Reginald Arthur Victor (Reg) Fearman born in Bow, London on 26/04/1933 and known far and wide as Fearless Fearman started his riding career in 1948 at West Ham Hammers and continued his career at Stoke Potters, Leicester Hunters, and Western Springs, Auckland.
He lists his best achievement as receiving his racing licence from the then Captain, Eric Chitty, at West Ham Speedway on his 16th birthday 26th April 1949 in front of 40,000 people. No wonder he remembers that with such pride it can't be many people who have had such a birthday party, 40,000 people would take some beating.
Reg has a good deal to be proud of in his long and illustrious speedway career, I'll let him tell it in his own words. Firstly, “my first public appearance at Rye House, 1st August 1948 scoring 11 points for The Holiday Cup won by Dennis Gray of Wimbledon. If I hadn't fallen off in one race, I would have had a run-
He continues with the next event that he remembers as having made him feel proud, “winning the Junior Conran Trophy at West Ham in 1949 with my mentor, Aub Lawson, winning the Senior. Next was a World Championship round at West Ham in 1949 with my name sandwiched between those of Vic Duggan and Jack Parker on all the advertising posters.”
Chronologically the next memory to make his chest swell with pride was receiving a letter from the then Manager of the Speedway Control Board, Major WW Fearnley, on the 17th August 1953 in which he wrote..... "On behalf of the Control Board, I want to congratulate you on this gallant action which is in the best traditions of our sport"....which referred to my laying down my machine on 14th August at Leicester when Johnny Reason of Coventry fell just in front of me. (If I had run over him, he may not have become the millionaire he did from his transport business!!!!!) Reg told me.
Reg continues, "I was on loan to Stoke Speedway from West Ham when doing my National Service 1951 -
When asked about his worse memory he replied; “several but the one which stands out in my memory is being knocked off by Ronnie Moore in a match race at West Ham, billed as the two 16 year olds, and waking upon the flood lit track surrounded by white coats with "The Dream of Olwyn" playing over the PA system -
Fearless Fearman retired from racing in 1961 but that was by no means the end of his involvement in Speedway even before he had hung up his leathers he had become involved in Promotion being a multi-
He was Chairman for the British Speedway Promoters' Association 1973, 74, 75, 76 79, 1983, 84.
Division Two Chairman 1968, 69, 70, 71, 72.
England Test Team Manager in Australia, for the Australian Series, 1973/74 and 1977/78
England World Team Cup and World Pairs Manager.
Great Britain Speedway Test Team Manager
England Speedway Test Match Rider
World Speedway Riders' Association President 1992.
Reg Fearman was also an active Committee Member of the WSRA until he moved to the South of France in 2004, he did remain a member of the association and has now returned to the UK.