John Louis (speedway rider)

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This article is about the Speedway rider and promoter. For the businessman and U.S. ambassador, see John J. Louis, Jr. For the British admiral, see Sir John Louis, 2nd Baronet.
John Louis
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Born (1941-06-14) 14 June 1941 (age 75)
Ipswich, England
Nickname Tiger
Nationality  England
Current club information
Career status retired
Career history
1970-80 Ipswich Witches
1970 Newport Wasps
1970 West Ham Hammers
1971 Oxford Cheetahs
1971 Wembley Lions
1981-82 Halifax Dukes
1983-84 King's Lynn Stars
Individual honours
1971 British League Div II Riders' Champion
1975 British Champion
1976 Southern Riders' Champion
1979 British League Riders' Champion
1971, 1978, 1979 Second City Trophy
1972, 1979 Star of Anglia
1974 Superama
1975 Pride of the East
1975, 1978 Golden Sovereign
1975 Golden Gauntlets
Team honours
1970, 1971 British League Div II KO Cup winner
1972, 1974, 1975 World Team Cup Winner
1975, 1976 British League Champion
1976, 1978 British League KO Cup winner
1976 World Pairs Champion
1976, 1977 British League Pairs Champion
1976 Spring Gold Cup

John "Tiger" Louis (born 14 June 1941)[1] is an England international Motorcycle speedway rider who rode for Ipswich, Newport, West Ham, Oxford, Wembley, Halifax and King's Lynn during his career. He is the father of Great Britain International Chris Louis.

Career history[edit]

Ipswich born Louis started his motorcycling career in scrambling and was tempted to have a go at speedway when Ipswich re-opened in 1969. He made his debut in 1970 and by the following year topped the national Second Division averages. In 1972 Ipswich gained admission to the top flight by purchasing West Ham's licence and Louis spearheaded the Witches team, making his World Final debut at London's Wembley Stadium in 1972, finishing in 5th place.

Louis finished fourth at the 1974 World Final at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden and improved to third in the 1975 World Final at Wembley and was part of the Great Britain Speedway World Team Cup winning teams of 1972 and 1973 and England's 1974 and 1975 teams

John Louis was World Pairs Champion in 1976 with Malcolm Simmons and finished sixth in his last World Final appearance in Poland. He also captained Ipswich to the British League title in 1975 and 1976. Louis was also the British Champion in 1975 (Chris Louis would win the British Championship in 1998 and 2000 making them the first father-son to do so).

He was British League Division Two Riders Champion in 1971 and British League Riders Champion in 1979. In 1981 Louis joined Halifax, spending two seasons at The Shay before signing for a season at King's Lynn in 1983. He retired from riding in 1984 and is now the promoter of the Ipswich Witches.

World Final Appearances[edit]

Individual World Championship[edit]

World Pairs Championship[edit]

World Team Cup[edit]

* 1972 for Great Britain. All others for England.


  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6

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