John Chap­lin

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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)

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