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Syd (Sid) Jackson, born, we think, in 1908 in Warwickshire, he began his interest in motorcycles sport with TT racing although he must have been a very young rider and if he was born in 1908 as we believe he was only 20 when he began to ride speedway at the same time as speedway began in the UK, 1928 riding in many of the Leicester Stadium meeting in that first full year of competitive dirt tract riding and continuing as the Leicester Stadium team captain during 1929, 1930 and 1931 when the stadium closed. Moving to Coventry for one season but then to Wimbledon where he spent the next five years.

Details of his speedway career may be sparse but I would welcome any information anyone may have (see below for details of how to contact me) However sparse his details it would seem his success was marked by his trophies, in 1929 he is said to have won fourteen individual titles although the only one I have the name of was the Leicestershire Championship which he also won in 1930. He reached the final of the Star Riders’ Championship five times during the first five years of the 1930’s, and he gained a place in the England team for four test series, England v Australia.

Apart from speedway he had a strong interest in aircraft missing part of the 1931 speedway season in order to obtain is pilots licence and then in 1934 in a specially adapted Avro Avian he flew from Croydon to Australia.

Syd Jackson

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