One of speedway’s foremost historians, JOHN CHAPLIN, passed away in March, aged 85 in UK. He had been battling with lymphoma – a cancer of the immune system. John had followed his passion for more than sixty years as a magazine columnist, author of more than a dozen books on speedway and as a respected television commentator. John’s books covered the careers of many of the sport’s most famous names, including Ove Fundin, Ivan Mauger and Tom Farndon. His interest in the oval sport began when he was taken to a meeting at Birmingham by his mother when he was aged only 12. His son Chris went on to compete for the Rye House team in the British League.
John Chaplin (left) with Australian speedway legend Vic Duggan. (PHOTO BRIAN DARBY)