One of the very greatest to grace the sport. Introduced a level of professionalism not seen before in the motorcycle speedway world. Started the resurgence of USA as a speedway force, and made forays behind the "iron Curtain" when others would'nt. Ran a lot of training schools etc back here as well, RIP Ivan Mauger, a true icon of NZ sport.
Saw him many times in NZ. Went to the 1978 world final at Wembly where Ivan could only finish eighth. Alas I was a year early as he won in 1979. A golden era for NZ solo riders starting with a Ronnie Moore, continuing with Barry Briggs and capped off by Mauger, the best of the three in my opinion.
RIP Ivan Mauger. Even today if you went to Poland people know who you are and where NZ is simply because of your exploits. You were unfortunately more famous there than in your own country. Thanks for giving me a love for speedway and lastly thanks for the signed biography. NZ will never have a speedway rider like you.