Speed­way dogs

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Read­ing Edgar Jes­sop’s dog ex­ploits in OBA 79 re­minded me of some pho­tos I have in my archives. One shows Vic Hux­ley with what I pre­sume would be the team mas­cot. There is also a cig­a­rette card is­sued by Im­pe­rial To­bacco, the il­lus­tra­tion taken from the same pho­to­graph. Vic won the Star Rid­ers Cham­pi­onship in 1930 (fore­run­ner of the World Cham­pi­onship) and was one of the high­est paid sports­men in the world at the peak of his ca­reer. The other shot was taken in 1931 and ac­cord­ing to my friend in the UK, Mike Kemp, the dog’s name was Buster and was the Southamp­ton team mas­cot. The late John Chap­lin iden­ti­fied the rid­ers, who are Ernie Rick­man, Nor­man Parker (hold­ing the dog), Steve Langton, Jack Parker ac­cept­ing the tro­phy with Vic Collins next. The man in the white suit is pro­moter Jimmy Bax­ter, cred­ited with start­ing the league sys­tem. Maybe the same dog in both pho­tos? Brian Darby www.brian­darby.info

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