Speedway historian John Chaplin and image archivist John Somerville have teamed up
again to produce the third in their highly praised trilogy about the world’s most exciting
Speedway Legends deals with their lifelong passion for speedway racing and their
admiration for the men who, over almost ten decades, have by their skill, daring and
bravery, made it what it is.
It honours the many personalities they particularly admire
and is designed to make speedway enthusiasts aware of how their contribution to the
development of the sport has made it what it is today.
As speedway’s centenary rapidly approaches, the dynamic partnership present another
superb celebration of the sport that journalist Chaplin has written about and reported on
for sixty of those years. He has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading speedway
writers, whilst Somerville has amassed an unequalled collection of priceless pictures by
the very best of speedway’s photographers from across the world.
Speedway Legends is the third in their successful series to follow Speedway Superheroes
and Speedway: The Greatest Moments. Both books featured illustrations of outstanding
quality, many dating from the sport’s pioneer years of the 1920s, and the latest Chaplin/
Somerville epic continues their championship-winning high standards.
John Chaplin is generally acknowledged throughout the speedway world to be the leading authority
on the history of the sport. An author and broadcaster, his pedigree goes back almost sixty years, and
this book is based on his writings during that time, including his acclaimed regular contributions to
Speedway Star magazine and his own hugely successful Vintage Speedway Magazine.
John Somerville has spent a fortune acquiring from the world’s top speedway photographers their
best and most vivid pictures. They appear in publications throughout the world. He is dedicated to
preserving the sport’s most iconic images.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 271 2, hardback, 297x210mm,160 pages. Published September 2015.