Former Australian champion inspires the next generation
WHEN South Burnett's aspiring speedway riders take to the track on June 29 one of Australia's best former speedway riders will be watching on.
Brisbane-born John Titman is passionate about seeing the next generation reach their potential following his success on the speedway world stage.
Titman was crowned Australian solo champion on his home track at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground and finished as runners-up on two occasions
He made his British League debut with Halifax Dukes in 1972, and went on to make his international debut for Australia against the British Lions.
In 1973 he finished in 7th place in the Australian qualifying round of the world pairs championship and competed in Poland and New Zealand.
He also rode in longtrack speedway, reaching the world final in 1983 and 1984.
After returning home at the end of 1984, Titman continued to ride, captaining the Australian national team for a further three years.
He is invested in helping the best younger riders and for the fourth consecutive year Kingaroy Junior Motorcycle Speedway Club are honoured Titman has offered his support to the club by sponsoring the trophies for the John Titman Golden Steel Shoe Challenge on Saturday, June 29.
Riders in the 125cc and 250cc classes will be racing for gold, silver and broze trophies while the support classes of peewees and superlites will be sponsored by the club's major sponsor, Kingaroy McDonalds.
The event has attracted riders locally and from interstate with racing at Kingaroy Speedway to start from 10am.