Dream Team: Peter Hunter
I grew up in and have lived all of my 36 years in Adelaide, South
Australia and sadly have never seen British Speedway in person, only on
video. I can't say I follow any team but having grown up going to Rowley
Park Speedway, Speedway Park (now Speedway City), North Arm Speedway and
Wayville, I follow the riders more than any team. I'm going to try not
being biased towards Aussie riders here but.....
A 4 time World Champion and a rider who dominated the British Leagues
during his career. Other riders such as Erik Gundersen had great nights
and won many championships but Nielsen was usually in form over a whole
season, not just on occasions. How could you leave him out?
Quite possibly the best Aussie rider never to win the World Title. He
won 6 Australian championships and 8 NSW State championships before he
unfortunately took his own life in 1985. Had he not done so, how many
more would he have won?
1980 World Champion and a man who could match it with the best when he
was in the mood. I know he only won the 1 world final but unlike other
"one hit wonders" like Egon Muller and Jerzy Szczakiel, Lee was good
enough to win more, he just didn't.
What more can be said? A record 10 Australian championships, 4 Aussie
U-21 championships, 1992 World U-21 champion, 6 Victorian state
championships, 8 SGP wins and the 1986 Australian U-16 champion. First
saw him ride at North Arm in Adelaide in 1991 in an Australia vs Sweden
test and then again a year later when he won his 1st Aussie title. Now
he is fighting just to be able to walk again after his accident training
for the 2011 Finke Dessert Race. He'll do it too.
A six time World Champion and competitive until he retired in his
mid-40s. First rider to win the World Final and World Longtrack Final in
the same year (1972). Did a "demo" run at Adelaide's Gillman Speedway in
2006 and at age 67 he showed he hadn't lost much when he completed 4
laps aboard Aaron Summers bike and was only 7 seconds slower than Leigh
Adams then 4 lap record! Truly amazing
I'll admit I only ever saw JB ride in person once and that was a demo
run at the 1992 Aussie Final at North Arm, 10 years after he retired
from riding (I did see Boulger race Midgets for a few seasons in
Adelaide with some success). Won a record 9 South Aussie titles (7 in a
row from 1972-1978) and 2 Aussie titles. Probably South Australia's best
ever rider along with Jack Young.
Shane ParkerSubmit Your Own Dream Team
Ever since I first saw Parker ride at the Riverview Speedway in Murray
Bridge (80km east of Adelaide), I've been a fan. Maybe it was his bright
green bike? Or the fact that the guy could race and gave his all every
time. IMO the best Aussie rider never to (yet) win the Australian
Championship, though I believe he will race in the 2011 championship
series. I met Shane once when we were both spectators at the 2006
Australian U-16 championship in Adelaide, 21 years after he won the
title himself. Hell of a nice bloke and a great rider.
This article was first published on 1st December 2011
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