An evening with world champions of speed Reg Fearman and Ray Wilson: February 8
By sarahlnewall | Wednesday, January 02, 2013, 11:19
By Neil Burrows
Champions of Speed
THE Long Eaton Speedway Reunion Group are proud to present An Evening With The Champions Of Speed with former World Champions Reg Fearman and Ray Wilson as guest speakers. It is being held on 8th February 2013 at the Soldiers and Sailors Club, Tamworth Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 3JS (50 yards from Long Eaton train station) at 7.30pm with host Ken Walker (BBC Radio Derby).
Reg began his riding career at Rye House on 1st August 1948 (scoring eleven points) but was immediately banned by the speedway authorities when it was discovered that he was only fifteen years of age. But this didn't stop him from pursuing his dream as he was presented with his first speedway licence in front of 40,000 West Ham speedway fans at the tender age of sixteen in 1949. He became known as "Fearless Fearman" for his daredevil style of riding and went on to represent England as a test match rider before retiring from riding in 1961.
He became involved in promoting in the winter of 1959/60 when he helped form the Provincial League and was a multi-stadium promoter from 1960-1986 with Long Eaton and Leicester being amongst them. During this time he was also chairman of the British Speedway Promoters' Association (1973-76, 79 and 83-84), chairman of Division Two (1968-1972) and Great Britain/England team manager where he guided them to win the World Team Cup and World Pairs. Reg has latterly had various roles within the World Speedway Riders' Association and was their president in 1992.
Ray, affectionately known as "World Cup Willy" after scoring a maximum in the 1971 World Team Cup Final for Great Britain, rode for Long Eaton from 1963 to 1967 which were his early years as a rider but in those years he became a Long Eaton legend as in 1967 he appeared in his first Individual World Final and also represented Great Britain in the World Team Cup Final. He quickly established himself, becoming one of the most decorated riders to have ever been associated with Long Eaton as he went on to win the World Team Cup with Great Britain (1971-73) and England (1974), the World Pairs Championship (1972) with Terry Betts and the British Championship (1973). Since 2011 he has been enjoying the role of Club Ambassador for Leicester speedway.
Reg and Ray will be reflecting on their careers and there will be plenty of opportunity for fans to ask questions.
Chairman of the Reunion Group Peter Wrathall added: "Reg Fearman and Ray Wilson are iconic names at Long Eaton. With both myself and Ray having started our careers under the guidance of Reg I can confidently say that the evening will be very entertaining so I look forward to seeing everyone there."
Entrance fee (which includes free raffle) is Adults: £3 Children: Free
All proceeds from the evening will go to speedway related charities.