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The Internationale 1974
By Tracy Holmes

For Barry Briggs, it was back to the future. Riding for Wimbledon and back at Wimbledon for the Wills Internationale, still 'the Best in Smoking'.

It was Monday, May 27 and despite Briggo winning heat 1, the new kids on the block socked it to the regulars.

John Louis threw it away. Four wins but a round 4 tapes exclusion cost him the Title. He did not bother with the 2nd place run-off. Speedway's 'Crown Prince' Peter Collins it was who did the Ballroom Blitz, beaten only by Louis, taking home the brand new Jawa.

Ole Olsen started well but had no answer to Louis and Collins in heat 10. And what a jump for Kangaroo Bob Valentine, beating Olsen in heat 15!

What of the Kiwis? Briggo's first heat win was his only one but he had great fun. Ivan Mauger was recovering from a recent illness and was in no state to line up as events turned out. Instead of heading to London, he rode for Exeter that morning, scoring 14 points in a challenge match and drained his batteries to zero. Fully fit, he would have got away with it.

 

Heat 1. BRIGGS, Crump, Valentine. Simmons fall.
Heat 2. Olsen, Wilson, Betts, Michanek.
Heat 3. Collins, Ashby, Lovaas. Boulger fall/ex
Heat 4. Louis, Jessup, T Jansson. MAUGER fall/ex
Heat 5. Olsen, Eide, BRIGGS, Jessup. Boulger ns
Heat 6. Wilson, Ashby, Simmons, MAUGER.
Heat 7. Louis, Valentine, Betts, Lovaas.
Heat 8. Collins, Michanek, Crump, T Jansson.
Heat 9. Wilson, Lovaas, BRIGGS, T Jansson.
Heat 10. Louis, Collins, Olsen, Simmons.
Heat 11. Valentine, Michanek, Eide, Hunter. Boulger ns. MAUGER ns
Heat 12. Betts, Jessup, Ashby, Crump.
Heat 13. Collins, Betts, BRIGGS, Hunter. MAUGER ns
Heat 14. Jessup, Simmons, Michanek, Lovaas.
Heat 15. Valentine, Olsen, Ashby, T Jansson.
Heat 16. Sanders, Wilson, Crump, Eide. Louis ex/tapes. Boulger ns
Heat 17. Louis, Ashby, BRIGGS, Michanek.
Heat 18. Betts, Simmons, T Jansson, Eide. Boulger ns
Heat 19. Collins, Wilson, Valentine, Jessup.
Heat 20. Olsen, Crump, Lovaas, Hunter. MAUGER ns
2nd place run-off. Wilson, Olsen. Louis ns

 

Peter Collins 14. Ray Wilson 12. Ole Olsen 12. John Louis 12. Bob Valentine 10. Terry Betts 10. Martin Ashby 8. BARRY BRIGGS 7. Dave Jessup 7. Phil Crump 6. Malcolm Simmons 5. Anders Michanek 5. Res Billy Sanders 3. Res Reider Eide 3. Tommy Jansson 2. Res George Hunter 0. IVAN MAUGER 0. John Boulger 0.

 

This article was first published on 19th April 2020

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