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10 favourite Dutch riders:

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My nominations for top 10 Dutch rider favourites:

Henny Kroeze, Henk Steman, Rudy Muts, Nico van Gorcum, Gerrit Kops, Jan Bosman, Cor  van Gorcum, Piet Seur, Tonny Kroeze, Wim van Hemelrijk.

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Henk Steman, Henny Kroeze (who I believe registered the first 21 point maximum in the BL) and Rudy Mutts.

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7 minutes ago, Graham Warren said:

Peter Vandenberg

Good point Graham Warren. However, when Peter Vandenberg and Charlie Wallis visited me at 'Speedway Star' offices just after they arrived in the UK in the mid-1950s, Peter emphasised that he wanted to be known as an Australian. His family had emigrated to Australia a few years previously.

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I didn't know that Gustix. I remember he always signed autographs with his name the Dutch way.  A lovley man and the first riderI ever got to know.   By the way, did you ever write to the Speedway World?  I liked that paper as it gave better winter coverage of Australians meetings.

 

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11 hours ago, Graham Warren said:

I didn't know that Gustix. I remember he always signed autographs with his name the Dutch way.  A lovley man and the first riderI ever got to know.   By the way, did you ever write to the Speedway World?  I liked that paper as it gave better winter coverage of Australians meetings.

I agree with the comment re excellent Australian coverage by the 'Speedway World' - I believe the reporter/photographer was Oscar Lind (?). I wrote a couple of features for the 'Monthly Speedway World' and made a few contributions to the weekly publication in the early part of 1954.

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This may be off main topic but possibly the first UK appearance for Dutch riders was at Tamworth in 1947? As I recall they were taking part in a benefit for the dependents of Tamworth rider Jack Ladd (???} who died earlier that year in a Dutch meeting. 

The Dutch riders met their own travelling expenses to the meeting and donated all their prize money to a fund in aid of Ladd's dependents.

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