1974 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1974 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1974 Individual Speedway World Championship.

Sweden's own Anders Michanek scored a 15-point maximum to claim his only Individual world title in front of a capacity crowd at the Ullevi stadium in Göteborg. Four time champion Ivan Mauger finished second on 11 points after winning a run-off with Swede Sören Sjösten who also scored 11. With the defending champion Jerzy Szczakiel not qualifying after finishing last in the 2nd Continental Semi-final, the only other World Champion in the field was Denmark's Ole Olsen who suffered a horror night, finishing second in his first ride before falling in his second and not being able to contest the rest of the meeting.[1]

British Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Preliminary Round
1 April United KingdomScunthorpe United Kingdom Reg Luckhurst United Kingdom Russ Osborne United Kingdom Mike Hiftle
5 April United KingdomWorkington United Kingdom Alan Cowland United Kingdom Dave Gatenby United Kingdom Brian Clark
21 April United KingdomEastbourne Australia Phil Herne United Kingdom Mike Sampson United Kingdom Mike Cake
22 April United KingdomCrewe United Kingdom Carl Glover United Kingdom Mike Broadbanks United Kingdom Richard Greer
23 April United KingdomEllesmere Port United Kingdom Barry Crowson United Kingdom Richard May United Kingdom Ken Eyre
29 April United KingdomExeter New Zealand Ivan Mauger New Zealand Barry Briggs Australia Phil Herne
30 April United KingdomLeicester United Kingdom Terry Betts United Kingdom Malcolm Simmons United Kingdom Dave Jessup
1 May United KingdomPoole United Kingdom Peter Collins United Kingdom Dave Jessup United Kingdom Eric Broadbelt
1 May United KingdomHull Australia John Boulger United Kingdom Nigel Boocock Scotland Jim McMillan
2 May United KingdomSheffield Australia Bob Valentine United Kingdom Bob Paulson United Kingdom Ray Wilson
2 May United KingdomOxford United Kingdom Bob Kilby United Kingdom Malcolm Simmons United Kingdom Eric Boocock
2 May United KingdomIpswich United Kingdom John Louis United Kingdom Nigel Boocock Australia Billy Sanders
4 May United KingdomKings Lynn United Kingdom Malcolm Simmons New Zealand Ivan Mauger United Kingdom Tony Davey
4 May United KingdomHalifax United Kingdom Eric Boocock United Kingdom Kevin Holden United Kingdom Rick France
9 May United KingdomWimbledon New Zealand Barry Briggs United Kingdom Neil Cameron United Kingdom Richard May
10 May United KingdomWolverhampton Australia Billy Sanders United Kingdom Rick France United Kingdom George Hunter
10 May WalesNewport Australia Phil Crump United Kingdom Ray Wilson United Kingdom Geoff Mudge
10 May United KingdomHackney United Kingdom John Louis United Kingdom Barry Thomas United Kingdom Bob Kilby
11 May United KingdomCradley Heath Australia Billy Sanders Australia Bruce Cribb Australia John Boulger
11 May United KingdomCoventry Australia Bob Valentine United Kingdom Nigel Boocock United Kingdom Gordon Kennett
11 May United KingdomBelle Vue United Kingdom Chris Pusey United Kingdom Bob Kilby United Kingdom Barry Crowson
15 May United KingdomSwindon United Kingdom John Louis United Kingdom Martin Ashby United Kingdom Eric Broadbelt
Semi-Finals
21 May United KingdomLeicester United Kingdom John Louis United Kingdom Peter Collins United Kingdom Ray Wilson
30 May United KingdomSheffield United Kingdom Dave Jessup United Kingdom Ray Wilson Scotland Jim McMillan
Final
12 June United KingdomCoventry United Kingdom Eric Boocock United Kingdom Terry Betts United Kingdom Dave Jessup

British Final[edit]

  • June 12, 1974
  • United Kingdom Coventry
  • First 10 to British-Nordic Final plus 1 reserve
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21
1 United Kingdom (14) Eric Boocock 13 3 3 2 2 3 13 1
2 United Kingdom (11) Terry Betts 12 3 3 2 2 2 12 2
3 United Kingdom (8) Dave Jessup 11 3 1 3 1 3 11 3
4 Australia (5) John Boulger 10 2 3 3 2 0 10 4
5 New Zealand (13) Ivan Mauger 9 2 E 3 3 1 9 5
6 United Kingdom (1) Nigel Boocock 8 2 2 0 3 1 8 6
7 Scotland (7) Jim McMillan 8 1 2 1 1 3 8 7
8 United Kingdom (12) Peter Collins 8 0 3 2 0 3 8 8
9 United Kingdom (16) John Louis 8 0 0 3 3 2 8 9
10 United Kingdom (4) Ray Wilson 7 1 2 T 3 1 7 10
11 New Zealand (6) Barry Briggs 6 0 1 1 2 2 6 11
12 Australia (10) Billy Sanders 5 1 2 1 1 0 5 12
13 United Kingdom (15) Malcolm Simmons 5 1 E 1 1 2 5 13
14 United Kingdom (9) Ray Wilson 4 2 1 X F 1 4 14
15 Australia (2) Bob Valentine 3 3 X F E - 3 15
16 United Kingdom (3) Martin Ashby 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 16
R1 United Kingdom (R1) Frank Smith 0 0 0 R1
R2 United Kingdom (R2) Roger Hill 0 0 0 R2
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

Scandinavian Qualifications[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Qualifications
27 April DenmarkHillerod Denmark Nils Nilsen Denmark Preben Rosenkilde Denmark Bent Noregaard
1 May SwedenVisby Sweden Christer Löfqvist Sweden Bengt Jansson Sweden Tomas Pettersson
1 May SwedenMalilla Sweden Tommy Johansson Sweden Bo Wirebrand Sweden Christer Sjosten
1 May SwedenGislaved Sweden Soren Sjosten Sweden Bernt Persson Sweden Terje Henriksson
28 May SwedenStockholm Sweden Soren Sjosten Sweden Anders Michanek Sweden Christer Löfqvist
29 May SwedenNorrköping Sweden Anders Michanek Sweden Soren Sjosten Sweden Christer Löfqvist
30 May SwedenGöteborg Sweden Anders Michanek Sweden Bengt Jansson Sweden Tommy Jansson
Final
9 June FinlandTampere Denmark Ole Olsen Norway Dag Lovaas Finland Matti Olin

Scandinavian Final[edit]

  • 9 June 1974
  • Finland Tampere
  • First 6 to British-Nordic Final plus 1 reserve
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Denmark Ole Olsen 15
2 Norway Dag Lovaas 14
3 Finland Matti Olin 11
4 Denmark Bent Noregaard 10
5 Norway Reidar Eide 9
6 Finland Kari Vuoristo 9
7 Norway Oyvind Berg 8
8 Norway Edgar Stangeland 8
9 Denmark Preben Rosenkilde 7
10 Norway Jan Gravningen 6
11 Norway Ulf Lovaas 6
12 Denmark Kaj Kristensen 5
13 Finland Pekka Paljakka 4
14 Norway Svein Lokken 4
15 Norway Kjell Gimre 3
16 Denmark Nils Nilsen 0
R1 Finland ?. Eklund 1

Interconinental Round[edit]

Nordic-British Final[edit]

  • August 4, 1974
  • Denmark Fredericia
  • First 8 to European Final
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21
1 Denmark (8) Ole Olsen 14 3 3 3 3 2 14 1
2 New Zealand (5) Ivan Mauger 13 2 2 3 3 3 13 2
3 United Kingdom (16) John Louis 10 3 0 3 2 2 10 3
4 United Kingdom (2) Terry Betts 10 3 3 1 2 1 10 4
5 United Kingdom (12) Peter Collins 10 3 1 2 3 1 10 5
6 United Kingdom (9) Dave Jessup 10 2 E 2 3 3 10 6
7 United States (4) Scott Autrey 9 2 2 1 2 2 9 7
8 Norway (7) Dag Lovaas 9 1 3 3 2 E 9 8
9 Australia (1) John Boulger 8 1 3 1 E 3 8 9
10 Scotland (6) Jim McMillan 8 0 2 2 1 3 8 10
11 Norway (13) Reidar Eide 7 1 1 2 1 2 7 11
12 Denmark (14) Bent Noregaard 6 2 1 1 1 1 6 12
13 United Kingdom (15) Nigel Boocock 2 0 1 0 E 1 2 13
14 Finland (11) Matti Olin 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 14
15 United Kingdom (3) Eric Boocock 0 F - - - - 0 15
16 Finland (10) Kari Vuoristo 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 16
R1 United Kingdom (R1) Ray Wilson 3 2 1 3 R1
R2 Norway (R2) Oyvind Berg 0 0 0 0 R2
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

Continental Round[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Qualifying Round
1 May West GermanyBremen Czechoslovakia Jan Klokočka West Germany Egon Muller Netherlands Henny Kroeze
5 May ItalyLonigo  ?  ?  ?
Quarter-Finals
18 May CzechoslovakiaPrague Soviet Union Mikhail Krasnov Soviet Union Viktor Trofimov Soviet Union Vladimir Zapleshny
19 May Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaLubljana Poland Zenon Plech Poland Edward Jancarz Netherlands Henny Kroeze
19 May East GermanyKrumbach Poland Henryk Glucklich Poland Jerzy Szczakiel West Germany Manfred Poschenrieder
19 May HungaryDebrecen Soviet Union Grigory Khlinovsky Poland Andrzej Jurczynski Poland Marek Cieślak
Semi-Finals
2 June PolandWrocław Poland Edward Jancarz Soviet Union Vladimir Gordeev Soviet Union Mikhail Krasnov
2 June East GermanyNorden Poland Henryk Glucklich Soviet Union Mikhail Starostin Poland Marek Cieślak
Continental Final
23 June Soviet UnionTolyatti Soviet Union Vladimir Gordeev Soviet Union Mikhail Starostin Poland Zenon Plech
European Final
31 August United KingdomWembley United Kingdom Peter Collins Denmark Ole Olsen New Zealand Ivan Mauger

Continental Final[edit]

  • June 23, 1974
  • Soviet Union Tolyatti
  • First 8 to European Final
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21
1 Soviet Union (10) Vladimir Gordeev 12 3 3 1 3 2 12 1
2 Soviet Union (1) Mikhail Starostin 11 3 3 0 2 3 11 2
3 Poland (4) Zenon Plech 11 F 3 3 3 2 11 3
4 Soviet Union (11) Mikhail Krasnov 10 2 3 2 3 0 10 4
5 Soviet Union (3) Anatoly Kuzmin 10 2 2 3 0 3 10 5
6 Poland (7) Jan Mucha 9 2 1 E 3 3 9 6
7 Poland (13) Edward Jancarz 9 3 X 2 2 2 9 7
8 Soviet Union (14) Grigory Khlinovsky 8 1 1 2 1 3 8 8
9 Poland (5) Ryszard Fabiszewski 8 3 2 1 1 1 8 9
10 Soviet Union (15) Valery Gordeev 7 2 0 3 2 E 7 10
11 Soviet Union (6) Vladimir Zapleshny 6 1 0 3 1 1 6 11
12 Poland (16) Marek Cieślak 5 0 1 1 2 1 5 12
13 Poland (8) Henryk Glucklich 3 0 2 X 1 X 3 13
14 Soviet Union (9) Aleksandr Pavlov 3 0 1 0 E 2 3 14
15 Poland (12) Bernard Jader 3 1 0 2 0 0 3 15
16 Poland (2) Zbigniew Filipiak 2 E 2 0 0 0 2 16
R1 West Germany (R1) Josef Angemuller 0 0 R1
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

European Final[edit]

Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21
1 United Kingdom (15) Peter Collins 13 3 2 3 3 2 13 1 3
2 Denmark (2) Ole Olsen 13 3 3 2 3 2 13 2 2
3 New Zealand (4) Ivan Mauger 13 2 3 3 2 3 13 3 1
4 Soviet Union (8) Vladimir Gordeev 11 2 2 3 1 3 11 4
5 United Kingdom (12) John Louis 10 3 0 1 3 3 10 5
6 Poland (14) Zenon Plech 10 2 2 2 2 2 10 6
7 United Kingdom (11) Dave Jessup 8 E 3 3 2 0 8 7
8 Norway (7) Dag Lovaas 7 3 1 0 E 3 7 8
9 Soviet Union (16) Grigory Khlinovsky 7 F 1 2 3 1 7 9
10 United Kingdom (5) Terry Betts 6 0 3 0 2 1 6 10
11 Soviet Union (13) Mikhail Krasnov 6 1 1 2 0 2 6 11
12 Poland (10) Edward Jancarz 5 2 1 1 1 0 5 12
13 United States (6) Scott Autrey 3 1 0 1 0 1 3 13
14 Soviet Union (9) Mikhail Starostin 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 14
15 Soviet Union (3) Anatoly Kuzmin 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 15
16 Poland (1) Jan Mucha 0 - - - - - 0 16
R1 Scotland (R1) Jim McMillan 2 1 0 1 2 R1
R2 Australia (R2) John Boulger 3 2 1 3 R2
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

World Final[edit]

Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21
1 Sweden (10) Anders Michanek 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
2 New Zealand (1) Ivan Mauger 11 2 2 3 2 2 11 2 3
3 Sweden (13) Sören Sjösten 11 3 3 1 1 3 11 3 2
4 United Kingdom (16) John Louis 9 1 3 0 2 3 9 4
5 Sweden (8) Bengt Jansson 9 2 1 3 3 R 9 5
6 United Kingdom (15) Peter Collins 9 2 2 2 2 1 9 6
7 Sweden (7) Tommy Johansson 8 3 0 0 3 2 8 7
8 Poland (11) Zenon Plech 8 0 3 1 2 2 8 8
9 Sweden (4) Christer Löfqvist 8 3 2 2 1 R 8 9
10 Soviet Union (6) Grigory Khlinovsky 6 1 0 2 3 F 6 10
11 Norway (12) Dag Lövaas 6 1 0 3 1 1 6 11
12 United Kingdom (5) Terry Betts 6 0 1 1 1 3 6 12
13 United Kingdom (14) Dave Jessup 5 0 2 2 0 1 5 13
14 Soviet Union (2) Mikhail Krasnov 3 1 1 R 0 1 3 14
15 Denmark (9) Ole Olsen 2 2 F - - - 2 15
16 Soviet Union (3) Vladimir Gordeev 0 0 F - - - 0 16
R1 Sweden (R1) Tommy Jansson 3 1 0 0 2 3 R1
R2 Poland (R2) Edward Jancarz 1 1 0 0 1 R2
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos 21

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1974 Individual Speedway World Championship
  2. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5

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