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Devon: Exeter Aces

About the team

Original Track was on the Crofton Wheels Centre, Marsh Barton, Exeter.

Club formed in 1963.

Raced two teams in the Devon County League 1964, A & B.

Raced in the Devon County League 1965.

Moved to Hamlin Lane Playing Fields, Whipton in the 1970s.

Team raced in the English League 1974/75/76.

Club Chairman: Rob Grant

Team Manager/Secretary: Colin Collett, 24 Thornpark Rise, Exeter, Devon(1965).

Club Secretary/Referee: John Toombs.

Moved back to Crofton Wheels Centre, Marsh Barton, Exeter. 

Club Honours.

The 1987 British Under 21 Individual Final was held at the Crofton Wheels Centre. The Referee was Mr Graham Sutton(Dorset). The winner was Martin Gale(Poole) after a run-off with Darren Demmery(Bristol St George), both riders scoring 17 points. 3rd was Nicky Collins(Bristol St George) with 16 points. Other scorers: Paul Vaughan(Basildon-Essex) 14, Mark Newey(Sandwell-West Midlands) 14, Dave Hemsley(Leicester) 14, Andre Cross(Norwich) 13, Pete Young(Tameside-Manchester) 13, Martin Kent(Heckmondwike-West Yorks) 12, Craig Harcourt(Sandwell) 12, Danny Zagni(Ipswich-Suffolk) 11, Lee Williams(Bristol St George) 10, Steve Harris(Swindon) 9, Victor Brooks(Ipswich) 9, Paddy Wenn(Norwich) 8, Ade Melbourne(Wednesfield) 7.

The 1992 British Senior Individual Final was held at the Crofton Wheels Centre, Marsh Barton, Exeter. The Referee was Mr Nigel Guppy(Dorset). The winner was Dave Hemsley(Leicester) after a run-off with Mark Short(Bristol St George) 2nd, Jason Pratt(Great Blakenham-Suffolk) 3rd and Julian Hardy(Poole) 4th, all four riders having scored 16 points. Other scorers: Nick Collins(Bristol St George) 13, Roger Ellis(Wednesfield) 13, Andy Stone(Exeter) 13, Pete Young(Poole) 13, Norman Venson(Leicester) 11, Mike Baugh(Dudley) 10, John Cordery(Thurrock) 10, Martyn Hepworth(Poole) 10, Mark Griffiths(Wednesfield) 9, Steve Paver(Exeter) 9, Andre Cross(Norwich) 7, Craig Harcourt(Dudley) 7.

The 1992 British Under 18 Individual Final was held at the Crofton Wheels Centre. The Referee was Mr Paul Hitchcox(Oxfordshire). The winner was Andrew Jackson(Tameside-Manchester) with 19 points, runner-up was Phil Howells(Spixworth-Norfolk) after a run-off with Scott Nelder(Thurrock-Essex), both riders scoring 17 points. Other scorers: Chris Gregory(Horspath-Oxford) 15, Dave Robinson(Heckmondwike-West Yorks) 15, Kraig Garland(Stockport-Cheshire) 12, Glen Hayter(Poole) 12, Craig Marchant(Leicester) 12, Stephen Ward(Stockport) 12, Chris Finnigan(Stockport) 11, Martyn Hollebon(Hellingly-Sussex) 11, Ben Groves(Exeter) 9, Kevin Burns(Leicester) 8, Trevor Hulton(Tameside) 7, Nigel Wragg(Leicester) 6.

Interesting Fact.

Steve Luxton became better known as 'Cobra' in the American Gladiators.

Speedway Riders.

Mike Coles rode for Exeter - Edinburgh and Newport.

Riders

 

1965-67.

  • R. Bradbeer
  • J. Carthew
  • Pete Coles
  • S. Dowling
  • Alan Hext
  • L. Locke
  • Keith Lyons
  • D. McLean
  • Geoff Patman
  • B. Phillips
  • Pete Roper
  • Bob Saunders
  • K. Sleep
  • J. Spiller
  • E. Spryfare
  • F. Spryfare
  • M. Stryphare
  • P. Turner
  • B. Webber
  • R. York

1970s

  • Rob Barker
  • Andy Bartlett
  • Adam Bird
  • Darren Bird
  • R. Blackmore
  • John Bowker
  • G. Brand
  • D. Brown
  • Richard Burnett
  • Paul Cann
  • J. Carthew
  • Glen Christopher
  • K. Clarke
  • Pat Clarke
  • T. Clarke
  • Andy Cole
  • Hadrian Coles
  • Mike Coles
  • Andy Collett(A Capt)
  • Gerald Collett
  • Dave Colley
  • Mark Commins
  • D. Corfield
  • Glen Christopher
  • Dennis Forbes
  • J. Fricker
  • Rob "Jumbo"  Grant
  • Paul Greenwood
  • Nigel Guppy
  • S. Guppy
  • Ray Hall
  • Phil Heywood
  • S. Hill
  • R. Hooper
  • Nigel Leahy
  • Steve Luxton(B Capt)
  • Keith Lyons
  • Allan (Joe) Major
  • Kerry Mason
  • Clive May
  • G. Milford
  • Danny Murphy
  • Dave Murphy
  • John Nethercott
  • D. Osborne
  • D. Parr
  • Geoff Patman(left 1969)
  • Mark Paver
  • Steve Paver
  • S. Pearce
  • B. Phillips
  • Mike Phillips
  • Les Pride
  • G. Reeves
  • Pete Roper(capt)
  • J. Rowlesland
  • K. Sleep
  • M. Spryphare
  • D. Stevens
  • Gerald Stevens
  • Andy Stone
  • Kevin Styles
  • Jim Sullivan
  • Graham Toombs
  • M. Tregale
  • M.J. Tregale
  • N. Tregale
  • Percy Turner
  • Ken Vine
  • Keith Wannell
  • Graham Ward
  • K. Ward
  • Richard Ward
  • Steven Ward
  • B. Webber
  • .... White
  • P. Willey
  • S. Yates

1980s +.

  • Paul Ballard
  • Richard Bessant(1991)
  • Chris Bowker
  • John Bowker
  • Andy Collett
  • Mark Commins
  • Andy Dart
  • Chris Duke
  • Rob Geech
  • Ben Groves
  • Rod Hawkins
  • Aaron Herbert
  • Jamie Holmes
  • Ben Howe-Howson
  • Craig Nethercott
  • Mark Paver
  • Simon Pearce
  • Mark Read
  • Darren Reeks
  • Andy Riddle
  • Robin Spicer(1992-2001)
  • Andrew Yard(1996)

2000.

  • Joe Avery
  • Aaron Coles
  • Sam Foley
  • Aaron Jarvis
  • Thomas Read
  • Daryl Standford
  • Ryan Standford
  • Sam Wyatt
  • Andrew Yard