OBITUARY: Brian Makepeace

33/18 News was saddened to learn that Brian Makepeace passed away in the Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester on Christmas Day at the age of 80 following a series of illnesses. Brian was a top quality team manager and administrator during his time in cycle speedway and was the subject of a large feature in the “50 Years of Cycle Speedway” […]

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OBITUARY: Les McIlwane

33/18 News was saddened to learn that former Brandon Bees Cycle Speedway rider Les McIlwaine has passed away. Les rode for the Bees during the 1960’s along with the likes of John Harrhy, John Smith, Bob Colley, John O’Leary, Bronco Lane, Keith Smith, and Barry Shapley. Les was a real character whose trademark style of gating involved just having his […]

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OBITUARY: David Farrow

David Farrow, a former Trimley regular who rode for the Tigers in the 1980’s, passed away on Wednesday 5th December after a short fight with cancer. His funeral will be held at Seven Hills Crematorium, 18th December at 3.45pm and afterwards at Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach. Dress code: black with a splash of colour. All welcome 33/18 news […]

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OBITUARY: RIP Brian Barnett

We received the sad news on Sunday evening that Brian Barnett, a former rider, avid Cycle Speedway fan and photographer, was announced as the cyclist killed in an early morning accident in South East London last week. East London CSC’s Kevin Smith has paid tribute to Brian, talking to 33/18 News: “Brain had raced for East London for several seasons, […]

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OBITUARY: Les Grimes

Former long standing servant of the Cycle Speedway scene in Coventry, Les Grimes (pictured wearing number 3), sadly passed away last Sunday evening. Father of current British champion Myke, Les had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for many years. He was 69 years of age. He came from a golden era of the sport in the Godiva city in the sixties […]

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OBITUARY: RIP Frank Knight

Frank Knight, Life President of the Sheffield Stars Club sadly passed away last weekend. Frank had been involved with cycle speedway since 1978, when his son (Jeb) joined the Stradbroke Arrows. He was soon the team’s manager,  and took on most roles (including the most difficult of all, a referee). When the Sheffield teams merged in 1985, to form one […]

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OBITUARY: Roger Farrell

The sport of Cycle Speedway will be saddened and shocked to learn of the untimely death of my wife’s brother-in-law, Roger Farrell (pictured right), after a short but brave and painful battle with cancer. In the boom years of the 70s, 80s and early 90s , riders came and riders went, but Roger was one of the leading lights in […]

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OBITUARY: Horspath to pay tribute to Peter “Chalky” White

Horspath Hammers will pay tribute to one of Oxfordshire’s iconic Cycle Speedway personalities, Peter “Chalky” White, before this Sunday’s Elite League match against Poole Comets. “Chalky” started at the old Littlemore Falcons in the Southern League in the 60s, before switch to Horspath after their demise in 1965, for the first of two lengthy spells at The Village. In between […]

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OBITUARY: John Whiting

Friend and Bury colleague, John Burston, has written to us with an obituary for the late, great John Whiting. John Whiting died on Friday evening after being ill for some months, and finally succumbing to the effects of pancreatic cancer in hospital, with his family at his bedside. John had ridden for around 45 years and during that time he […]

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