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by Peter Shute


Lionel Van Praag's speedway exploits are well known. One doesn't get to become World Speedway Champion without considerable ability and it seems that Lionel retained this ability well into his retirement from speedway. It is said that while based in Darwin, Lionel was invited by the local speedway riders to offer some advice. After talking for a while, Lionel, who must have been approaching 60 at the time, borrowed a set of leathers and a bike (which presumably he had never ridden before) and proceeded to come within one second of the lap record for the track!

Peter Shute
September 2003


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