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Alan Hunt (speedway rider)

Alan Hunt (speedway rider): “

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{{Infobox Speedway rider
| image = [[Image:Replace this image male.svg|150px]] <!– Only freely-licensed images may be used to depict living people. See [[WP:NONFREE]]. –>
| ridername= Alan Hunt
| nationality = {{flagicon|ENG}} England
| dateofbirth = 1925
| dateofdeath = 2 February 1957
| nickname = Whacker
| cityofbirth = [[Aston]]
| countryofbirth = [[England]]
| retired = Retired
| career = [[Cradley Heath Heathens]]<br />[[Birmingham Brummies]]
| years = 1947-1950<br />1951-1956
| indivhonour = None
| indivyear =
| teamhonour = [[Speedway National League|National League Champions]]
| teamyear = 1937

”’Alan Hunt”’ (born 1925 [[Aston]], [[England]] – died 2 February 1957)<ref name=bl>Buck, B (2007) ”Brummies Legends”, Pendragon Books. ISBN 0-9541671-2-0</ref> was an international [[motorcycle speedway]] rider who qualified fo the [[Speedway World Championship]] final four times.<ref name=hsc>Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). ”A History of the World Speedway Championship”. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5</ref>

Hunt attended [[Tiger Stevenson]]s training school in the winter of 1946-47 and impressed so much he was given the reserve berth with the [[Cradley Heath Heathens]] for the 1947 season who were competing in the [[Speedway National League Division Two|National League Division Two]]. After his fourth season with the Heathens, Hunt was averaging over ten points per meeting and it was not surprising that he was attracting the attention of top flight teams.

In 1951, the [[Harringay Racers (speedway)|Harringay Racers]] thought they had a deal with the Heathens to sign Hunt on a full transfer but at the last moment the [[Birmingham Brummies]] promotion took over the Heathens and transferred Hunt to them.

In his first season at Birmingham he qualified for the World Final but only manage two points. It signalled the start of his dislike of the Wembley track although it was similar to the Cradley Heath track he learnt his speedway skills on.

Hunt was also selected to ride for [[Great Britain national speedway team|England]], the highlight being a six ride, six win maximum against [[Australia national speedway team|Australia]] in 1956.

==World Final Appearances==
* [[1951 Individual Speedway World Championship|1951]] – {{Flag|GBR}} [[Wembley Stadium (1923)|Wembley]] – 16th – 2pts
* [[1953 Individual Speedway World Championship|1953]] – {{Flag|GBR}} [[Wembley Stadium (1923)|Wembley]] – 14th – 3pts
* [[1954 Individual Speedway World Championship|1954]] – {{Flag|GBR}} [[Wembley Stadium (1923)|Wembley]] – Res – Did not ride
* [[1956 Individual Speedway World Championship|1956]] – {{Flag|GBR}} [[Wembley Stadium (1923)|Wembley]] – 11th – 6pts<ref name=hsc>Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). ”A History of the World Speedway Championship”. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5</ref>

On 1 February 1957 Hunt was riding in a meeting in [[South Africa]], where he was planning on emigrating and only living in the UK during the speedway season, when he fell and was hit by the machine of the folowing rider, fracturing his skull. He was rushed to hospital but died in the early hours of 2 February. He was only thirty one years old.


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[[Category:1925 births]]
[[Category:1957 deaths]]
[[Category:English motorcycle racers]]
[[Category:Motorcycle racers killed while racing]]
[[Category:Speedway riders]]
[[Category:Birmingham Brummies riders]]
[[Category:Cradley Heath Heathens riders]]

(Via Wikipedia – New pages [en].)

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