Barry Briggs

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Barry Briggs
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Personal information
Nationality  New Zealand
Date of birth (1934-12-30) 30 December 1934 (age 79)
Place of birth    Christchurch, New Zealand
Current club information
Career status Retired (1976)
Career history
Wimbledon Dons
New Cross Rangers
Southampton Saints
Swindon Robins
Wimbledon Dons
Hull Vikings
Individual honours
World Individual Champion
New Zealand Champion
British Champion

British League Riders Champion

London Riders' Champion
Midland Riders' Champion
1957, 1958, 1964, 1966
1959, 1963
1961, 1964, 1965, 1966,
1967, 1969
1965, 1966, 1967, 1968,
1969, 1970
1966, 1967, 1970
Team honours
National League Champion

British League Champion
National Trophy Winner
World Team Cup
1954, 1955, 1956, 1958,
1959, 1963
1953, 1956, 1959
1968, 1971

Barry Briggs MBE (born 30 December 1934) from Christchurch, New Zealand is a former Speedway rider.

He won the World Individual Championship title four times – in 1957, 1958, 1964 and 1966.[1] He appeared in a record 17 consecutive World Individual finals (1954–70), and a record 18 in all, during which he scored a record 201 points. He also won the London Riders' Championship in 1955 whilst riding for the Wimbledon Dons.[2] He is also a six-time winner of the British Championship. He won the first final in 1961 and then dominated the sixties titles by winning in 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, and 1969.[3] Briggs also won his home title, the New Zealand Championship, twice winning in 1959 and again in 1963.

Briggs also created a domestic record by winning the British League Riders Championship for six consecutive years from 1965–1970, representing the Swindon Robins.[4]

Briggs retired from British league racing in 1972 after an accident during Heat 5 of the World Final at Wembley Stadium with Soviet rider Grigory Khlinovsky. As a result of the accident, Briggs lost the index finger of his left hand,[5] but returned in 1974, retiring for a final time in 1976.

World final appearances[edit]

After retirement[edit]

In 1973 Briggs was awarded an MBE for his services to sport and in 1990 he was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. From 17 March 2010 Briggs took part in a John o' Groats to Land's End bike ride to raise money for the BBC's Sport Relief.[6]

In retirement, Briggs became the mentor to many young riders who went on to race in World Finals. He also lent his voice to television, becoming a respected speedway commentator in England and Europe, as well as the USA.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  2. ^ Jacobs, Norman (2001). Speedway in London. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-2221-9
  3. ^ Belton, Brian (2003). Hammerin' Round. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-2438-6
  4. ^ Martin Rogers (1978). The Illustrated History of Speedway. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. ISBN 0-904584-45-3
  5. ^ Bott, Richard (1973) The Champions Book of Speedway No. 4, Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd., ISBN 0-09-116380-3, pp. 24–31
  6. ^ "Barry Briggs: The Ride". Retrieved 2010-03-04.