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Keith ‘Buck’ Ryan was born 1922 in a small village called Mittagone south of Sydney, the family moved to Sydney whilst he was still a child and he finished his education there leaving school to study Engineering. He was later employed by De Haverland Aircraft factory in Sydney as a tool maker.

His speedway career began at the Sydney Showground in 1945 shortly after World War II  and he was amongst the pioneer Australian speedway riders to arrive in England and he could be seen riding for Glasgow Tigers 1947 to 1949 and enjoyed a good deal of success in his native Australia. He made many appearances for his country in test matches and was for a period the Australian Captain.

I do not know when he retired from riding but I do know that he retained an interest in the sport and was involved in the encouragement of Junior riders and was president of the VSRA (Veteran Speedway Riders Association of Australia) 1994/95




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