Exeter Falcons to honour recently departed former stars at special evening in Exeter

PUBLISHED: 16:22 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:22 24 April 2018

The late, and very great, Ivan Mauger in 1970s action for Exeter Falcons

The late, and very great, Ivan Mauger in 1970s action for Exeter Falcons


The Speedway world was rocked last week with the sad news of the passing of two former ‘greats’ of the sport, Ivan Mauger and Vaclav Verner.

The pair both once graced the County Ground, Exeter track home of the Exeter Falcons.

The current Exeter Falcons management duo of Rob Doran and Alan Spencer are putting together an evening to honour the lives of both Ivan and Vaclav – undoubted giants of speedway – and it will be held at the Royal Oak pub in Exeter on Monday, April 30, with a 7.30am start.

Rob Doran says: “As soon as the news broke of their passing, Alan [Spencer] and I were wondering how best we could put on something of a celebration of their commitment to our sport, and indeed our club.

“We have come up with this ‘Farewell Tribute’ to the duo and it will be held at the Royal Oak in Exeter, a pub so synonymous with the glory days of the Falcons in the County Ground days.”

Rob continued: “What we hope is that lots of speedway folk turnout and perhaps bring with them their own memories and indeed memorabilia so that we can collectively celebrate their lives.”

There is one thing that Rob is keen to get going for the night and that is the showing of videos and other footage of the pair in action, and he says: “I’d ask anyone with DVDs – especially of the ‘Flying Kiwi’ – to bring them along.”

Rob rounds off his thoughts on the evening saying: “If those coming want to attend wearing their speedway colours that would help generate the atmosphere that I really hope we can create to say cheerio to two of our greatest-ever riders at the club. I would ask that anyone who is definitely coming let me know or express an interest via the Exeter Falcons Group Facebook page so we can ensure we are prepared for what I am sure will be a great evening –and a busy one.”

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