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Vic Ridgeon
In Memoriam
One of Speedway’s gentlemen, Vic Ridgeon died in May 2009 aged 81. Before Starting on
his 16 year track career, Vic was one of the RAF aircrew who took part in the Berlin airlift
during the winter of 1948-9 which foiled the Russian blockade of the German Capital

Like many aspiring speedway stars after the war, Vic started at Rye House, joining the Rye
House Roosters in 1950 and also riding at Second Division Yarmouth in 1953. According to
his contemporaries, Alan Brett (Eastbourne & Wimbledon) and Terry Stone now President
of the World Speedway Riders Association, Vic was ‘practically unbeatable’ round Rye
House during his time there throughout the 1950’s, but was not always as effective on away
tracks.

Vic also raced in South Africa, retiring from Speedway in 1957. But he made a comeback
with Wolverhampton in the controversial Provincial League in 1961, skippering a side that
included Graham Warren, Tommy Sweetman, Ernie Baker, Terry Stone and for a while Terry
Betts. That year, Vic’s points total was second only to the great Warren.

During his career, Vic also had spells with Rayleigh, Glasgow and Sunderland before finally hanging up his leathers,
though there were later appearances in veteran’s races. He was an enthusiastic member of the old Veteran Speedway
Riders Association and was a great supporter of the regular West Ham Reunions at the Black Lion, Plaistow. Vic was
also a keen student of the sport’s history

His old Wolverhampton team mate Tommy Sweetman said from his home in New Zealand: ‘It’s a shame to lose one of
the real Gentlemen of Speedway. I started to race against Vic way back in 1954 when i rode for California and Vic was
with Rye House, in the old Southern Area League days. We then joined forces at Wolverhampton in 1961 and 1962
wheere Vic was captain of the Wolves in the early days of the Provincial League. We had very similar racing attitudes,
being more interested in our team than individual honours and we actually rode together as a pairing in many League
matches’.

Vic Leaves a widow, Sheila

JOHN CHAPLIN