This weekend, the John Titman Golden Steel Shoe Challenge is set to delight Speedway fans in the South Burnett this Saturday, April 30.
Kingaroy Junior Motorcycle Speedway Club are very honoured that John Titman asked if he could support the club by sponsoring the trophies for the event. There are approx $2,000 worth of trophies on offer with gold for 1st, silver for 2nd and bronze for 3rd for the 125cc and 250cc events.
The support PeeWee class will be sponsored by the Club’s major sponsor – Kingaroy McDonalds.
The John Titman Golden Steel Shoe Challenge will be run on the Kingaroy track in the centre arena at the Kingaroy Show which will be a great chance to showcase the great sport of junior motorcycle speedway and racing will commence at 2.30pm.
John Titman was born in Brisbane and initially worked as a mechanic, making his Speedway debut at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground in April 1968. He made his British League debut with Halifax Dukes in 1972, and also made his international debut for Australia that year against the British Lions.
In 1973 he averaged 6.92 from 38 matches, and became a regular member of the Australian team.
In 1973 he finished in 7th place (with John Boulger) in the Australian qualifying round of the World Pairs championship. He also raced in Poland and New Zealand. He moved on to the Exeter Falcons in 1975.
John Titman won the Australian Solo Championship in 1977 on his home track, the Brisbane Exhibition Ground. He also finished runner-up in the Australian championship to Phil Crump in 1975 at the Sydney Showground Speedway, and again in 1986 at the Pioneer Park Speedway in Ayr behind fellow Queenslander Troy Butler.
He signed for the Leicester Lions in 1978, becoming club captain in 1979. He moved on in 1984 to the Wimbledon Dons, and this was his final season in British speedway.
During his career, John Titman made the World Final on two occasions, finishing 8th in 1978 and 9th in 1979. He also rode in longtrack speedway, reaching the world final in 1983 and 1984.
After returning home at the end of 1984, John Titman continued to ride, captaining the Australian national team for a further three years.
It will be great to have John at Kingaroy (one of Queensland’s newest tracks) on the 30th April to watch the young riders in action, give them any tips and present the trophies.
For more info on the Kingaroy Junior Motorcycle Speedway Club, head to their Facebook page.