Ila Teromaa

Full name: Ilkka "Ila" Teromaa
Tampere, Finland
3rd September 1953
Died: 21st June 2017




Career Record with Cradley

Statistics taken from the Cradley Speedway Database
includes ALL matches


Year Mat Rid Poi  Bon Total Aver
1979 5 21 22 2 24 4.57
1980 56 220 253 54 307 5.58



Finnish Champion 1975 & 1976
World Finalist 1978
1978 Wembley - 6 points
World Pairs with Kai Neimi
1977 - Belle Vue 6th
1979 - Vojens 7th
1980 - Krsko - 6th


Ila's speedway career started with the Tampere Aces in Finland for 3 years before joining Leicester in 1975.
This was the year Ila won the Finnish Championship for the first time.  In 1976 he was top scorer for Leicester. In 1977 still with Leicester he was injured but still managed an average of almost 9.00 points retaining that for 1978.  In 1979 his average dropped to just over 6.00 and was released to Cradley in October where he made 5 appearances (all of them away from home!) He did enough to convince the Heathens to sign him again in 1980.

Ila's younger brother Pepe was also a speedway rider, and the two rode together in the Leicester Lions team in 1976 and 1977

He rode a full season for the Heathens and my goodness it was a FULL season in those days, with 56 meeting in total! He still only managed an average of 5.85 and was not recalled in 1981. Ila did not return and concentrated on European commitments instead. Opting to join Brockstedt in the West German League.

Ila's best scores for the Heathens were 11 on 26th June - 10 at Birmingham on 25th August and a pain maximum in a 3 team tournament at Dudley Wood on 10th May against Oxford and Nottingham.

Whilst working in the motor trade and living in a small village outside Helsinki, Ila retained a strong link with the sport throughout the rest of his life. Involved with the FIM for a number of years, he was a prominent member of the CCP (Track Racing) Commission and was honoured in 2017 by the FIM at their Geneva Conference for his outstanding voluntary service, an award to recognise the long-term work and dedication for the benefit of motorcycle racing.  Ila had become an extremely knowledgeable and popular figure at international levels of the sport since retiring from racing.



Ila died suddenly on 21st June 2017 after being admitted to hospital due to complications from earlier surgery. We send our condolences and best wishes to his wife, family and friends from everyone associated with the Heathens.

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