Les Rumsey

Full name: Les Rumsey
Birthplace: Canterbury, England
Birthdate:  27th July 1955




Career Record with Cradley

Statistics taken from the Cradley Speedway Database
includes ALL matches

Year Mat Rid Poi  Bon Total Aver
1979 17 52 58 7 65 5.00



League winners medal with Canterbury in 1978.


Les started racing at the age of 11 when his dad bought him a 155cc James for his birthday, he rode that in a field near his home until he was 13. He then got a 250cc Dot Trials bike. If February 1969 he found out about the Kent Youth Motorcycle Club. He entered their trial the next day and finished second to Dave Jessup, so he sold the trials bike and bought a 200cc grasstrack bike which he rode for 3 seasons and won the club championship twice.
He joined Canterbury in 1972 and made steady progress to heatleader status.
Les went Exeter in 1975, then 1977 back to Canterbury doubling up with Exeter.
It was 1979 when he joined Cradley. in 1979 he also joined Oxford after being unable to agree terms with Canterbury but moved to Crayford after one season, he also only stayed at Crayford for one season where the small track didn't suit him
He joined Wolves in 1981 when they moved down from the top league but Weymouth made an offer for him so he moved there. After spells with Birmingham as well he finished his speedway career back at Canterbury for a few matches in 1982/3  but in 1983 they introduced pay scales and it meant a big drop in money.
Last race was the second meeting in 1983 for Canterbury  Having got a job in Double Glazing during the previous winter he decided to switch to grasstrack racing.

(Thanks to Speedway Plus for their interview with Les.)



Currently Sales Manager for a local company in Whitstable, Kent. It's amazing the number of people I have met, through work, who used to go to Canterbury Speedway.  I live just outside Canterbury at Dunkirk and have 2 children, daughter Julia - single and son David - married to Mel. Have 3 grand children - Rachel, Amy and Ronnie.

Hobbies and interests:
Enjoy watching motor sports, golf and cricket. Enjoy gardening, especially growing vegetables.
Like watching the over 30 different species of birds that visit the garden feeders, just wish they didn't cost so much to feed!
I don't really have any involvement in Speedway these days, apart from going to the odd meeting, but was heavily involved in Grasstrack when my son rode for 12 years. For the last 4 years my time in the summer is spent travelling to CZ Republic, Germany and Holland with Rob Dolman who competes in the European Veteran Long Track Series along with the likes of Paul Evitts and Neville Tatum. He has won it the last 3 years and is leading the series this year. Next meeting is Pffarkirchen - south east of Munich - next week.
Our thanks to Karl Fiala for the updates on his wonderful 'Where are they now series'.

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