We, the undersigned, petition for the recognition and commemoration of the life and achievements of Ivan Mauger MBE OBE.
Ivan Mauger was the most successful speedway rider of all time.
In his racing career from 1957 – 1985 Ivan won 15 World Championships;
6 x individual speedway – 1968-69-70-72-77-79
3 x individual long track – 1971-72-76
2 x world pairs – 1969-70
4 x world teams – 1968-71-72-79
He was the first rider to win a record six individual world championships and the first rider to win the individual speedway and long track world championships in the same year.
Ivan was the also first man to win the individual world speedway championship three years in succession.
Two American businessmen thought so much of Ivan’s achievement in winning the world individual speedway championship three years in succession in 1970, they gold plated his world championship winning bike with which Ivan appeared on Blue Peter in 1972.This is only part of Ivan’s achievements and contribution to the sport.
He helped other riders win the world championship and despite retiring in 1985 his contributions continue to shape the sport today.
One of the things that makes Ivan’s story so remarkable is that it wasn’t always like this.
With his wife Raye, Ivan arrived in England as a 17 year old in 1957. It wasn’t long before Ivan and Raye had their first child but success didn’t follow and he returned to New Zealand the following year having been unable to establish himself in the UK.
Once back in New Zealand, despite what is said to have been extreme hardship, he worked hard to develop his skills.
Having been separated from his wife and child when they had to return to New Zealand without him, he resolved to return to the UK only if his wife and by that time, their three children, could come to the UK with him.
Eventually in 1963, a Manchester based speedway promoter brought Ivan and his family to the UK.
Thereafter Ivan had a long association with Manchester, having lived in Chorlton cum Hardy, Denton, Bramhall and Chester Road, Woodford.
Significantly 13 of Ivan’s 15 world championships were won while Ivan and his family lived in Bramhall and Woodford.
Sadly, after suffering from Alzheimer’s, Ivan died on 16 April 2018.
We think of it as an honour that one of the world’s most successful sportsmen ever based himself in the area, an association we believe should be recognised.
We believe that Ivan Mauger’s life and achievements should be recognised and commemorated to preserve his association with the area, his legacy and his inspiration for current and future generations.
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