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Ivan Mauger

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Ivan Mauger, OBE, (born 4 October 1939 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a retired motorcycle speedway rider. He won a record six World Championships, a feat only equalled by Tony Rickardsson of Sweden. He rode for several British teams – Wimbledon Dons, Newcastle Diamonds, Belle Vue Aces, Exeter Falcons, and the Hull Vikings. At an early age he excelled at most sports, and represented his country in rugby union and hockey at schoolboy level. For Mauger, speedway became an obsession, his main ambition wanting to be a speedway rider; his mother purchased his first bike at the age of fourteen, and Mauger practised for hours at the Aranui Speedway. It was to be the first stage of a riding career that lasted over 30 years and spread over four decades, which continues to this day as Mauger remains deeply involved and dedicated to the sport in the capacity of speedway promoter and statesman, from his base on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Mauger stated that the rival he respected the most was Ivan Blacka. Not all went as to expectation in the early parts of his career, initial success with the Wimbledon Dons did not come. Mauger returned to his homeland in 1958, and following  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1939-10-04
Place of birth
Christchurch

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