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Sweden? There are far more English riders.

It was a quick glance.......at the bottom of the list :rofl:

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1. Cyril Roger - 93 - born 27.12.1921

2. Split Waterman - 91 (27.7.1923)

3. Arthur Payne - 90 (30.8.1924)

4. Dick Bradley - 90 (28.11.1924)

5. Fred Brand - 89 (3.2.1925)

6. Chum Taylor - 87 (4.4.1927)

7. Eric Boothroyd - 87 (26.4.1927)

8. Derick Close - 87 - (13.5.1927)

9. Geoff Mardon - 87 (24.11.1927)

10. Billy Bales - 85 (6.6.1929)

11. Olle Nygren - 85 (11.11.1929)

12. Rune Sormander - 85 (29.11.1929)

13. Jack Geran - 85 (10.12.1989)

14. Bryan Elliott - 84 (12.4.1930)

15. George White - 83 (24.5.1931)

16. Ian Williams - 83 (4.8.1931)

 

17. Per Tage Svensson 83 (16.10.1931)

18. Peo Soederman 82 (29.10.1932)

 

Not 100% sure the two Swedes are still with us but haven't heard any information to the contrary..

 

 

As usual tigerowl your Posts are very informative. Thank you for this.

 

 

Ta tigerowl-have to add one correction. There was a post the other day re Henry Long his birthday was listed as 26.7.1927-so that would make him # 9 -after Derrick Close and before Geoff Mardon-thanks for the info though. We now know the top 19-I haven't heard that Peo Soderman has passed away, so thanx for the info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a superb update. I am too lazy to do this but how do the actual nationalities represented break down? At a quick glance, Sweden appears to lead the way.

 

 

Sweden? There are far more English riders.

Well spotted! I did say that I was "too lazy" to check. A small table in regard to my query - by somebody who likes doing these things - would prove very interesting IMO.

Edit: I don't see any Americans?

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Best not to use that list (above) and perpetuate the omission,
From the following we get :-

GB 10; SW 4; AU 3; 1 each NZ, SA.

1. Cyril Roger - 93 - born 27.12.1921 GB

2. Split Waterman - 91 (27.7.1923) GB
3. Arthur Payne - 90 (30.8.1924) AU
4. Dick Bradley - 90 (28.11.1924) GB
5. Fred Brand - 89 (3.2.1925) GB
6. Chum Taylor - 87 (4.4.1927) AU
7. Eric Boothroyd - 87 (26.4.1927) GB
8. Derick Close - 87 (13.5.1927) GB
9. Henry Long – 87 (26.7.1927) SA
10. Geoff Mardon - 87 (24.11.1927) NZ
11. Billy Bales - 85 (6.6.1929) GB
12. Olle Nygren - 85 (11.11.1929) SW
13. Rune Sormander - 85 (29.11.1929) SW
14. Jack Geran - 85 (10.12.1989) AU
15. Bryan Elliott - 84 (12.4.1930) GB
16. George White - 83 (24.5.1931) GB

17. Ian Williams - 83 (4.8.1931) GB
18. Per Tage Svensson - 83 (16.10.1931) SW
19. Peo Soederman - 82 (29.10.1932) SW

 

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And hopefully we won't have to remove any of these illustrious names for some time to come yet!!

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Just read the sad news re Geoff Mardon-I think its time we updated the Oldest surviving World Finalist list- what with Cyril Roger and maybe others have gone. Guess Split is the oldest now

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Can anybody update the above list - I think we have lost 3 or 4 of the above names. On a happier note-last month Split celebrated his 93rd birthday. Looks well.

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OK folks, 3  years have passed and the table may need to be updated- I reckon about six have sadly passed away-Cyril Roger, Arthur Payne, Fred Brand, Geoff Mardon, Brian Elliott, George White and maybe more- can anyone update the list of 16 (+ of course the two reserves), reckon Briggo and Ove should now have "qualified". Glad to see a lot of the finalists have made it into their nineties-including one of my heroes  Dick Bradley-a real gent and great rider!!

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