Ronnie Moore (speedway rider)

Ronald Leslie Moore MBE (8 March 1933 – 18 August 2018) was a New Zealand international speedway rider. He twice won the Individual World Speedway Championship, in 1954 and 1959.

Ronnie Moore
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Born(1933-03-08)8 March 1933
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Died18 August 2018(2018-08-18) (aged 85)
NationalityNew Zealand New Zealand
Current club information
Career statusRetired
Career history
1950–63, 1969–72Wimbledon Dons
1974Coventry Bees
Individual honours
1954, 1959World Champion
1952, 1972London Riders' Champion
1952, 1960Brandonapolis
1952, 1955, 1956, 1960The Laurels
1956, 1962, 1968, 1969New Zealand Champion
1960Tom Farndon Memorial winner
Team honours
1970World Pairs Champion
1954, 1955, 1956, 1958,
1959, 1960, 1961
National League winner
1950, 1951, 1953, 1956,
1959, 1960, 1962
National Trophy winner
1962National League KO Cup winner
1969, 1970British League KO Cup Winner
1969, 1970London Cup Winner
1954RAC Cup Winner
1959Britannia Shield Winner

Early lifeEdit

Moore was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1933. He moved with his family to New Zealand when he was still a child, and although he was born in Australia, Moore always considered himself to be a New Zealander and always rode under the flag of his adopted home.


Moore began riding at the Aranui Speedway in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1949 at the age of 15. He moved to England and rode for the Wimbledon Dons from 1950 to 1956. In 1957 and 1958 he switched his attention to motor racing, but returned to ride for the Dons in late 1958 and stayed with them until 1963 when he decided to retire from racing after breaking his leg in a track crash. He began riding again in New Zealand in the mid-1960s and made a comeback with Wimbledon in 1969 and reached the World Final at the age of 36. In 1970 he won the World Pairs Championship with Ivan Mauger. He retired from racing in the British League at the end of 1972, apart from a couple of meetings for Coventry Bees in August 1974, but continued riding speedway until 1975 when he suffered severe head injuries in a crash at Jerilderie Park Speedway in New South Wales.[1]

Moore won the New Zealand Championship in 1956, 1962, 1968 and 1969.

World Individual ChampionshipEdit

In 1950 at the age of 17, Moore was the youngest rider ever to qualify for the final of the Speedway World Championship. He won the championship in 1954 and again in 1959. He also finished runner up on three further occasions. His first win came when he was only 21 years of age, riding with a broken leg, and he won with a maximum score.[2]

World final appearancesEdit

Individual World ChampionshipEdit

World Pairs ChampionshipEdit

World Team CupEdit

Note: Moore rode for Great Britain in the World Team Cup from 1962

After speedwayEdit

Moore was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1985 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to speedway sport.[3] The Canterbury Park Motorcycle Speedway was renamed the Moore Park Motorcycle Speedway in his honour and the Ronnie Moore race school operates out of the speedway.[4]

Moore died on 18 August 2018 in Christchurch from lung cancer, aged 85.[5][6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ Dew, R. (1976). The Ronnie Moore Story. Christchurch: Pegasus Press. ISBN 0-908568-01-0
  2. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  3. ^ "No. 50155". The London Gazette (2nd supplement). 15 June 1985. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Moorepark - Speedway Track - Speedway in Moore Park". Moorepark - Speedway Track.
  5. ^ "Motorsport world mourns former Kiwi world speedway champion Ronnie Moore".
  6. ^ "Motorsport: Kiwi speedway legend Ronnie Moore dies". 19 August 2018 – via
  7. ^ Mazur, Konrad (2018) "Nie żyje Ronnie Moore. Dwukrotny mistrz świata",, 18 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018
  8. ^ "Friends farewell Ronnie Moore-the godfather of New Zealand speedways golden era". Stuff (Fairfax). 24 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Moore a legend on so many fronts". Stuff (Fairfax). 22 March 2014.

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