This week I have mainly been watching some old films of Ice Speedway and reliving the Ice Speedway World Finals of years gone by - this sport must be the most dangerous and intense type of motorcycle sport known to man and I love it. To learn more about the sport there is a brief overview of what it's all about here and you can read a history of Ice Speedway on the FIM site right here.
Now to share some of my photographs of the Ice Speedway World Champions of the past 40 years.
|GABDRAKHMAN KADYROV - USSR:|
An Ice racing legend and the very first World Champion in 1966.
He won another 5 titles in 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972 and 1973. He also won the FIM Cup in 1964.
|BORIS SAMORODOV - USSR:|
Another legendary Ice Racer - Winner of the FIM cup in 1963, European Champion in 1965 and World Champion in 1967.
|ANTONIN SVAB - Czechoslovakia:|
Celebrating victory in 1970.
|MIROSLAV "MILAN" SPINKA - Czechoslovakia:|
World Champion in 1974.
This photo shows the rostrum at the 1982 qualifier at Eindhoven (Holland):
1st - Milan Spinka, 2nd -. Boris Bratchikov (USSR) and 3rd -
Vladimir Posrednikov (USSR).
|SERGEI TARABANKO - USSR:|
Four consecutive victories in 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978.
This picture was taken at Eindhoven in '79.
|ANATOLI BONDARENKO - USSR:|
The 1979 and 1980 World Champion flanked by Vladimir Ljubitsch (2nd) and Zdenek Kdruna (3rd)
(Photo by Stephan Jarivik)
* Anatoli's nephew Iliya Bondarenko will be seen on British shale in 2011 having signed to race for the new Premier League Leicester Lions team. Watch out for this exciting Russian rider over the course of the new season.
|BONDARENKO in action leading Hasse Johansson at Assen.|
|VLADIMIR LJUBITSCH - USSR:|
Made it to the top of the rostrum in 1981
|SERGEI KASAKOV - USSR: |
Champion of the World in 1982 and 1983.
(Photos of Kasakov are copyright of John Hipkiss)
|ERIK STENLUND - SWEDEN:|
The first rider to break the Soviet domination. A worthy World Champion in 1984 and 1988.
|YURI IVANOV - USSR:|
Three times a winner 1986, 1987 and 1992.
(action photo by David Lowes)
|NIKOLAI NISHENKO - USSR:|
The 1989 World Champion sadly lost his life racing on the ice in 1993.
(Photo by Norbert Ockenga)
|DIMITRI BULANKIN - Russia:|
World Champion in 2004