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John Louis born in Ipswich on the 14th June 1941 known during his speedway career as "Tiger" however it was scrambling that was to be his first competitive motorcycle sport.

Ipswich Foxhall Stadium, John’s local stadium was too much of a temptation when the reopening was anounced and in the second year 1970 John was to be seen riding for the Ipswich Witches at the age of 28 and although it was a change of sport those whatching would never have guessed as by the end of his second season he was toping the national Second Division averages.

1972 season and Ipswich Witches joined the First Division when they took over the West Ham licence and John progressed with them.  The Witches team gathered strength and became the British League Champions in 1975 & 76 under John’s captaincy also winning the British League KO Cup in 1976 & 1978. John Louis in partnership with Malcolm Simmons were World Pairs Champions in 1976.

John stayed with Ipswich until 1980 where he had been for 10 years give or take a few rides for Newport Wasps and West Ham in 1970 then in the following year visits to Oxford Cheetahs and Wembley Lions thereafter he rode only for Ipswich Wiches apart that is from a few Speedway World Final Appearences in 1972, 74, 75 & 86 at which he achieved a 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place and riding on many occasions as part of the England Team.

1981 saw John join the Halifax Dukes  for a couple of seasons before joining the Kings Lynn Stars for the next two seasons and retiring at the end of the 1984 season.

Following his retirement from racing he became the promoter of Ipswich speedway and remains so to this day (2013) his son Chris being the Speedway Manager

John Louis

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