Ronnie Moore (speedway rider)
8 March 1933 |
|Current club information|
|1950–63, 1969–72||Wimbledon Dons|
1956, 1962, 1968, 1969
London Riders' Champion
New Zealand Champion
Tom Farndon Memorial winner
|World Pairs Champion
National Trophy winner
British League KO Cup Winner
Moore was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1933. He moved with his family to New Zealand when he was still a child, and although he was born in Australia, Moore has always considered himself to be a New Zealander and always rode under the flag of his adopted home.
Moore began riding at the Aranui Speedway in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1949 at the age of 15. He moved to England and rode for the Wimbledon Dons from 1950 to 1956. In 1957 and 1958 he switched his attention to motor racing, but returned to ride for the Dons in late 1958 and stayed with them until 1963 when he decided to retire from racing after breaking his leg in a track crash. He began riding again in New Zealand in the mid-1960s and made a comeback with Wimbledon in 1969 and reached the World Final at the age of 36. In 1970 he won the World Pairs Championship with Ivan Mauger. He retired from racing in the British League at the end of 1972 but continued riding speedway until 1975 when he suffered severe head injuries in a crash at Jerilderie Park Speedway in New South Wales.
Moore won the New Zealand Championship in 1956, 1962, 1968 and 1969.
World Individual Championship
In 1950 at the age of 17, Moore was the youngest rider ever to qualify for the final of the Speedway World Championship. He won the championship in 1954 and again in 1959. He also finished runner up on three further occasions. His first win was all the more notable given the facts that he was still only 21 years of age, that he was riding with a broken leg and that he won with a maximum score.
World final appearances
- 1950 - London, Wembley Stadium - 10th - 7pts
- 1951 - London, Wembley Stadium - 4th - 11pts
- 1952 - London, Wembley Stadium - 4th - 10pts
- 1953 - London, Wembley Stadium - 6th - 9pts
- 1954 - London, Wembley Stadium - Winner - 15pts
- 1955 - London, Wembley Stadium - 2nd - 12pts + 3pts
- 1956 - London, Wembley Stadium - 2nd - 12pts
- 1958 - London, Wembley Stadium - 6th - 9pts
- 1959 - London, Wembley Stadium - Winner - 15pts
- 1960 - London, Wembley Stadium - 2nd - 14pts + 2pts
- 1961 - Malmö, Malmö Stadion - 6th - 10pts
- 1962 - London, Wembley Stadium - 5th - 9pts
- 1969 - London, Wembley Stadium - 11th - 6pts
- 1970 - Wroclaw, Olympic Stadium - Reserve - Did Not Ride
- 1971 - Göteborg, Ullevi - 10th - 5pts
Moore was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1985 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to speedway sport. The Canterbury Park Motorcycle Speedway was renamed the Moore Park Motorcycle Speedway in his honour and the Ronnie Moore race school operates out of the speedway.
- Dew, R. (1976). The Ronnie Moore Story. Christchurch: Pegasus Press. ISBN 0-908568-01-0
- Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
- London Gazette (supplement), No. 50155, 14 June 1985. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- "Moore a legend on so many fronts". The Press. 22 March 2014.