Speedway history revisited!
Brisbane author Tony Webb’s long awaited biography on the life of pioneer speedway promoter and entrepreneur Albert John Hunting will be released on March 1 2014. Worldwide Speedway Adventurer is a must for students of speedway history
Webb an English born speedway buff has spent three years researching the life of Hunting, fondly known as AJ. The 260 page book which has 71.000 words and 190 photographs ties in AJ ‘s travels from Melbourne to New Zealand, Sydney, Queensland, England, France, South America, New York and finally back to Queensland. Although AJ had speedway promotion as his focal point he dabbled in many adventures on the way.
Boxing, tourism, publishing, floodlight golf, inventions, health club, farming and prospecting.
The most startling revelation is that he invented one day cricket in 1933, pre Packer!
AJ was a meticulous recorder of facts, Webb was granted access to the family archives dating back to 1896.
This is a speedway book with a difference, Webb bravely challenges to long held theories on the birth of speedway. he will doubtless win few friends within the speedway world as he exposes long held beliefs, but backed up by the factual evidence.
The story, which was written in consultation with the Hunting family, is in chronological order.
Comprehensive data on riders and copies of personal letters are included. The authors research took him to Melbourne and London in search of the facts.
Webb said that his main inspiration was from Australian historian the late Jim Shepherd, a man he said was not afraid to challenge the legends and who gave encouragement when others were less then helpful. There was a story to be told that puts Queensland right up there in speedway history and I was determined to publish it he said.
Worldwide Speedway Adventurer is published through Clark and Mackay isbn 978-
There are many further titles by this author those concerned with speedway are:
Bluey Scott Story 2006
Australasians in England 2012 DATA FILE
Keith Cox story 2006
Keith Gurtner story 2006
Syd Littlewood story 2006
Queensland Speedway data file 2007
Rusty Rees and North Queensland 2008
Alec Hunter with Jan Hunter 2008
Braund Brothers 2008
Waddell Brothers 2008
New South Wales fact file 2008
Garry Middleton Story 2008
Bert Kingston speedway world 2008
Huntings Ten 2008
Jack White Speedway world 2008
Steve Reinke speedway world 2008
Speedway Memories Queensland 2008
Various articles Australian Speedway world 2006-
Speedway Tonight the Davies Park story 2009
Deagon speedway 2014 book 100 pages
Pioneer park story qld book
Wheels of fate Garry Hay story book
The Mittagong flash Buck Ryan story.
Speedway workshop magazine 2013 published 4 times a year.
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