The accompanying photo and information were given to me by a friend, and I thought it might interest your readers.
The rider is Dave Anderson, my friend’s late uncle, who was born around 1918/19 so was probably about 18 when the photo was taken. Standing next to him is his mentor and future brother-in-law Benny King, who was a grass track racer.
Dave also started racing on the grass, but moved to speedway and rode for West Ham (where the photo was taken) and Belle Vue among others.
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Around 1947 he moved to Stoke-on-Trent and rode for ‘The Potters’, my friend believes as captain.
Neither Dave nor Benny is still with us, of course, but Dave’s eldest son says: “Take nothing away from my dad – he was good – but Benny was the bee’s knees.”
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