Ivan Mauger OBE MBE was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1939.
Arriving in the UK in 1957 with his new wife at the tender age of 17 he involved himself in the background work at Wimbledon Stadium helping to prepare the track, helping in the pits and taking second half rides he also had some experience of British speedway at Rye House and Eastbourne Eagles but returned home to New Zealand in 1958. He must however have retained his desire to achieve his dream because 1960/61 saw him contracted to ride at Rowley Park Speedway in Adelaide.
In 1963 Ivan returned to England complete with wife and small children but this time landed a team place with the Newcastle Diamonds where he remained till 1968.
1968 also saw him take his first World Speedway Champion title although during his career he won a total of 6 World crowns, a record.
In 1969 he joined Belle Vue Aces where he remained till 1972 winning the World Speedway Champion title again in 1969, 1970 & 1972, Long Track Champion in 1971 & 1972 along with British Champion 1968, 70, 71 & 72 – British League Riders’ Champion in 1971.
Moving south in 1973 to join the Exeter Falcons where again he added to his World Speedway Champion winning total by adding another to his tally in 1977 and the Long track title again in 1976. Leaving Exeter Falcons for Hull Vikings in 1978 winning his sixth World Speedway Champion title in 1979
He remained with Hull Vikings until 1981 but at 44 he returned to Exeter Falcons in 1984 before retiring after an incredible successful career. Still active in the speedway world being a member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association we were delighted to elect him president in 2007 – 2008