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Mart Seiffert

Our First President - 1959 & 1960

John Chaplin found, on my behalf, Mike Terran, who lives in the USA whose mother knew Mart’s wife well. It does seem he was a very private person and only a little is known about his pioneering career.

Mike writes: “Mart was the husband of my mother's best friend. We used to see Mart and Sybil three or four times per year, they lived in Hollybush Hill in Snaresbrook. My mother used to tell me stories about Mart and his speedway days, simple stuff like how she remembers two speedway bikes in his garden shed for quite a few years, and how he claimed to have broken every bone in his body in his speedway days.

“Mart went to the VSRA dinners every year, and sent me a copy of the menus, the 40 Year Anniversary booklet from High Beech, and a VSRA badge.  I still have the badge after 40 years.

“He left speedway for his business interests. He had a very successful safety tread company in East London, and eventually opened a factory in Connecticut.  Neither of his two sons had any interest in speedway.  I vaguely recall that Mart died in the mid-1970s.

“He was an accomplished motorcycle competitor before speedway started in 1928. He has three unique speedway firsts:

   “He apparently rode in the first High Beech meeting (according to the Ogdens cigarette card in 1929)

   “He was the first captain of Wimbledon (Southern League 1929)

   “He was the first President of the Veteran Speedway Riders Association

“He appears to have ridden only from 1928-1930.  There are two photographs of him in Speedway News, one is a portrait in 1929 and another in early 1931 where he is with two Chelsea footballers as he had just signed for Stamford Bridge.”

- from Mike Terran  

Wimbledon Team - 1930

Billy Lamont, Jim Kempster, Ray Tauser, Len Parker, Dick Case, Mart Seiffert & Del Forster