Rhodesia, - N & S
  . . . .  1950 - '90
 (-  present day  Zambia  and  Zimbabwe)

The Rhodesian team of 1972 for the S.Africa v. Rhodesia Test at Johannesburg, 6.10.72.
Rear:
Alex Hughson and Roni Ferguson; knlg: Pip Harris, Ray Barclay, and Peter Prinsloo
South African-  and Rhodesian-born Riders in British Speedway
    Many Southern Africa-born speedway riders, including a number from the Rhodesias, traveled to Europe to race in the UK's domestic leagues and improve their racing standard, perhaps even to reach a Wembley, London World Final and realize the ultimate dream of every speedway rider to becoming World Champion. The accompanying
table and its brief review lists those riders. Peter Prinsloo, Mike Ferriera and Denzil Kent proved to be the most successful Rhodesians to race in Europe.
                       
           

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   Speedway in the Rhodesia's is a story in two parts:  - the 1950s,  and the 1970s. 

PART 1 :   Rhodesia 1953  
  The first speedway in the Rhodesias was at the Kitana Stadium, Kitwe, in Northern Rhodesia, present-day Zambia, on July 16th 1953 when Bob Serrurier won the Northern Rhodesian Championship. It was September before Bulawayo saw its first speedway, a S.Rh. v. S.A. Test Match.
  Attached is an extract from 'The Henry Long Collection, Pt.8.' which covers activities by South African riders in Rhodesia in the very first days. The press cuttings contain match and Test Match reports plus a group photo of the SA and NR riders.         (click to enlarge to full size.) .
                             

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  Early Days,  -  Bulawayo 1953
                   Toby Boschoff                                                                  Harry du Toit & Bob Raw


Roy Bester and Fred Wills, winners of the Rhodesian Golden Helmet at Bulawayo.                              
-   Bester beat Barry Briggs, Dec.29th 1954, before conceding defeat to Wills on May 8th 1955



Britain v. Dominions 1953              Spring Stars(SA) v. Bulo Lions 1956         S.Africa v. Europe 1958
@ Bulawayo Showground
  Northern Rhodesia  1954, - Kitana
            Local copper-belt team match, Kitana Stars v Ndola Devils, Stars skipper Henry Long on bike.



  Buddy Fuller (rt,) practicing in the early days at Katana, prior to the safety fence being erected.


  Local (Welsh-born) rider Bert Clarke in practice, Northern Rhodesia's first speedway convert.

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     More Rhodesians ready to try speedway.


 


         Above:  Locals on the hill, . . . . .           . . . . . below, whites seated at the start/finish line.

 
    Henry Long (inside) and the Ndola skipper on a lap of honour.





PART 2 :  
   Speedway's  Rhodesian Rebirth

    After almost two decades of inactivity speedway was to return to Rhodesia in 1971, thanks to the efforts of a Scot, former Edinburgh Monarchs' rider, Alex Hughson, - and not just at its former heart of Bulawayo but also at Salisbury, (today's Harare,) and small-town Gwelo.
    Reproduced via the link below is the story of the rebirth of speedway in central Africa, and its consequential revival in South Africa. Written by speedway journalist Dick Barrie, it was included as one chapter in 'Ivan Mauger's World Speedway Book' (rt.,) published in 1973.

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.Bulawayo Showgrounds, Feb. 1971  -  Best Pairs Championship,
           -  Lt > Rt: Geoff Curtis,    Barry Duke,      Bob Young,      Laurie Etheridge,

                         (Aust & Sal'by)   (GB & Bulo)  
(Aust & Sal'by)    (GB & Bulo).


Bulawayo Warriors, 1972.
   Seen here, the
Bulawayo Warriors team of 1971/2 with,
(Rear stdg): Laurie Etheridge, Pip Harris, Malcolm Brown, Squack Harris;
(kneeling): Alan Cowland, Odd Fossengen; on bike skipper Peter Prinsloo.
   Gwelo-born Peter Prinsloo was 3x Rhodesian Champ and Golden Helmet holder, as well as SA National, SA Open, SA MRC and Southern African Champion between the years 1974 to '86, 

      

Gwelo Eagles 1971/72The Eagles competed with the Warriors and the Salisbury Monarchs in the Rhodesian National League. The team included Peter's brother, Chris Prinsloo, father of Deon.
                  Stdg: Bob Young, Bob Valentine, Oyvind Berg, Chris Prinsloo, Abe Koekemoer;
                  Kneeling: Norman Strachan, Dave Jessup.
     
    

Gwelo action:  Gwelo Eagles v. Bulawayo Warriors, Dec.4th 1971.
                 Malcolm Brown in Y/B  leads Dave Jessup
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  MORE . . Bulawayo Action, 1975:    Aces v. Cavaliers, 9.8.'75
  i) Australian Neil Webb being pushed off;


ii) Webb, of Bulawayo Aces, leads Chris Prinsloo, (Sal'by/Gwelo Cavaliers,)  and Aces Vic Rich.    

iii) Neil Webb in full flight.                                                                                 

iv) In another meeting at Bulawayo Showground in 1975.Neil Webb (Aust., inside), Eddie Payne,
Zak Koekemoer and Peter Prinsloo (outside), shoot from the tapes
 

v) Payne crosses the line.                                                  Eddie Payne with Ole Olsen, Salisbury 1975
   


Programmes from 1975, incl'g the WCSS,
('World Champions Super Series') at Bulawayo.
Egon Muller GY, John Louis GB, Barry Briggs NZ, Ivan Mauger NZ, Ole Olsen DK, Scott Autry US.



The Career of Peter Prinsloo in picture form:



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1980s & '90s
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    Mike Ferreira, a Wimbledon Don in 1983-'85                    Denzil Kent, Canterbury Crusaders 1982,'83


James Hayhow of Zambia, 1987
   Born in Northern Rhodesia, James Hayhow was one of the few speedway riders, and probably the last, to emanate from Zambia. He took up racing in South Africa, and had successes at Kings Park, Durban
taking the Durban/Natal MRC 3 times in 1985. In the UK between '86 and '88 he made the odd appearance for Glasgow, Edinburgh, Rye House and Canterbury.


       Salisbury-born David Steen,
   seen here in Reading colours, c.1996.                                   James Hayhow

      
 

Denzil Kent Interview.

4-page article on Bulawayo-born Denzil Kent in July 2011 by Tony McDonald of Backtrack magazine; the ex-Canterbury Crusader talks of the highs and lows of his career in the UK in the 1980s, his present-day activities in Edenvale, and his hopes for the future. (See also DVD clip of interview on Gallery p4.)


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South African-  and Rhodesian-born Riders in British Speedway
    Many Southern Africa-born speedway riders, including a number from the Rhodesias, traveled to Europe to race in the UK's domestic leagues and improve their racing standard, perhaps even to reach a Wembley, London World Final and realize the ultimate dream of every speedway rider to becoming World Champion. The accompanying
table and its brief review lists those riders. Peter Prinsloo, Mike Ferriera and Denzil Kent proved to be the most successful Rhodesians to race in Europe.
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Test Match
records between Rhodesia and South Africa,
both home & away between 1953 and '75,
are detailed HERE .                        

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Rhodesian National Speedway Champions
    &  Golden Helmet Championship Holders
 This table, taken from the 'Speedway Champions' website, shows all Northern Rhodesian and Southern Rhodesian national championship winners, plus all known Golden Helmet holders and Track Championship winners across the years 1953 to 1976.                        
 
Click to see full size, - click again to enlarge.

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