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Richard May (speedway rider)

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Richard May
Richard May.jpg
Portrait of Richard May, speedway rider. Rode for Reading Racers and Poole Pirates in the 1970s
Born(1944-05-08)May 8, 1944
Southampton, England
Nationality England
Career history
1969-1973Reading Racers
1974Poole Pirates
1975Reading Racers
1976-1977Poole Pirates
Individual honours
1967Southern Centre 350cc Solo Grasstrack
1970Stadium Trophy
1970Suffolk Open Championship
1970Argus Trophy
1970Peter Arnold Memorial Trophy
1970Reading Open Championship
1971Golden Helmet

Richard May was a speedway rider that rode for Reading Racers and Poole Pirates between 1969 and 1977.


Richard “Dickie” May (born 8 May 1944 in Southampton,England) is a former motorcycle speedway rider. He was the Southern Centre 350cc Solo Grasstrack champion in 1967.[1][2] In 1970 he was part of the Young England side that faced a Young Sweden side in the Division 2 Test Series tour[3][4] and won the individual titles of Stadium Trophy (8/6/1970), Suffolk Open Championship (2/7/1970), the Argus Trophy (5/7/1970), the Peter Arnold Memorial Trophy (10/8/1970) and the Reading Open Championship (7 /9/1970).[5] In 1971 he won the Golden Helmet from Ken Mckinlay.[6]

While riding for the Reading Racers he was part of the 1973 British League Champions team along with the regular septet of Peter Murray, Anders Michanek, Dag Lövaas, Geoff Curtis, Mick Bell and Bernie Leigh.[7][8]. He also rode for Poole Pirates.[9] While riding for the Pirates he competed in the preliminary round of the British Qualifiers of the 1974 Individual Speedway World Championship.

Speedway writer Arnie Gibbons (author of Tears and Glory ISBN:9780955845505) wrote in the Speedway Plus article We had Joy, We Had Fun that after a meet on the 5 October 1970, Richard had become his first speedway hero after scoring a 12 point full maximum which helped the Reading racers beat Eastbourne.[10]


  1. "Southern Centre Championships (350cc) - Grasstrack GB". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  2. "My motorbike was used by speedway hero - get reading". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  3. "A Tribute To Tommy Jansson His Race Heat Details For Great Britain - Robert Browne" (PDF). Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  4. "Young England v Young Sweden 27 July 1970 -". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  5. "British Speedway Official Website - British League Results (1960-1984) - 1970". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  6. Gibbons.A Tears and Glory ISBN:9780955845505
  7. "Speedway Star Clark.R p.14 March 2015". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  8. "Season 1973 -" (PDF). Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  9. Lawson,K (2018) “Riders, Teams and Stadiums”. ISBN 978-0-244-72538-9 Search this book on Logo.png.
  10. "We had Joy, We had Fun by Gibbons.A -". Retrieved 31 October 2018.

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