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Saddened to hear of Ivans passing. Having been away have just heard. The greatest rider of all time, I was privileged to see him with the Aces and was such a good role model for the younger riders. His book Triple Crown Plus takes pride of place in my Speedway collection. RIP Ivan
I first saw Ivan ride when he joined the Newcastle Diamonds in the early 1960's, and became a big fan of his from the start. I met Ivan on numerous occasions while asking for his autograph, and he signed everything I asked. The highlight was when Ivan became the first, and still the only, Newcastle rider to win the World Final in 1968. Best moment was when I plucked up the courage to ask if I could shake his hand, and he said of course you can! Ivan Mauger, simply the best, better than all the rest (in my opinion).
True legend and gentlemen
I feel lucky to have had Ivan as someone who I admired and respected and who became my hero from a very young age, shouting my support from the wooden stands at Belle Vue, defending his honour if anyone dared to criticise him. I held his pint of Guinness at a social meeting at Belle Vue whilst he kindly gave his autograph... and asked me not to drink any of it!! I found out from the man himself 7 years ago (again when asking for his autograph in his new book) that he didnt really drink Guinness! Thank you for the thrills, and may you now RIP..xx
As a speedway journalist I interviewed Ivan many times and wrote thousands of words about him. Only three are necessary at this sad time. Simply the best.
I am very lucky to have watched a lot of speedway in the 70’s when there were so many top riders and Ivan Mauger was right up there at the top. When it came to professionalism Ivan just took it to another level and six world titles speak for themselves. My sincere condolences to Ivan’s family. R.I.P. Ivan and thank you for the great memories.
it was very sad to here of the passing of avery good friend IVAN MAUGER of whom i was very close to during the 1970's when he rode for the SWINDON ROBINS AND EXETER FALCONS ,he along with BARRY BRIGGS .RONNIE MOORE AND PHIL CRUMP made the sport of speedway the most thrilling and entertaining venue on the sporting calender ,and i got very involved when i came to australia in the 80's to find all the new and up and coming riders of which the previous stars had trained to make them pro's as were . i send my condolences to his wife raye and their wonderful family ,and to ivan you rest in peace my friend we will always be thinking of you you were a legend ......
The best of the best was ivan...
To Mauger Family We are so sorry to hear of Ivan's pasting. He will be sadly missed by you and his Speedway Family. Sheer CLASS. RIP THE A TRUE LEGEND IGM MBE OBE C S MCM
So sad to hear of the death of the most liked and greatest rider that rode the tracks. Win or lose watching him ride those bends was text book. RIP IVAN
The supreme perfectionist and professional and a beacon for those who rode with him and followed him. It was a treasured privilege and a pleasure to have known Ivan. Condolences to Raye and the family. Rest peacefully Ivan - you deserve it.
Sorry to hear the passing of Ivan, saw him race many times all over UK and Wembley at world finals RIP
Sad news about the greatest Speedway rider of all time. He was my hero in my teenage years as I fell in love with motorbikes. Never forget seeing him as a guest at Reading Stadium with a handicap of 40 yards and winning by 40 yards. His cornering that day was legend - broadsiding with both feet on the legs! All young riders should watch film of him and learn from the best. Condolences to Raye and family. We have all lost a true great!
So Sorry to hear that Ivan had passed away. So many memories, watching him in League matches, individual meetings such as Internationale at Wimbledon, Blue Riband at Poole, World Finals at Wembley, Intercontinental at White City. Especially remember meeting at Poole when we were struggling to get child and pushchair through gate. Up comes Ivan, grabs hold and lifts child and pushchair through! Bless you. No more chats and handshakes at Cardiff, wish now I had recognised signs when he and Raye were last at Wolverhampton, so obvious looking back. Rest in peace Ivan, you gave the speedway supporters of the world so much. A true gent. Prayers are with Raye and his children and grandchildren.
Simply the Greatest! Thanks Ivan for all the great memories. A great competitor and Ambassador.
My sporting hero and the inspiration for true professionalism. The best without a doubt. Thanks for everything Ivan. Sincere condolences to his family, friends and his fans.
Belated condolences to Raye and the family on the passing of Ivan. As a long time Belle Vue fan I had the great privilege of seeing ivan at his peak, the greatest rider of all time who brought a level of professionalism into the sport never seen before. He was a complete master in everything he did and also got the very best out of his team mates. Talking to some members of the early 70's Aces team his attention to detail was amazing. If Ivan had raced in a GP series as we have now it's scary to think how many titles he would have won, his consistency was unbelievable. Thanks for the great memories that you left us. Rip Ivan.
Got to be the greatest rider of all time when you look at his individual honours, team honours, complete focus/dedication and the length of time he rode for! I only saw him ride in the early 80's when he was far past his best although he could still maintain a 8pt average in the British League for Exeter in 1984 when only riding part time and over 44 years old!
I crossed the A34 (Kingsway) to catch the 96 bus to Belle Vue ... a white Mercedes car pulling a trailer... on board were 2 gleaming Jawa Speedway bikes. Their chauffeur was my idol... the thrill of seeing Ivan on his way to Hyde Road was immense. Sitting on the third bend I'd watch in awe as Ivan rode towards me at speed ... the back wheel came out, the left foot went down ... that was a moment of speedway beauty for me ... that sight is still burnt in my mind. The style... his designed leathers ... and the chequered helmet of course. Later I would go in the pits and get the latest poto I had purchased signed by him. So so many great memories... saying thank you feels so inadequate.... So to Ivan and Raye ... Thank you for making the trip half way around the world. Not only me but Speedway fans every where are so so grateful. RIP IVAN
IVAN; MY CHILDHOOD HERO, IVAN: a good friend in my later life. I was privileged as a supporter on the terraces at the County Ground to witness the skill of IVAN as a rider and later as the British under 21 team manager to have the support of IVAN in getting my team to Australia with all our bikes and equipment and for the team members to enjoy the benefit of his vast experience on technical and riding matters. From my humble beginnings as a fan it was awesome when I was specfating at a round of the Aussie championships some years later in Kurri Kurri for IVAN to seek me out and to spend precious time talking with me. A real Man of the people and a true champion Thank you IVAN forever in my thoughts RIP