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 foot flat on the floor and pushing off with it when the tapes rose, as can be seen in the photo below with Les on grid one and the late Barry Shapley on 3

The funeral is on January 3rd at St Martin In The Fields, Green Lane, Coventry at 11.15am.

33/18 News extends its condolences to Les’s family and friends at this difficult time