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Langton

The Langton brothers, Eric and Oliver produced frames and were known as skilled engine tuners. Identifying the Langton frames can be difficult but the main production was of the MK3 made to suit the Max Grosskreuta style and called the Maxi - they proved to be popular particularly in the Halifax and Bradford teams. The production took place in the late 1930’s

LCS

Early British grasstracker Lew Coffin also rode speedway for Bristol and Weymouth where in addition he ran a training school. He had a workshop in Sherborne where he fabricated the LCS frames, they can be identified by their girder forks and handlebars best described as cow horn, finalised in sparkling chrome plate.

Leete

Trailblazing speedway rider and engineer Johnny Leete was in 1929 the chief engineer at West Ham. Tony Webb writes in his A to Z Speedway Bikes that; “He cut and rebuilt a Rudge frame for the Langton brothers. Leete, had definite ideas about head angles, frame whip, fork trail, wheel base, and so on, and his cut about Rudge was ridden with enormous success by the Langton Brothers.” Tony Webb continues to tell of a specialised model being build for Jim Kempster which became the standard DT Rudge of 1929.

Johnny Leete set his mind to sorting the problem of the driving chains picking up so much dirt from the track that they were becoming clogged and breaking or riding off, at the time the chains were on the left of the bike and therefore more likely to dig into the track as the rider cornered, Leete moved the primary and secondary chains to the right of the frame to help alleviate the problem, which it did. Of course, other modifications were needed to accommodate this change, not just the frame but there had to be engine adjustments as well all of which Johnny Leete was more than capable of achieving.

Lloyd Dymond

Les and Ken Dymond along with Frank Lloyd worked from premises in Finchley, London from 1948 to 1954 . They produced rolling machines (less engine) and they offered a 24 hour service. They also stocked spares and  engines.

Littlewood Special

Norwich and Newcastle rider Syd Littlewood by trade a fitter and turner started to modify frames in 1948. He seemed happy not to produce his own frames but to continue to amend frames to suit the rider.

Lovell Sloper

Bob Lovell ex-rider for Crystal Palace, Birmingham and Harringay developed an engine in 1948 called the Sloper, because, one assumes, the engine (sloped) forwards, it was clamed by Bob that it had better traction from the starting grid (at the time these were concrete). There were very few made and I would be interested to hear of any examples still around particularly if a photo is available. Bob Lovell was a master plumber by trade but a speedway man by inclination and President of the World Speedway Riders’ Association (formally the Veteran Speedway Riders’ Association) in 1980 - Bob died in 1998.

Lucas

Apart from being told such equipment existed I have no further information - have you?

Well someone did, Stu Towner, and you can see his research by clicking here

Luckhurst RL

Ron Luckhurst ran a concern called Reg Luckhurst Racing from Kent during the 1970’s, he produced adaptions and conversions, the one called RL was a 4 valve conversion for the Jawa 2 valve, it was by all accounts very successful and thought to be one of the best available. (Can not find reference to Reg Luckhurst Racing in 2012 so do not know if it is still in operation)

LWS  (Les Wotton Special)

Nothing really to differentiate the LWS from the many other produced around this time (late 1940’s early 1950’s) and nothing to say it was any more or less successful, like many others it will have been popular with a local group of riders but was not widely used. Les Wooton retired from riding in 1948.

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