Gallery p.2     2000 - '09


Walkerville Action in the new Millenium

    With apologies for the quality of these photographs, taken early in the new millennium, . . . but we are thus now able to see rare action shots of Stefani, Lakatos and Magosi, against Mssrs Swart, Meier, Devine, etc. (as captions on each,) in the early days of Walkerville Raceway.


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Walkerville's Teenage Champions of the '00s
   Seen below, Byron Bekker receives a special recognition award for 100 consecutive league appearances for his UK club, Scunthorpe Scorpions, at the Lincolnshire track in 2008. Brendan Coughlan is seen in action at Walkerville and, inset, with the S.A. national trophy.

    At the start of the decade 13-year old Byron Bekker took the national U21 speedway title, a feat he repeated in the following year, 2001, and with a few more years under his belt he took off for Europe to ride professionally in the U.K. league at Scunthorpe. While BB was in Britain another teenager was was making a similar impact in Gauteng: in Byron's absence 15-year old Brendan Coughlan claimed the SA senior title in successive years, 2006 and '07. (Photo courtesy of D.Bekker/K.MacLeod.)

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Bevan Compton, seen indoor ice racing in the USA, c.2000
    Bevan Compton spent time in the States around the turn of the millennium participating in the I.C.E. Series, (International Championship Events",) World Cup Series staged across the USA.
    More correctly termed 'speedway on ice' as distinct from European Ice racing, the machines were conventional speedway bikes with studs rather than spikes that thus allowed some sliding on the small tight ice skating rinks.
    Full details of the Series, staged between 1983 and 2005, can be found HERE under 'Document 3 - USA'.

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Taken at Walkerville around 2007 /'08, the line-up here is believed to be: -

 - Damien Devine,
 - Brendan Coughlan,
 - Martin Bekker,
 -   ?   ,
 - Deon Prinsloo,
 - Dudley Bekker,
 -    ?  ,
 - Neil Pettit.

Can anyone add the
2 missing names?
  ( via the contacts page.)
    



The Passing of Buddy Fuller, "Mr. Oval Track", 2005

Below is the obituary that appeared in 'The Citizen' on the death at 89 in 2005 of Buddy Fuller, the great motorsport promoter and one-time Springbok speedway champion and national captain. Shown also is a poster specially produced in his honour by the many appreciative riders & drivers that rode for him, - several seen below at the gathering for the service - ,  and an image of the old Wembley Stadium where so many of the events that he organised, dirt-track and tarmac, 2-, 3- and 4-wheeled, were staged.


 
                        

                    Lt.>Rt: Dudley Bekker, Dennis Newton, ? , Fred Wills, ?, Colin Aitken, (4 unknown,) Noddy Naude,
                                   Boet Strydom, Henry Long, Arthur Bruins;   knlg Denzil Kent.

                       
                           
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COUGHLAN SCRAPBOOK

   Former National champ of 2006 and 2007, Brendan Coughlan recently returned to the track in 2015, seven years after his last ride, for an appearance in the 'SSRC Rebels' team in their match against the 'Walkerville Wizards'.  Below is a collection of
'now & then' shots of Brendan and of his father Wayne Coughlan who graced the speedway tracks back in the '70s & '80s. (Both also have active musical interests and regularly perform live at various venues and events.)

    Above:  November 2015                Below: dramatic action in 2007

       Taking the prizes in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, - Boet Strijdom presenting.


  15-yearold Wayne Coughlan on a Jap in his first season of 1976, up against Vic Pretorius at
Daggafontein, Springs.                                                                                                                 Later, Jawa-mounted for Durban Hornets.

   Father and son: present-day Wayne and Brendan Coughlan in 2015, performing together on guitar.

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Zeeman, - Past & present.
    Brad Zeeman is the grandson of Laurie Zeeman who rode speedway for Johannesburg Tigers in 1947 but had greater success and fame in the '50s as a Road racer in the 350 Class, first with a Velocette and then an AJS. He is seen below in a rare colour photo of that time at Old Barn Speedway, Alberton, on his stripped down Triumph 500cc Tiger where he rode with Buddy Fuller, Henry Long, Fred Wills  and others. Brad, who took 3rd place in the 2001  U21 SA Championship is seen at Walkerville around 2008, when he last raced.

   This appendix and accompanying slideshow on Laurie Zeeman covers the various phases of his racing career, with many photographs from the '40s, '50s and '60s.

 

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South Africa on the World Championship stage, 2003.

Further to the piece on Karl Lecky's involvement in international World Championship events in 1997 & '98, (Gallery p2,) below are 2 shots of Warren Meier taken at Heusden-Zolder, Belgium when he took part in the WC Quarter-Final there in 2003.

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MSA Presentations to the S.African National Speedway Champions of 2001

ALEX LAKATOS (left), the 2001 SA National Speedway Champion,
     and 14 year old 
BYRON BEKKER the SA Junior Champion,
are seen at the MSA's annual award ceremony at Caesar's Palace, Boksburg receiving their 'Motorsports South Africa' trophies from Tom Claasen, President of its off-road motorcycling commission. The MSA Gala Dinner was held in February 2002, subsequent to the riders' successes in the 4-round events, raced at Walkerville, Nelspruit, Lichtenburg and Klerksdorp during the 2001 season.


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Ex-speedway riders at Zwartkops Raceway, 2008

Martin Bekker, Ian Groat, Keith Zeeman, Jim Redman, Alan Harris, Paddy Driver, John Robertson; kneeling, Jimmy Guthrie jnr. 
The two mechanics, (lft and rt,) are well known ex-speedway riders
Martin Bekker (2005 South African champion, cousin of Byron Bekker) and John Robertson. There is a third ex-speedway rider in the pic, namely Alan Harris, who was a cycle speedway ("Skid Kids" in Southern Africa) star in the '50s and rode two full speedway tests for Rhodesia in the '70s. Keith Zeeman is the son of Old Barn rider Laurie Z, and father of latter-day rider Brad Zeeman. See both in action, above   (Courtesy Ken MacLeod /John Robertson; Picture by Jay Groat.)

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Eugene Smith   
the 2002 SA National Champion,
in action at Walkerville in 2002.

Solos

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Sidecar Contrast
At Walkerville everyone is familiar with the big boys' 1000cc combinations but probably less so with the alternative class of 500cc chariots that can be seen on the same programme in Europe. On continental Long Tracks, - sandbahn and grasbahn - , and at UK Grass Track meetings (plus occasional speedways,) it's not uncommon to feature races for both 500cc and 1000cc classes on the same bill. The smaller machines use the standard Jawa/JRM or GM engines, the single cylinder motors fitted 'lay-down' as in solo bikes, and built into much lighter frames and carriages than the multi-cylinder class so that power-to-weight ratios are maintained. The 2 pics below show the contrast, and the following slideshow offers more of both classes of machines, in action and static, where the differences are clearly to be seen. Note than in mainland Europe, with left-hand drive combinations, races are run anti-clockwise.   
(See also videos, on Gallery p.4.)




 

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Rustenburg Red Devils   &   Walkerville Wizards teams of 2003, at Rustenburg 31.5.03
complete with girl mascots,
Cherie Crock & Lauren Bekker.  (click image.)
RUSTENBURG  comprised   Ian Hutchinson, Alex Lakatos, Wiekus Pretorius, Rhett Crock;

WALKERVILLE Eugene Smith, Martin Bekker, Deon Swart, Byron Bekker, Jonno van Wyk, Neil Thompson.

   
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Orkney Showground, Klerksdorp, 2009

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Walkerville,  2008
 stdg: Peter Buck, Robin Brill, Ashley Brill, Mac Magill, Brandon Devine, Neil Pettit, ? , Gio Nunes;
frt: Bobby Bulmer, DJ Devine, Chad Durieaux, Bobby Devine, Deon Prinsloo, Mike Russell.


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