Full name: Stephen Henry Bastable
Birthplace: Birmingham, UK
Birthdate: 16th September 1956
Nickname: Stevie B
Career Record with Cradley
[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Riders Database includes all matches]
[photographs courtesy of Speedway Star]
British Champion 1981
British League KO Cup winners medal 1979, 1986
Second city Trophy Birmingham (new Nissan car) 1977
Rode for Cradley from 1974 until 1979, while also making appearances for division 2 Stoke on loan in the first couple of years.
This took it's toll on Steve in 1975 he was called up so many times during 1975
he was almost riding every match in both leagues!
Joined Cradley full-time in 1976 and steadily improved his scores including his
first maximum. This boy was destined to reach the top.
In 1977 Steve rode under the shadow of top Swedes Bernie Persson and Anders
Michanek but quickly became popular when the Swedes went 'missing' due to their
His highlight of the year was winning the richest prize in speedway then - a new
car, in the Second City Trophy at Birmingham.
1978 came and Steve continued to improve with 5th place in the British Final and
even qualifying for the World Final as reserve. He toured Australia with
the England team during the winter and on his return captained the Heathens when Bruce Cribb left. Was number one in the team
then in May clashed with John Titman at Leicester and broke his foot, that put
him out until August, the night of his return was eventful, the track was under
water for the match against Wimbledon and Steve, representing the riders called
for a track inspection, this upset the management and Steve asked for a transfer
and got it. He joined Birmingham a month later but even though he was very
successful in the five matches he rode for them with two maximums and an average
of more than 9 points, he joined Swindon in 1981 where he had his most
successful year finishing on the top of the rostrum in the British Final.
He stayed with the Robins in 1982 before moving to Coventry where he stayed for
three years. He returned to the Heathens for the 1986 season but was on his
travels again joining Bradford in 1987 then went full circle back to Stoke in
Steve has taken over the running of father Harry's Speed-A-Way Motors in Blackheath (West Mids). The business deals in Motorcycles and parts, and was often involved in Speedway sponsorship at Cradley until the closure of Dudley Wood.
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