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Sprouts Elder

American Lloyd “Sprouts”Elder  never really intended to be a professional motorcycle rider. He started his working life as an apprentice for a racing stable of the four legged variety but his rapid growth spurt -hence the nickname- meant he had to find another form of employment.

He took to motorcycling almost immediately and became successful at hillclimb events and raced on the deadly boardtracks before heading overseas, first to Australia where he became the National Champion in 1927 then off to England where he was one of the most popular riders. British publication Speedway News named him the “Greatest rider of all time”. He is pictured here posing elegantly in a London street.

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