Born in Parkstone, Dorset on the 23rdAugust 1934 his speedway career started at Matchams Park training track in December 1950 where his natural ability was there for all to see, many tracks were keen to sign him but not unnaturally he decided to join his local track Poole in 1951 he was 16.
At his first meeting he took three rides and three wins securing a place in thePoole Piratesteam he really did seem to need little time to establish himself as within his first month of so as a rider he had an established team place and had been called to international duties and his team topped their League, the National League 3.
Remaining with Poole for the 1952 season he was again in the team that was to win league honours but this time it was theNational League2 and his personal achievement took him to qualifying for theWorld Finalat Wembley a fantastic story book achievement from training track to World Final in less than 18 months.
1953 and Poole now at the top of the National League but not allowed by theSpeedway Control Boardto progress to theBritish League, leaving Brian with no opportunity to progress without moving on from his local team which is what he did taking a place withWembley Lions. There followed three more years with the Lions, three more World Final Appearances the one in 1954 resulting in a second place runner up to Ronnie Moore, in 1956 he won the prestigious London Riders’ Championship. Also in 1956 speedway racing at Wembley ceased andBrian Crutchermoved back nearer home this time to join Southampton Saints for the 1957 season.
Brian stayed withSouthampton Saintuntil 1959 when after a short but glittering career he retired from speedway riding, he is now resident in Dorset with an interest in the motor trade, he is a respected member of theWorld Speedway Riders’ Association.