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Peter Spencer Collins MBE (born 24 March 1954 in Manchestermarker, Englandmarker) is a former Speedway rider who spent his whole career (1971-1986) with the Belle Vue Aces, the team he supported as a child. The only other club he rode for was the now defunct Rochdale Hornets (Belle Vue's nursery team), with whom he spent the first season of his career on loan.

Career

Belle Vue Aces

Peter rode his first full season for the Aces in 1972 attaining an average of 8.44 in British League matches while still only eighteen years of age. In addition the Aces won the league and cup double that year. Peter won the British Speedway Championship in 1979.

World Individual Championships

In 1973 he qualified for his first Speedway World Championship in Chorzówmarker, Polandmarker. Peter again qualified for the World Final in 1974 finishing in equal fourth place with a creditable nine points. He did however win the British League Riders Championship (BLRC) at Hyde Road. The 1975 World Final was held at Wembleymarker but resulted in disappointment for Collins who again finished just off the podium. The 1976 final proved to be the highlight of his career however as he became World Champion with fourteen points in Katowicemarker, Poland. In 1977 however, he was injured whilst riding at his home track, badly breaking his leg. He attempted to defend his title, in extreme pain and unable to walk without crutches, he narrowly missed out, finishing second.

World Pairs Championships

Collins won four World Pairs Championship titles during his career, all with different partners, whilst riding for Great Britain. The 1977 title was won on his home Belle Vue (Manchester) track with Malcolm Simmons. In 1980 he partnered Dave Jessup to victory in Krsko, Yugoslavia. Yorkshireman Kenny Carter was his partner in Gothenburgmarker in 1983 whilst he was paired up with fellow Mancunian Belle Vue Ace Chris Morton for his final pairs title in 1984 at Lonigomarker in Italy.

After Speedway

On his retirement, he became part of the team responsible for saving the club following the sale of the Hyde Road stadium, and taking the team back to their current and original home on Kirkmanshulme Lane.

In November 2001 he was awarded an MBE for services to motorcycle racing.

Family

Peter has four brothers all of whom were speedway riders, Les, Phil, Neil and Stephen. His son Chris and nephew Aidan were also riders but have both retired from the sport.

World Final Appearances



References

  1. Oakes, P.(2005). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-30-1
  2. Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5


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