Walter Hartley Phillips known asWal Phillipsto anyone with an interest in Speedway and Midget cars. He was born in 1908 in the London area, it seems with a natural ability when it came to things mechanical and was also very keen to be a racing motorcyclist. In his adult life he was to achieve both see Wal Phillips in the riders profiles.
Wal was fortunate enough to have an uncle who was a development engineer at the J A Prestwich Industries works the manufactures of the one bike engine everyone has heard of, the J.A.P. This company was at the forfront of developing the engine to be used in speedway being developed by Stan Greening, the original results did not prove satisfactory so Stan Greening and Wal Phillips stripped down his SpeedwayRudge, rebuilt the engine incorporation their ideas and Wal tried the machine out at a meeting at Stamford Bridge Staium – he broke the track record time. The J.A.P. remained the popular choice of riders until the middle of the 1960’s.
Wal continued to be involved in engineering becoming known for his fuel injection system used in motorcycles and small sporting cars.