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Pete Saunders nicknamed Speedy, first took to his bike in earnest on a speedway track in 1967 for Rye House Rockets, following that he was to be seen riding the following tracks. 1968 Reading Racers, 1968 Oxford Cheaters, then in 1969 Crewe Kings on loan from Oxford.  For 1970, 1971 & 1972 at Peterborough Panthers also on loan from Oxford.

Asked about his achievements he includes riding in the Knockout Cup Final in 1969 for Crewe and at Peterborough in 1972 being captain of the team that came third in the division 2.

When Pete was asked of what he was most proud he thought he felt privileged rather than proud and he certainly felt privileged to have been part of speedway when it was the second most popular spectator sport.

He listed his worst memory as joining the "High Flyers Club at Peterborough" can only guess at what he meant exactly but would imagine that those who are riders or ex-riders will understand.

Pete Saunders retired from speedway riding in 1972 and is still involved with the sport as a committee member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association and at the associations annual dinner in 2010 he undertook to be its president.

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Pete Saunders