Kenny Carter

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Kenny Carter
Personal information
Nationality  England
Date of birth (1961-03-28)28 March 1961
Place of birth    Halifax, England
Date of death    21 May 1986(1986-05-21) (aged 25)
Current club information
Career history
Newcastle Diamonds
Halifax Dukes
Bradford Dukes
Individual honours
British Champion
British League Riders' Champion
1984, 1985
1981, 1982
Team honours
World Pairs Champion 1983

Kenneth 'Kenny' Malcolm Carter (28 March 1961 – 21 May 1986), was a world class speedway rider. He rode for Newcastle Diamonds (1978), Halifax Dukes (1979–85) and Bradford Dukes (1986).[1]

Carter was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He was widely regarded as a future World Champion and become the World Pairs Champion with Peter Collins in 1983. He took on six-time World Champion Ivan Mauger as his manager in 1981 who set him up with a Weslake bike and Carter qualified for the 1981 World Final. He finished 5th in 1981 and repeated the result in 1982 in Los Angeles after a controversial Heat 14 exclusion following a coming together with defending champion (and eventual 1982 winner) Bruce Penhall in which Carter fell and was excluded for being the reason the race had to be stopped (Carter slid through the fence). Amazingly, Kenny finished 5th again in 1983.

Kenny Carter also won the British League Riders' Championship in 1981 and 1982.[2]

Carter was British Champion in 1984 and 1985, and later that year appeared as a television commentator alongside Dave Lanning for the 1985 World Final at the Odsal Stadium in Bradford. Less than one year later, Carter shot dead his wife, Pamela, before turning the gun on himself at their home, Grey Horse Farm, in Bradshaw, West Yorkshire.[3]

Carter was the older brother of Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Alan Carter.

World Final Appearances[edit]

Speedway World Pairs Championship[edit]

Speedway World Team Cup[edit]


  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  2. ^ Oakes, P & Rising, P (1986). 1986 Speedway Yearbook. ISBN 0-948882-00-X
  3. ^ MacDonald, T.(2007). The Kenny Carter Story. ISBN 0-9551176-3-1

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