford Bridge had dogs and speedway as well.


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Scrummie wrote:
Used to watch a lot of speedway with my Dad in the seventies at either Perry Bar or Cradley Heath. Just called him and told him about Mauger and he told me we saw him several times over the years.

Haven’t been to speedway in years but can still remember the distinctive (two stroke?) smell.



They rode 4 stroke singles running, if memory serves, on ethanol. It would have been the fuel you were hoofing into. :)

Mauger was one of our heroes as kids. We all used to fang around on our pushbikes wanting to be him, in between running around being Colin Meads and BG Williams.

RIP Ivan.


:nod:

I was obsessed with the Jawa bikes he rode...

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Haven't been to Speedway for a couple seasons. They still run at the Rosebank track in Avondale frequently in season - Just past the causeway on the Northwestern.

The bikes haven't changed much have they.. They still look practically exactly the same, and still lay the bikes over pre-start to get all the oil into the opposite side of the engine before they go fanging around the track.

It's a good sport, and reasonably economical to get into and be competitive as far as motorsports go. I considered it myself a while back before the realisation more broken bones would be unhelpful when self employed. :lol:

I think the last big event I went to was at Meremere with a 1/2 mile? track. They really wind up there, a frightening pace with such large sweeping turns.


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Waka Nathan wrote:
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They rode 4 stroke singles running, if memory serves, on ethanol. It would have been the fuel you were hoofing into. :)

The distinctive smell is that of burning Castor Oil (Castrol R). They used it for lubrication and threw a bit into the fuel as well.

I know what you mean because I used to go to the local (Ipswich, Qld) speedway / trotting track a bit when I was a young fella.

I was thoroughly aware who Ivan Mauger was of course - who wasn't? - but never saw him race live, alas. On t' telly only.


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I always associate Ivan Maugers name with World of Sport and it's coverage of speedway!


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