Geoff Pymar

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Geoff Pymar
Personal information
Nationality  England
Date of birth (1912-02-14)14 February 1912
Place of birth    Eye, Suffolk, England
Date of death    2002
Current club information
Career history
Wimbledon Dons
New Cross Rangers
Harringay Racers
Bristol Bulldogs
Norwich Stars
Yarmouth Bloaters
Middlesbrough Bears
Wolverhampton Wolves
Bradford Panthers
1933-1939
1946-1948
1949-1950
1950-1955
1956-1957
1960
1961
1961
1962
Individual honours
None
Team honours
National League Champion
National Trophy Winner
London Cup Winner
1948
1938
1938, 1939, 1947

Geoffrey 'Geoff' Pymar (born 14 February 1912 Eye, Suffolk, England - died 2002)[1] was a former international motorcycle speedway rider who rode in the World Championship final in 1938.[2]

Career[edit]

Pymar was the son of a farmer.[3] After first racing motorcycles in 1931, he took up speedway in 1933, racing at Norwich that year.[3] Pymar started his career with the Norwich Stars, a non-league outfit, spotted by Wimbledon Dons and rode at the Wimbledon Stadium for seven seasons until the outbreak of World War II. In 1938 he was part of the Wimbledon team that won the National Trophy. Also in 1938 he competed in the World Championship Final at Wembley Stadium. In 1934, 1935 and 1939 Pymar represented England in Test Matches.[3]

After the war he joined New Cross Rangers and in 1948 was a member of their National League Championship winning team.[4] In 1949 he joined the Harringay Racers for a fee of over £1,200. The following season the newly promoted Bristol Bulldogs paid the Racers £1,000 for Pymar's services.

Pymar stayed with Bulldogs until they closed in 1955 and he was expected to retire. However in 1956 he joined the Norwich Stars and rode for two seasons. He did not ride in 1958 or 1959 but in 1960 he was signed by the Yarmouth Bloaters in the newly formed Provincial League. The Bloaters lasted just one season but Pymar was approached by the Middlesbrough Bears to ride for them. After starting the season with the Bears, the travelling became too much and Pymar was transferred to the Wolverhampton Wolves. He had one final season with the Bradford Panthers in 1962 before he finally retired.

World Final appearances[edit]

After retirement[edit]

Pymar became a golf caddy and was regularly seen on the tour with Tony Jacklin.[1] In 2002 he was voted as President of the Veteran Speedway Riders Association but died whilst in office.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2003) Bristol Bulldogs: 50 Greats, Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2865-9
  2. ^ a b Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  3. ^ a b c Morgan, Tom (1949) Who's Who in Speedway, Sport-in-Print, p. 62
  4. ^ Jacobs, N. (2008) Out of the Frying Pan, The History Press LTD ISBN 978-0-7524-4476-5