Ron Johnston

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This article is about the speedway rider. For the geographer, see Ron J. Johnston.
Ron Johnston
Personal information
Nationality  New Zealand
Date of birth (1930-12-31) 31 December 1930 (age 83)
Place of birth    Dunedin, New Zealand
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Belle Vue Aces 1950-1961
Individual honours
Johnnie Hoskins Trophy
New Zealand Champion
1959
1952
Team honours
Britannia Shield
National Trophy
1957, 1958, 1960
1958

Ron Johnston (born 31 December 1930) in Dunedin, New Zealand is a former speedway rider who rode for the Belle Vue Aces. He also rode in four World Finals (1955, 1957, 1958 and 1960) during his career finishing a best 5th in 1960.[1]

Career[edit]

Johnston began riding at the Tahuna Park track in Dunedin in 1949. He moved to England in 1950 and joined the Belle Vue Aces. In his first season he was at first loaned out to the Belfast Bees and the Sheffield Tigers before establishing himself as a member of the Belle Vue team. He captained the team from 1957 until his retirement at the end of 1961. Under his captaincy Belle Vue won the Britannia Shield three times, and the Daily Mail National Trophy in 1958.

Johnston won the 1952 New Zealand Championship, and he rode for Australasian teams in England and on the continent.

World Final Appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5