This is a rare snap of the 1970 New Zealand championship presentation at Western Springs. Left is the winner Chris Bailey from England. He beat Bill Andrew (not Bob Andrews) in the run-off. Next to him is Bryce Subritzky who was third. The young lady wearing the 2nd place sash, I don't know. Right is Ian Fullerton, the control board secretary.
Bill Andrew was unable to be there as he was on the way to hospital, being injured in the run-off, requiring stitches to his foot.
The snap comes from the collection of the late Bruce Kent.
This article was first published on 29th October 2009
"Chris Bailey was a New Zealander who rode for Rochdale in 1970."
"I don't think Chris Bailey was born in New Zealand, he rode for England and made his debut at Belle Vue for the Colts in 1968."
"My misinformation regarding Chris Bailey's nationality came from a photo caption in the 1971 Webster's Speedway Mirror that says "Not many riders who compete in Division 2 can claim to have won a national title. Chris Bailey is one however taking the New Zealand Championship in 1969-1970". So I'd been under the impression since then that he was a New Zealander. Of course nationalities have never counted for a great deal in speedway. This was the era when Ivan Mauger and Barry Briggs rode for Great Britain in the World Team Cup."
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