Alan Hunt (speedway rider)
|Date of birth||1925|
|Place of birth||Aston, England|
|Date of death||2 February 1957|
|Current club information|
|Cradley Heath Heathens
Hunt attended Tiger Stevensons training school in the winter of 1946-47 and impressed so much he was given the reserve berth with the Cradley Heath Cubs for the 1947 season who were competing in the National League Division Three. After his fourth season with the Heathens, Hunt was averaging over ten points per meeting and it was not surprising that he was attracting the attention of top flight teams.
In 1951, the Harringay Racers thought they had a deal with the Heathens to sign Hunt on a full transfer but at the last moment the Birmingham Brummies promotion took over the Heathens and transferred Hunt to them.
In his first season at Birmingham he qualified for the World Final but only manage two points. It signalled the start of his dislike of the Wembley track although it was similar to the Cradley Heath track he learnt his speedway skills on.
World Final Appearances
- 1951 - London, Wembley Stadium - 16th - 2pts
- 1953 - London, Wembley Stadium - 14th - 3pts
- 1954 - London, Wembley Stadium - Res - Did not ride
- 1956 - London, Wembley Stadium - 11th - 6pts
On 1 February 1957 Hunt was riding in a meeting in South Africa, where he was planning on emigrating and only living in the UK during the speedway season, when he fell and was hit by the machine of the following rider, fracturing his skull. He was rushed to hospital but died in the early hours of 2 February. He was only thirty one years old.