Martin Ashby

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Martin Ashby
Martin Ashby Swindon.jpg
Born (1944-02-05) 5 February 1944 (age 73)
Nationality  England
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
1961-1967, 1971-1980 Swindon Robins
1968-1970 Exeter Falcons
1980 Reading Racers
Individual honours
1968 Scottish Open Champion
1974 Pride Of The Midlands Winner
1975 Superama
1976 The Laurels
Team honours
1968, 1975 World Team Cup Winner
1967, 1980 British League Champion
1967 Midland Cup

Martin Ashby (born 5 February 1944 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England)[1] is a former international speedway rider who reached the final of the Speedway World Championship in 1968. He also finished third in the Speedway World Pairs Championship in 1969 with Nigel Boocock and was a member of the Great Britain team that won the World Team Cups in 1968 and 1975. His brother David Ashby was a teammate for several years at Swindon


Ashby began his career with the Swindon Robins in 1961 but was moved on to the Exeter Falcons in 1968 by the speedway rider control committee. Three years later he returned to Swindon remained there for the rest of his career, apart from a short spell at Reading Racers in 1980 where he helped secure the title. Ashby was a regular England international. Ashby held the club record for most appearances (641) and points total (5,4765½) until 2008 when Leigh Adams overtook the points record.[2]

British Finalist (1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977) World Team Cup Champion (1968, 1975) 49 England Caps 21 GB Caps

Last rode end of season 1980 at Reading. Since retiring, has been running a motorcycle workshop: repairs, and tuning etc.

World Final Appearances[edit]

Individual World Championship[edit]

World Pairs Championship[edit]

* Unofficial World Championships.

World Team Cup[edit]

* 1968 and 1969 for Great Britain. All others for England.


  1. ^ Oakes, Peter; Mauger, Ivan OBE, MBE (1976). Who's Who of World Speedway. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. ISBN 0-904584-04-6. 
  2. ^ "The History Man". 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  3. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5

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