Frank Arthur

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Frank Arthur
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Date of birth (1908-12-12)12 December 1908
Place of birth    Lismore, New South Wales
Date of death    11 September 1972(1972-09-11) (aged 63)
Place of death    Sydney, New South Wales
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Harringay Canaries/Tigers
Stamford Bridge Pensioners
1929, 1934-1935
1930-1932
Individual honours
Overseas Star Riders' Champion 1929
Team honours
National Association Trophy 1932

Harold Frank Milton Arthur (born 12 December 1908 in Lismore, New South Wales - died 11 September 1972 in Sydney)[1] was a former international motorcycle speedway rider who won the first Star Riders' Championship, the forerunner of the Speedway World Championship, in 1929.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Arthur first had success in Australia, winning the Golden Helmet there in 1927.[4] He was one of the pioneers of speedway in the UK. He brought Max Grosskreutz over from Australia in 1929 and supplied Dicky Case and Ray Tauser with machines and support for fifty percent of their earnings. Arthur was considered to have the fastest bikes in British speedway in those early years.[4]

Arthur rode for the Harringay Canaries in 1929 and then Stamford Bridge Pensioners from 1930 until their closure in 1932. He returned to the UK in 1934 to ride again for the Harringay Tigers.[3] He also represented Australia in test matches against England from 1930 to 1934.[5]

He promoted speedway in the United States, and he was also involved in the business side of the sport in Australia, where he helped Max Grosskreutz to start his career.[4] He promoted at Sydney Royale before losing the lease in 1938. He solved this problem by building the speedway track at the Sydney Sports Ground next door. He also ran midget car circuits in Australia.[4]

Frank Arthur died of a heart attack in Sydney on 11 September 1972.

In 2007, Arthur was one of the inaugural 10 inductees into the Australian Speedway Hall of Fame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography of Frank Arthur
  2. ^ Jacobs, Norman (2001). Speedway in London. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-2221-9
  3. ^ a b Bamford, R. & Stallworthy, D. (2003) Speedway - The Pre War Years, Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2749-0
  4. ^ a b c d Sandys, Leonard (1948) Broadside to Fame! The Drama of the Speedways, Findon, p. 16
  5. ^ Foster, P. (2005) History of the Speedway Ashes, The History Press Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3468-3