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Ivan Mauger

Born: 1939 -

Inducted into MNZ Hall of Fame: 2004

Ivan Mauger was born in Christchurch in 4th October 1939. He is considered by many internationally to be the best speedway rider ever, winning six individual speedway world titles in 1968 , 1969 ,1970 ,1972 , 1977 and 1979 .

He was third in 1967, and runner up in 1971, 1973 and 1974. Along side his individual titles Mauger was world pairs champion in 1969 with Bob Andrews and 1970 with Ronnie Moore. He would finish runner up in 1971, 1972, 1978 and 1981 and finally third in 1984 partnering with Mitch Shirra.

Three World Long Track Championships in 1971, 1972 and 1976  and four Speedway World teams championship in 1968, 1969, 1971, and 1979 took his world championship tally to 15 World Titles.

Mauger was awarded an M.B.E in 1976 and an O.B.E in 1989 and was voted Halberg New Zealand Sportsman Of The Year in 1977 and 1979 making him the only motorcycle sportsman to receive that award.

He won the New Zealand Speedway Championship on two occasions (1974 and 1981), and scored his first podium in the championship with second in 1959 behind then dual World Champion Barry Briggs. Surprisingly considering his successful career, Mauger didn't ride in the NZ Championship again until his 1974 championship. His only other podium in the championship was in 1979 when he placed third behind Larry Ross and Mitch Shirra.

There is no doubt that in terms of success Ivan Mauger is the most successful motorcycle racer to come out of New Zealand. Ivan retired from racing in 1985, but went on to promote several high profile speedway events around the world including New Zealand. He retired to live on Australia's Gold Coast.

Ivan Maugers Career History.

World Champion

World Long Track Champion
British Champion
British League Riders Champion
Provincial League Riders' Champion
Northern Riders' Champion

New Zealand Champion
New Zealand Long track Champion
Australasian Grand Prix winner
Australasian Champion
Victorian State Champion(Aust)
Qld State Champion(Aust)
WA State Champion(Aust)
European Champion
Intercontinental Champion
Scottish Open Champion
Australian Long Track Champion

1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977,
1979
1971, 1972, 1976
1968, 1970, 1971, 1972
1971, 1973
1963, 1964
1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972,
1980
1974, 1981
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
1970, 1971, 1972
1977, 1981
1962, 1963
1962
1973
1966, 1970, 1971, 1975
1975
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
1962

World Pairs Champion

World Team Cup Winner
British League Champion
Provincial League Champion

1969, 1970
1968, 1971, 1972, 1979
1970, 1971, 1972, 1974
1964


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