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Dick Tolley, born 19th October 1916 in Grafton Flyford, Worcestershire, eldest of three brothers.

He began his career at Belle Vue in 1938 riding that year and the next until World War II interrupted all but speedway open meeting, most of the riders being called for military duty.

Returning after the war to racing at Birmingham in 1946 he introduced to Birmingham, in 1947, his younger brother Les Tolley.

Dick rode for Birmingham in 1947,1948 and 1949 before moving to Tamworth in 1950 before joining his younger brothers Les and Jim at Cradley for the 1951 and 52 seasons.

The riding skills of Dick Tolley were not exclusive to Dirt track (speedway) as he was also very competitive in the disciplines of hill climbs, grasstrack, motorcycling trials, and scrambling. He was known amongst his peers as great company and the practical joker.

Richard “Dick” Tolley died at the early age of 47 in the early 1960’s.


‘Dick’ Tolley

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