Nostalgia: Mauger Aces it

World champion speedway rider Ivan Mauger at the fete.

We're looking back to 1969 when thousands turned out in Denton to see Belle Vue Aces world champion speedway rider Ivan Mauger open Egerton Park Secondary School’s summer fete.

With a model aircraft display, ‘Miss Egerton Park’ contest, dozens of sideshows and a star prize of a holiday for two in Majorca on offer, the school field was a hive of activity attracting as many as 3,000 visitors.

Twelve-year-old Karen Lord, of Frederick Street, Denton, was chosen from 20 contestants to become Miss Egerton Park 1969 at the fete organised jointly with Denton and Audenshaw Rotary Club.

In an interview with the Reporter, Ivan Mauger spoke about his family life and hugely successful career to date.

The 29-year-old New Zealander had recently moved to Windsor Road, Denton, with his wife Raye and their three children after leaving Newcastle to join the Aces.

Eldest daughter Julie, 11, attended Egerton Park while son Kim, nine and younger daughter Debbie, seven, were at West End Primary School.

Having won his world title in Sweden the previous year, he was refusing to rest on his laurels and planned to continue racing for years to come.

“If you want to get to the top, you have to come to England... success does not depend entirely on speed but on skill in making use of the track and wheel grip,” he said.

“I am a better rider than I was several years ago but I rarely use full throttle when I race...”

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