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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

London South West: London Aces CSC

About the team

Track was in Wye Street, off York Road, Battersea.

The Aces lost only one match in two years, and that was against Hellingly Lions(East Sussex) by 2 points.

Stan "Rory" Blackwell represented England on many occasions.

Jean Blackwell(1940s) was possibly the first ever girl rider.

Interesting Facts:

"Rory" Blackwell was a World Record Drummer, and appeared in the 1989 Guinness Book of Records, stating: 'Four hundred separate drums were played in 31.78 seconds by Rory Blackwell at Finlake Country Park, Chudleigh, Devon on the 30th May 1988'.

Prior to this he was a talented boxer, reaching the finals in the old Empire/Commonwealth Games as a welterweight. Unfortunately he developed a medical condition in one of his eyes, and his promising boxing career came to an abrupt end, resulting in the start of Rory's musical career.

Rory Blackwell was a British rock and roll musician, founding Rory Blackwell and the Rock 'N' Rollers(which he fronted with the drums & vocals), before changing their name to The Blackjacks. He founded the first British rock and roll band, and put on rock and roll at Studio 51 in September 1956, and at the 2i's Coffee Bar(where Tommy Steele was discovered), and on 24th January 1957 gave his very first job to Terry Dene(then Terry Williams), fronting him at the Razzle Dazzle Club. Rory and his Blackjacks starred in the 1957 film 'Rock You Sinners', this alongside Art Baxter, Jackie Collins and Tony Crombie. In 1959 Rory discovered a 16 year old pianist, Clive Powell(Georgie Fame) in a summer holiday camp in Wales, where he offered him a job as a piano player in his group. After the season ended, Powell left to seek new opportunities. Amongst his recordings was "Bye Bye Love", later recorded by The Everly Brothers. Other successes included "Bony Moronie", "Red Roses", "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast", "Great Balls of Fire", and "Rory's Rock". He then toured the UK and Europe with stars from the US. Rory had a very lucky escape on February 3rd 1959 when Buddy Holly, Big Boppa and Richie Valens were killed in an air crash. He should have been with them, but his tour was cancelled at the very last minute. In 1968, 'Rory Blackwell's 1968 Rock'n'roll Show Live' was released, with the tracks being: "Lets Have a Party", Rock Around the Clock", "Great Balls of Fire", "Be Bop a Lula", "Shake Rattle and Roll", "Hound Dog", "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", "Bony Moronie", "Heartbreak Hotel", and "Rory's Rock". After the launching of the Apollo 11 in 1969, Rory wrote and released the orchestral piece 'Apollo 11: Sea of Tranquility'. In 1978 another album was released, 'The Two Sides of Rory Blackwell', with tracks including "Bony Moronie", "Amarillo", "Teddy Bear", Beatles Medley" and "Wipe Out". His appearances on television included the Six-Five Special, Cool For Cats, and Oh Boy!, where he acted with Lord Rockingham's X1. Later Rory toured as drummer with the Beach Boys and John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band. During the 1960s, Rory worked with a young bassist, Nick Simper, who later joined Johnny Kidd's band and went on to become one of the founding members of Deep Purple. Retired to Devon, becoming involved with the Manadon Lightnings CSC.      

Riders

  • Denny Ayton
  • Jean Blackwell(girl rider)
  • Stan "Tiger" Blackwell
  • Steve Broughton
  • Del Folgate
  • Freddie Heath
  • Colin Hicks
  • Ronnie Lindup
  • Charlie Lyons
  • Derik Merryweather
  • Norman Parker Jnr
  • Dickie Wilkins