Like Jack Millen, Jim was from New Zealand, but unlike Jack, Jim kept a lower profile during their time with the "Stars".
Jim came into the team in 1972 and struggled to get going, but Jack watched over him and he slowly matured into a
good rider. His first Season was hard, with his 32 meetings bringing him an average of 3.82.
1973 however saw Jim double his first seasons average, 36 meetings brought a return of 7.44, what more could you ask
from him! Always laughing and smiling, Jim had won over the fans, big time, just like his mate "Crazy Jack".
1974 and Jack was gone from the Team, but Jim was still there, knocking out some good scores in a very difficult
season for Sunderland Speedway. He did increase his average slightly with 7.92, to top the averages.
Jim played a very important part in keeping the Team going in 1974, he even broke the Track Record at one stage of the
Season, only to see Birmingham's John Hart claim it for the last time, John collected the three lap record also in the
Jim teamed up with Jack Millen again at Stoke Potters after Sunderland had closed. Always remembered for his
cheeky smile, Jim is still in touch with the fans in these parts, and we hope to see him one day soon.