31 December 1930 |
Dunedin, New Zealand
|Died||29 July 2014(aged 83)|
|Current club information|
|1950-1961||Belle Vue Aces|
|1959||Johnnie Hoskins Trophy|
|1952||New Zealand Champion|
|1957, 1958, 1960||Britannia Shield|
Ronald "Ron" Johnston (31 December 1930 – 29 July 2014) was a New Zealand 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.
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
- 1955 - London, Wembley Stadium - 12th - 6pts
- 1957 - London, Wembley Stadium - 6th - 9pts
- 1958 - London, Wembley Stadium - 8th - 8pts
- 1960 - London, Wembley Stadium - 5th - 10pts
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