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  1. BOBBATH

    Oldest Surviving World Finalists

    Bit off topic maybe but went to Maurice Jones excellent book "World Speedway Finals A History from 1929" which finishes with the 1978 WF to see the earliest final which still has survivors-no surprise that all of the 1949 Finalist have passed, however there are two survivors of the 1950 Final -Split Waterman and Arthur Payne, two survivors of 1951 Final-Split of course and Dick Bradley latter had one ride as reserve. Amazing to think that these guys are still with almost 70 years after their first World Finals.
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    Oldest Surviving World Finalists

    Just heard from Reg Fearman- you will be glad to know that Ray Cresp is indeed still with us (thanks for mentioning him Steve)-he's 91 but has been ill recently with heart problems-hope he is around for many years to come. A real battler on the track- I recall him for Long Eaton in1965. I think before that he was in the NL with West Ham
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    Oldest Surviving World Finalists

    Hi Steve-great list, had forgotten about Cap'n Jim-also thanks for reminder re Stefan Kwoczala. To be honest am not sure about Ray Cresp- my good friend Reg Fearman was certainly in touch with him in recent years and have asked Reg -who has a compendious knowledge of this era and knows probably everybody on this list -to let me know. Thanks for the work you did Steve. P.S. Looks like you've moved from Illinois to Ohio
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    Oldest Surviving World Finalists

    Here goes; 1. Split Waterman 27/7/23; 2 Arthur Payne 30/8/24;(not sure if still alive) ;3 Dick Bradley 28/11/24; 4. Eric Boothroyd 26/4/27; 5.Derek Close 13/5/27; 6 .Billy Bales 6/6/29; 7. Olle Nygren 11/11/29; 8 Rune Sormander 29/11/29; 9.Jack Geran 10/12/29; 10. Ian Williams 4/8/31; 11.Per Tage Svensson 16/1031 12. Peo Soderman 29/10/32 13. Ove Fundin 23/5/33; 14. Dan Forsberg 25/3/34; 15 Josef Hofmeister 26/7/34 (Thanx Norbold);16 Mike Broadbank 25/9/34; First Reserve : Barry Briggs 30/12/34. This is my best shot-anyone know if Arthur Payne is still alive??-may have missed a couple as there are quite a few folks who were born around the 1933-34 period e.g. maybe Crutcher/ Knutsson/ Nordin / should be there or thereabouts. Any additions or deletions very welcome!!
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    Stefan Kwoczala R.I.P

    Thanks Tigerowl
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    Stefan Kwoczala R.I.P

    Another famous part of speedway history has just passed. Polish Champ in 1959 and World Finalist in 1960. I am sure that old -(should say mature!!) Leicester Hunter fans will remember him.
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    Oldest Surviving World Finalists

    Very sorry to hear that-92 is a good age though. Have lost track of the oldest World Finalists though-so many have passed. Clearly Split is #1 and I reckon Dick Bradley is #2
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    Gil Goldfinch

    Thanks Steve, I looked up previous threads, in fact I contributed to one-I'd forgotten that(-must be age)- I noticed that Mark had requested info on his dad's career and that one poster to the thread mentioned that Gil had died of blood poisoning, however was sad to have it confirmed that he'd taken his own life back in 1963.
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    Gil Goldfinch

    Does anyone recall the circumstances of Gil's death-a Newcastle star in the PL on loan from the Dons-heard he committed suicide-does anyone know the background????
  10. Without being negative-the ones who in all honesty were extremely lucky to get to the old one off World Final would have to be Bryan Elliott, Howard Cole and Rick France, also maybe Ron Mountford.
  11. I am thinking of the sixties here- I would start this thread off with Stan Stevens , Mike Watkin and Dick Bradley-what say other forumlanders..
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    Les "muscles"Owen

    Does anyone remember the circumstances of his passing?? And the reason??
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    Les "muscles"Owen

    In the Colin Gooddy (RIP) thread, the name of Les was mentioned. This got me thinking about "Muscles"- I remember him riding in early sixties NL for Coventry. A tough customer indeed. I recall he suffered serious head injuries from an on track accident-anyone recall where or when. He was never the same afterwards. I think he died after walking on some train tracks -an accident or suicide.!!
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    Colin 'Joe' Goody R.I.P

    That's right mate indeed I recall him as you do, as "old school", from speedways greatest days.
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    Colin 'Joe' Goody R.I.P

    Before I forget Colin was a great mate of Ken Vale-Ken was a totally different personality to Joe but they really got along. I recall Ken riding for L.E. in 1963 and he was well into his forties then-passed away at age 88, loved Workington Comets and they loved him back. So many wonderful personalities are part of the speedway family
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