LOUIS LAWSON

Tuesday July 07, 2009
BELLE Vue legend Louis Lawson, who spent his whole racing career with the Aces, died in Nottingham's Queens Medical Centre on Sunday. He was 87.

A regular England international, he was born in Southwell in 1921 and won the National Trophy three times with Belle Vue in 1946, 1947 and 1949.

But it was in the last of those three highly-successful seasons that he shot to national prominence when he finished third in the World final at Wembley in front of a capacity 93,000 crowd.

It was an historic day for English speedway as Aussie Vic Duggan had been the hot favourite for the title in what was the first final since 1939 as the competition had been suspended because of the Second World war.

Tommy Price, who scored 15 points, became the first Englishman to win the title. Veteran Jack Parker (14) and Lawson (13) were second and third to complete an England clean sweep.

Former rider Peter Williams, now living in North Wales but still a regular spectator at Belle Vue, rode alongside Lawson for the Aces.

He said: “Of all the really nice people I have met in speedway, Louis has to be right up at the top. He was a brilliant stylist. He was fabulous to watch on small tracks, and of course at Belle Vue. Also he was very modest, like Peter Craven. He had a smile he never turned off.”