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Vic White was born in Hackney in 1932 first riding practise tracks in 1956 to 1958, like so many others, at Rye House and I believe Eastbourne.

Beginning his 25 years in speedway at Ipswich in 1959 continuing his riding career by appearing at Ipswich 1959 moving the following year to Cradley Heath and remaining there until 1962 when he joined Leicester becoming the team captain. Moving with the rest of the Leicester team to Long Eaton in 1963 staying for only the one year because 1964 saw him at Newport, loaned to  Belle Vue the following year 1965 but returning in 1966 to Newport where he remained until 1967. He then returned to Long Eaton only to retire in 1968 but not before a brief period with Reading.

Vic rates his best riding achievement breaking of the Track Record at Leicester. Having set the new record Vic White has the satisfaction of knowing that although the following week a World Championship Round was held at Leicester no one managed to do a time as quick as his, including double World Champion Peter Craven.   

Despite the above achievement he lists his proudest moment as the time he achieved his first maximum when Winning the Hunters Trophy in 1962. That was, of course, his proudest Speedway Moment and the birth of his sons, one the rider Keith (Chalky) White must have rated pretty high. Although he loved every minute of his riding career he still thinks of his worse memory as the crash he had at Leicester at the end of the 1962 season.

Retiring as a rider in 1968 Vic White was still very much involved with speedway initially becoming joint promoter at Long Eaton with Ivor Brown in 1969. The Brown and White partnership opened speedway at Scunthorpe in 1970.

In 1971 Vic White became Team Manager for Leicester then General Manager and Team Manager at Cradley Heath moving back to Leicester when Cradley changed owners but this time as co-promoter with Reg Fearman.  1981 saw Vic back as Team Manager, but now for Coventry continuing with this until 1983 when he spent a year as team manager for Glasgow moving back once more to Long Eaton, team managing the Long Eaton Invaders leading the club to the championship in 1984 retiring proper at the end of 1985.

Still living in Long Eaton and still very much involved in the speedway world in general and the World Speedway Riders’ Association in particular. Today he is the Secretary and Treasurer of the World Speedway Riders' Association and has been since 2001 having served the Association as its President in 1998, and devotes much time in helping to organize their many activities.

On the right Vic White and Doug Templeton battle it out on the Long Eaton Track.

Vic White
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