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Bengt Jansson, born in Stockholm, Sweden on the 9th January 1943.

Began his speedway career, not un-naturally, in his native country, riding for Getingarna from 1960 when he was 23; other Swedish clubs that Bengt has ridden for are Kaparna, Smederna, Skepparna, Rospiggarna he was riding those from 1960 until 1989 and at the same time he was riding for British teams as well.

In 1964 he was a member of the West Ham Hammers from mid June till the end of the season; he did not seem to take a ride for a British side during 1965 but appeared as a team member for Edinburgh Monarchs 1966 where he rode at 22 meetings.

1967 saw him join the Hackney Hawks where he stayed until 1973 riding every year with the exception of 1969. It would seem the Hackney track really suited Bengt Jansson and he started to use this to his advantage, seemingly overtaking or undertaking with ease and thrilling the supporters, always known for his elegant style, his abilities around the Waterden Road track were not just a pleasure to watch but produced satisfactory result.

There are no records to show he rode for a British team during 1974 but was riding for Reading Racers during 1975 again no riding records for 1976 but back at Racers for 1977 before moving on to Birmingham Brummies for the 1978 season which seems to be the last time he was team racing in the UK although he continued to race for Swedish teams until 1989.

Bengt qualified on 7 occasions for the World Speedway Final and achieved a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th  what a shame there was not a win as well, a fine set of results never the less.

Bengt Jansson won the London Riders’ Championship in 1971 and became Nordic Champion in 1972. Now retired he is a member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association.

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