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Roger Wise


Born in the twenties in the Swindon area he was a good established grasstrack rider when he joined the Bristol Speedway team in 1946/7 when league team racing restarted after World War II.


He was a team member from then to 1950 when Bristol became promoted to the first division and Roger found riding in the higher league hard going loosing both form and confidence and in 1951 his team place.


However a move to Oxford riding in the second division saw confidence return enabling him to return to Bristol the following year, but Roger’s luck did not return as he was injured badly in a track accident at West Ham finding himself in hospital with head injuries and concussion and a number of weeks off the track.  


He did manage to return to Bristol and his place in the team but was not able to recover his form and retired at the end of the 1952 season


I understand that he and his brother, also a grasstrack rider, ran a bakery, starting with a shop in Highworth and then enlarging their business to a factory which I understand was situated at Upper Stratton and employed up to 400 people.


Roger Wise was a member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association formally the VSRA

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