Kelvin Tatum

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Kelvin Tatum
Born (1964-02-08) 8 February 1964 (age 53)
Epsom, Surrey, England, UK
Nationality  England
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Great Britain
1983-1984 Wimbledon Dons
1985-1990 Coventry Bees
1991 Berwick Bandits
1992-1993 Bradford Dukes
1994, 2002-2004 Arena Essex Hammers
1995, 1998 Poole Pirates
1996 London Lions
1997 Peterborough Panthers
Poland
1991-1992 Sparta Wrocław
Sweden
1989-1998 Örnarna
2000-2001 Indianerna
Individual honours
1987, 1990 British Champion
1987, 1988, 1990, 1992 Commonwealth Champion
1989 Intercontinental Champion
1991, 1997 Overseas Champion
1991, 1999 Australian Long track Grand Prix
1995, 1998, 2000 Long Track World Champion
1994, 1995 Ace of Aces Grasstrack Champion
1995 European Grasstrack Champion
1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 (shared) British Masters 500cc Solo Grasstrack Champion
1987, 1990 Pride of the East
Team honours
1989 World Team Cup winner
1987, 1988, 1995 British League champion
1992, 1993 British League KO Cup winner
1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 Elitserien champion

Kelvin Martin Tatum MBE (born 8 February 1964, in Epsom, Surrey) is a former British international motorcycle speedway and grasstrack rider.[1]

Career[edit]

Tatum attended Brighton College from 1977 to 1980.[2] He started riding speedway bikes at Hackney's training school at Hackney Wick Stadium in the winter of 1982-83. He was given his first team place at Hackney's rivals, Wimbledon Dons, riding in the top flight British League in 1983. He finished the season with an average of over six points per meeting.

In 1985 he signed for Coventry Bees, staying there for the next six seasons. Stints then followed at Berwick Bandits, Bradford Dukes, Arena Essex Hammers, Poole Pirates, Peterborough Panthers and the ill-fated London Lions, with brother Neville Tatum among his team-mates.

Tatum became British Champion twice; in 1987 and 1990. In 1990 Tatum was the highest placed British rider in the World Final at the Odsal Stadium in Bradford, finishing in 7th place with 9 points from his 5 rides. In the 1990 World Final qualifying rounds, Tatum had won the Commonwealth Final at the Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester. It was his third Commonwealth Final win after having done so in 1987 and 1988. Tatum would add a fourth Commonwealth crown to his trophy cabinet in 1992.

Longtrack and grasstrack[edit]

Later in Tatum's career, he turned his attention to grasstrack and longtrack to much success. He won the World Long Track Championship three times, in 1995, 1998 and 2000, and missed out on a fourth title in 2004 when his bike broke down whilst leading the final. Tatum was also the European Grasstrack Champion in 1995 and British Grasstrack Champion four times: in 1996, 1999, 2000 and jointly in 2001, and was almost unbeatable in domestic grasstrack events in the latter stage of his career, winning 4 British Masters Championships. Fittingly, Tatum won his last ever grasstrack event, the Bonfire Burnup in 2006 at Collier Street in Kent.

Kelvin Tatum also won the Australian Long track Grand Prix in 1991 at the 800 metres (870 yards) Bathurst Showground,[3] and again in 1999 at the Tamworth Showground.

After retirement[edit]

Kelvin is now a television presenter, appearing on Sky Sports speedway programmes as a presenter and commentator and is currently the lead expert commentator for Speedway Grand Prix and Speedway World Cup broadcasts. He began commentating when taking a break from the sport, but continued when he returned to ride for the Arena Essex Hammers in 2002. He was awarded an MBE in the 2003 New Year Honours list.[2]

World Final appearances[edit]

Individual World Championship[edit]

World Pairs Championship[edit]

World Team Cup[edit]

British Speedway Championship[edit]

Finals

World Longtrack Championship[edit]

Finals

Grand-Prix

  • 1998 - 5 apps (Champion) 104pts
  • 1999 - 5 apps (Third) 79pts
  • 2000 - 5 apps (Champion) 102pts
  • 2001 - 4 apps (Second) 76pts
  • 2002 - 5 apps (Second) 96pts
  • 2003 - 6 apps (Second) 120pts
  • 2004 - 5 apps (Second) 101pts
  • 2005 - 2 apps (11th) 34pts

World Longtrack Best Grand-Prix Results

European Grasstrack Championship[edit]

Finals

1995 Netherlands - Joure (Champion) 24pts

2004 Netherlands - Eenrum (Did not start)

British Masters Grasstrack Championship[edit]

Podium Finishes

1993 England Third @ Tonbridge & Wimborne

1994 England Third @ Severn Valley & Tonbridge

1995 England Second @ North Berks & Severn Valley

1996 England First @ Andover & North Berks

1997 England Second @ Wainfleet & Andover

1999 England First @ North Berks

2000 England First @ Astra

2001 England Equal First @ North Berks with Glenn Cunningham

2003 England Third @ Astra

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  2. ^ a b "Kelvin Tatum MBE (B. 1977-80)". Old Brightonian Association. 2004. Archived from the original on 21 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  3. ^ 1990/91 Australian Long Track GP Final
  4. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5