The opportunity to own the motorcycle ridden by Speedway legend Ivan Mauger to one of six world championships is coming up this autumn.
The 1977 Jawa DOHC Motorcycle is being auctioned by Bonhams at Staffordshire County Showground on October 15 2017.
The machine offers a real sliver of speedway history and comes complete with a selection of trophies and awards won by the Speedway legend 40 years ago.
The collectibles include a Long Track golden helmet, a Volkswagen Grande Prix finalist tankard from White City, Ivan’s Aalborg World Long Track final No.14 racing vest, a selection of pennants for various events and a bike cover with “Ivan Mauger” stitching.
Pre auction estimate for the entire lot is £12,000 to £18,000.
Six world championships made Mauger a Speedway legend
Ivan Mauger, OBE, won a record six Speedway World Championships.
He rode for several British teams – Wimbledon Dons, Newcastle Diamonds, Belle Vue Aces, Exeter Falcons, and the Hull Vikings.
Mauger first arrived in England as a fresh-faced 17-year-old aboard the SS Rangitoto, which docked at Tilbury in 1957. He rented a one-bedroom flat in Wimbledon around the corner from Plough Lane where he got to watch and be inspired by the “kings of the cinders”.
Today Mauger is considered the best speedway riders ever and he was voted as the “Greatest Rider of the 20th Century”.
Mauger became a Speedway legend by winning the Individual Speedway World Championship in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977 and 1979. He was runner up in 1971, 1973 and 1974, and third in 1967.
He also raced in the World Long Track Championship, winning the title in 1971, 1972 and 1976, bringing his total of World Championships in speedway racing to 15.
Speedway legend received OBE in 1989
Mauger was awarded the MBE in 1976, the OBE in 1989, and was voted the prestigious Millennium Man of Speedway by the readers of Speedway Star and Vintage Speedway Magazine in December 1999.
Dozens or other rare and collectible motorcycles will go under the hammer at Bonhams’ annual Stafford sale.
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