Born in Willesden, London May 29th 1927, James (Jim) William Gregory speedway career began in the 1940s at Wembley where as a junior he took his first and only official ride for the Wembley Lions July 1948 – just the one match, three rides and no points.
The following year he signed for Rayleigh who were riding in National League 3 (Wembley was National League 1) where he was off to a promising start, 50 matches, 201 rides and an average of 6.41 points that included his first maximum scored, I believe in September.
Unsurprising this sort of form on his first season attracted attention and by 1950 he was signed to ride for Wimbledon, back again in National League 1. It proved a good year for both Jim Gregory and the Wimbledon Dons who finished third in the league. Jim’s season brought 25 matches, 63 rides and a points average of 4.7 not at all bad for your first season at the top.
Jim remained with Wimbledon Dons for the next season 1951 and for two matches during the next season however early in 1952 he joined Oxford who were riding in National League II – Jim did well riding in 38 matches and finishing the season with a points average of 7.34 remaining with the Oxford Cheetahs for 1953 in the Southern League and 1954 in National League II although he decided to retire part way through the last season when he found he was unable to regain
His retirement was by no means the end of his interest and participation in speedway a member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association and the Men in Black vintage exhibition team and was still riding vintage machines into his 80s, Photos of his vintage activities can be seen in both the National Speedway Museum site and that of the WSRA.
Sorry to have to add that Jim has died on the 7th June 2018 at the age of 91
Our thanks to John Somerville for supplying these photographs and also giving us permission to use them on the website.
The photo above was taken in 1950 at Wimbledon as was the signed one on the left but I have no date for it