Mick Handleyborn in Dudley, Worcestershire on the 29thDecember, 1946, before he began his speedway career riding at Wolverhampton at the age of 20, I expect that he would have been interested in motorcycles and riding in motorcycle sport before then but I do not have any information.
1966 saw Mick in his first league match forWolverhampton Wolvesbut only the one meeting with disappointing results but to be fair he was a novice and it was, if I remember right, in the top league. However the next year he contested in 20 league meetings and in 1968 riding 20 meetings forWolverhampton Wolvesand 16 forCrayford Kestrels, he was, it seems, well on his way to a successful career.
Remaining withWolverhampton Wolvesfor the next two seasons but changing tracks 1971, riding for bothWest Ham HammersandCradley Heath Heathens, 1972 he rode exclusively for the Heathens.
A move away fromCradley Heathsaw him ride for three teams during 1973 – 22 matches forChesterton (Stoke) Potters, 17 forSwindon Robinsand 4 forLong Eaton Rangersbefore settling back at Swindon for the whole of 1974 however in 1975 he rode in just the one match atSwindonbefore moving on to ride the rest of the season back withStoke Potters.
In 1976 he became anOxford Cheetahand apart from a short trip toScunthorpein 1978, he stayed with Oxford until 1982. It seems from available records that he retired during the 1982 season but I have been unable to find out if this was because of an injury or for some other reason.