Bruce Drinkrow Memorial New Zealand Speedway Hall of Fame- 2016

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Congratulations to the following who were inducted into the

Dave Tomkins
Dave began his motorcycle racing career in 1952 on Muriwai Breach at the age of 15. He raced various events including road races, grass tracks, mud trails and hill climbs. It was not until the season of 1960-61 that Dave turned his attention to speedway solo riding which was the start of his 23 year nonstop racing career at Western Springs which would include solo’s, Three Quarter Midgets, Midgets and Sidecars. In one season he raced three classes a night – TQ’s, Midget’s and Sidecars.
His list of accomplishments include becoming the New Zealand Sidecar Champion with Lloyd Tomkins in 1969-70, 3 time New Zealand Grass Track Sidecar Champion, 3 time North Island Champion, 4 time North Island Grass Track Sidecar Champion, 3 time Auckland Sidecar Champion, B Grade Midget Champion and 2nd place in a Midget 50 lapper behind Barry Butterworth. He also represented New Zealand in sidecar test matches.
Dave suffered a serious crash in a midget in 1965-66 that saw him break his neck and vertebrae resulting in a 5 week stay in hospital, remarkably this didn’t stop his racing career. He raced until 1985 completing 33 years in competition.
Dave served as the Speedway New Zealand Riders Representative for 8 years and held the role as Committee Member, Secretary and President of the Auckland Speedway Riders Club over a period of 20 years. He was made a life member of the club for his contribution. He has been a Referee at Western Springs since 2003, a position he still holds today, officiating at several National Speedway titles.
Dave is one of the only competitors to compete in four classes, Solo’s, TQ’s, Midgets and Sidecars.
It is no doubt that Dave has acted as a stalwart for the sport of speedway, being a strong competitor with some outstanding achievements but he has also given back to the sport with his contribution to clubs and positions held in an official capacity. A true reminder of what the sport of speedway is all about.

Trevor Redmond
Trevor’s first involvement in speedway was when he became involved with building the foundations for the famous Aranui Raceway. He worked with the first promoters when the track opened in 1948. Over the following 10 years the track would produce 3 of New Zealand’s biggest names in solo riding history – Ronnie Moore, Barry Briggs and Ivan Mauger.
Trevor himself would take up solo riding in 1949 leading him to London in 1950. During his solo riding career he would make two World final appearances in 1952 and 1954, become the Provincial League Riders champion and the Scottish Open Champion in 1960. He was also the winner of the national trophy in 1952, 1953 and 1954 for Wembley. He rode for 8 English league teams during his career.
During his time in the UK Trevor moved into the role of mentor for kiwi riders coming to London. Helping them find accommodation, get professional contracts and often spending large amounts of time working on their bikes.
In 1958 Trevor and his father in law opened a track in Cornwall and began promoting speedway. This would be the first of many tracks he would promote, often while still competing. He took this opportunity to give kiwi riders the chance to race and promote his homeland wherever possible.
From the 50’s-70’s, Redmond promoted speedway by taking teams to Africa and Eastern Europe to develop the sport. In 1962 he opened a track in Neath, Wales where he developed a team to join the speedway provincial league. The team finished 2nd out of 13 teams which was considered a remarkable achievement by the speedway press.
Trevor later became a member of FIM and became involved in the administration of International Speedway. He managed New Zealand speedway teams for several years winning the 1979 Speedway World team Cup with Ivan Mauger as captain.
Trevor was a popular character in his role as rider, promoter and announcer at the many tracks he rode and promoted around the world.

John Goodall
John was introduced to speedway by his father Stu who raced motorbikes. John’s speedway career began when he crewed for English Solo star Bob Andrews.
John began racing in the season of 1969-70 at Western Springs when he purchased a Rotrax JAP bike from Bob. He was able to ride on race night in the B grade events. By the end of the season people noticed the new kid, he had won nearly every race he had started in the B Grade.
The following season he upgraded to a 2 valve JAWA and was promoted to A Grade where he performed so well that he was selected to race for New Zealand against the British Lions. Once the season at Western Springs ended, John like all good solo riders, made the trip to England and rode for Southampton.
From 1972 to 1977 he stayed in New Zealand racing at Western Springs where he became a real crowd pleaser. Fans flocked to watch him battle head to head with friend and rival Mike Fullerton. From 1977 to 1979 John returned to England riding for Bristol, Newport and Wolverhampton.
Some of Johns many accomplishments included becoming a New Zealand Test Team rider in 1973-75, 76 and 1980. In 1977 he rode in the New Zealand team in the World Team Championship qualifying races. In 1977 and 1979 he rode in the Australasian World Championship qualifying races in Australia. In 1979 he became the North Island Solo Champion, the 1980 and 1982 North Island Long Track Champion, 1994-95 King of the Classics and in 1997 New Zealand Solo Speedway League Island Champion. He rode in the Auckland team that won the Speedway League. For 7 years in a row he was the Western Springs ‘Big Six’ series champion.
During his riding career John also tuned and modified his own and other competitors equipment. This also carried on after his retirement from riding.
John is not only recognised for his racing achievements but also his contribution to the sport. He is a life member of the Auckland Speedway Riders Club and also served as Vice President. He raced internationally at a highly competitive level acting as an ambassador of the sport.

Eddie James
Eddie began his racing career during the 1965-66 season in a Holden powered midget. His talent developed quickly and Eddie was soon competing in the A grade class at Western Springs.
He performed well over the following two seasons placing 2nd in the 1968-69 Auckland Midget Championship and 3rd in 1969-70. This lead to an offer to drive the #72 owned by Cliff North and Harley Arthur once Ron Ross retired. He went on to win the 1969-70 New Zealand Midget title held at the Templeton Speedway in Christchurch. Eddie would also contest the Australian Midget Car Championship finishing 3rd.
For the 1970-71 season Eddie obtained a drive in the Alby Hellriegel #79 Midget where he won a second consecutive New Zealand Midget Championship. This same season he won the 50 Lapper. In 1976-77, Eddie finished 3rd equal with Leo Vercoe in the New Zealand Midget Championship. Eddie won 11 midget features during his racing career.
During the 80’s Eddie would get the chance to entertain spectators in a different way. Visiting American driver Stan Fox was known for having a fox mascot who entertained and delighted fans with his infield antics. The man in the fox suit was Eddie James.
Eddie retired from competing in the late 70’s but renewed his association when his son Nick began racing in 2001-02. Eddie himself would return to the driver’s seat some 24 years after retiring to race at Stratford. He finished first equal in the Taranaki Midget Championship losing the win on a coin toss. Focusing on Nicks racing career, Eddie continued his support building an F2 Toyota motor for Nick to race at Western Springs. The team won the F2 Midget Championship in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Eddies involvement as car owner and mentor would carry on until 2012.