Joe Weichlbauer

Full name: Joe Weichlbauer
Graz, Austria
18th April 1942



Career Record with Cradley

Statistics taken from the Cradley Speedway Database
includes ALL matches


Year Mat Rid Poi  Bon Total Aver
1966 18 38 13 6 19 2.00
1967 2 4 1 0 1 1.00





Joe Weichlbauer rode for Cradley Heath in 1966, remaining in the history books as the only rider from Austria to have ever ridden for the club.

Although born in 1942 in Graz, Austria, Joe moved to Australia in the 1960s along with fellow countryman Gunther Haslinger. He rode speedway in Sydney and Perth and became an Australian citizen. When Cradley signed Chum Taylor in 1966, Joe also accompanied him to the UK for a crack at the British League.

Initially riding in Cradley’s second half events and junior races, he competed for a place in the Heathens first team. He earned his chance, eventually making 14 official appearances. One of the highlights was in September when he was handed the number 1 race-jacket, partnered at number 2 by Dudley Wood legend Ivor Brown. His only point of the match came in the last-heat decider, a 4-2 to clinch the match against Glasgow, after the Tigers’ number 1 suffered an engine failure. On another occasion, he achieved third place in the Midland Junior Riders Championship at Brafield in August.

Never a prolific scorer, Joe only notched around a dozen points for Cradley across his appearances. Nevertheless, he toiled away throughout the year, continuing to try his luck regularly in the second halves and on occasions for a Cradley Heath ‘B’ side. He made an additional appearance in 1967, along with more second half racing, before joining Reading in the newly formed Division 2 for 1968.


It was his last season of British racing despite finding more success and steady progress with the Racers in the lower tier. As well as a few double figure scores, he was a recipient of the Reading number 1 race-jacket. However, his season and indeed racing career came to an end after a crash on 9th September. England had endeared itself to him though. Joe met his wife Barbara at speedway and they were married in 1969. They lived in Telford, Shropshire for 40 years from 1978 and Joe worked in the Midlands as a gas fitter for several decades, continuing until well into his mid-70s.

He retired in 2018 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour and passed away on 24th July in Shrewsbury hospice, only eight weeks after being diagnosed. As well as his wife, he left two children Jason and Heidi, along with two grandchildren, Matthias and Eva.

Thanks to Colin Jewes for his input into Joe's Profile and to his daughter Heidi for getting in touch with the website.


Joe passed away on 24th July 2018 near to his home in Shrewsbury hospice.

Thanks for the memories Joe - RIP

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