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Clive Hitch was born in 1933 in Hertfordshire and started his riding career at Rye House in 1958, yet another who benefited from the policy of the Rye House track to encourage the young rider.

Clive continued his profession, riding for the Chiswick Nomads and then the Rayleigh Rockets, leaving the Rockets for a brief visit to Exeter in 1961, at the time Exeter Falcons had a team depleted by injury, they welcomed him hoping he would help rescue what was becoming a serious situation for them. Imagine how delighted they must have been when on this first night riding for Exeter he scored 8 and soon after that in partnership with Geoff Mudge he was equal winner of a Best Pairs competition.

Sadly for Exeter his trip to the west of the country was short lived as he returned to Rayleigh Rockets moving on to Middlesbrough Bears.  His career continued with teams at Halifax Dukes, Long Eaton Invaders, Coventry Bees and Swindon Robins.

Clive Hitch known by many as 'Clive the Dive' or sometimes as 'Hitchy Dive' is able to look back at what he considers his best achievements whilst he was riding. Clive won a League Medal in 1960. Was Rayleigh/Rye House Champion in 1965 and winning the Knockout Cup at Coventry in 1967. But he is most proud of winning, with Barry Briggs, the Best Pairs at Long Eaton and riding for England in Cycle Speedway in 1956.

Would imagine that Clive was very proud when his son Martin took to the track and was doing well and very sad when Martin’s career was cut short, just as he was about to take a team place at Birmingham, by a road crash. Apart from that sadness his worst memory of his own riding career was being a rider in the race at Glasgow when Sven Kassa was killed. He would also like to forget, but can't, his crash at Rayleigh in 1960.

Clive is a member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association

Clive Hitch

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