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Gary Havelock
Gavy Havelock.jpg
Born (1968-11-04) 4 November 1968 (age 53)
Eaglescliffe, England
NationalityEngland England
Current club information
Career statusRetired
Career history
1985-1986Middlesbrough Tigers
1986-1988, 1990-1997Bradford Dukes
1992, 1996Gorzów Wielkopolski (POL)
1994-1995Indianerna (SWE)
1998Eastbourne Eagles
1998Częstochowa (POL)
1998-2002Poole Pirates
1999-2000Filbyterna (SWE)
2000Rzeszów (POL)
2000-2003Masarna (SWE)
2001-2003, 2005Piła (POL)
2003-2004Peterborough Panthers
2005Arena Essex Hammers
2006-2012Redcar Bears
Individual honours
1992World Champion
1986British Under 21 Champion
1987European Under-21 Champion
1991, 1992British Champion
1992, 1995South African Champion
1995Premier League Riders Champion
1992Overseas Champion
Team honours
1997Elite League Champion
2000Swedish Elitserien Champion
1991, 1992, 1993, 1995British KO Cup Winner
2007Young Shield Winner
1986National League Fours Winner

Robert Gary Havelock (born 4 November 1968, in Eaglescliffe, County Durham, England) is a former speedway rider who was World Champion in 1992.[1] For several years he captained the Redcar Bears in the Premier League.[2] He is the son of former speedway rider Brian Havelock.[3]


Havelock first competed in grasstrack racing, winning the British Junior Championship, before following his father into speedway.[4] Havelock showed his potential early in his speedway career, winning the Suffolk Open Championship at Mildenhall as a 16-year-old in 1984, only two weeks after qualifying for a licence.[5]

Havelock started his league career with local club Middlesbrough Tigers (the team managed by his father) in 1985, moving from reserve to the main body of the team by May, before moving to the Bradford Dukes in 1987, where he spent the next ten seasons. A season with the Eastbourne Eagles was followed by five seasons with the Poole Pirates until 2003.[2] During this time Havelock also spent the 1986/87 and 1988/89 seasons in Australia based at the North Arm Speedway in Adelaide.

In 1987, Havelock won the European Under-21 Championship. This would be the final year that it would be called the European Championship as it became the World Under-21 Championship from 1988.

The highlight of his career was when he won the World Championship in 1992 at the Olympic Stadium in Wrocław, Poland. Havelock, the first British World Champion since Michael Lee in 1980, finished three points clear of 1990 World Champion Per Jonsson of Sweden, and four in front of Dane Gert Handberg[6] He has also represented Great Britain in the Speedway World Team Cup finals six times, finishing runner-up in 1990 and in the Speedway World Cup four times, finishing runner-up in 2004.[7]

Havelock missed most of the 1996 season after seriously injuring his back whilst representing England in a test match against Australia at Poole in the July.[7] Havelock had ridden in the first two of the Speedway Grand Prix meetings that season.

His 2012 season was ended early by a crash in March in which he was hit by Derek Sneddon's bike, resulting in a broken collarbone, a broken arm, and broken ribs.[8][9]

As a consequence of the injuries to his arm, Gary Havelock announced his retirement from speedway on 22 February 2013.[10] A week later he was named as the new team manager of Coventry Bees.[11]

Off track

Havelock was banned for the entire 1989 season after he tested positive for cannabis at the British League Riders' Championship meeting in 1988.[7]

At the 2007 BSPA Annual General Meeting, Great Britain team manager Neil Middleditch announced that he would be "happy to continue" in the position but recommended that Havelock should be his successor once he has retired from racing, stating "he would take to it like a duck to water". Middleditch also mentioned he would be happy for Havelock to act as his assistant.[12]

Havelock appeared in the Sky TV football show Premier League All Stars in 2007, representing eventual winners Middlesbrough F.C..[13]

Havelock is a patron of the charity National Association for Bikers with a Disability.[14]

World final appearances

Individual World Championship

World Pairs Championship

World Team Cup

World Cup

Individual Under-21 World Championship

Speedway Grand Prix results

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1995 13th 45 7th
1996 16th 27 6th


  1. ^ Montague, Trevor (2004). The A-Z of Sport. Little, Brown. p. 520. ISBN 0-316-72645-1.
  2. ^ a b Bamford, Robert (1 March 2007). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3.
  3. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  4. ^ Daniel, Paul (1985) "Stars of Tomorrow: Gary Havelock", Speedway Star, 18 May 1985, p. 18-19
  5. ^ Butt, Randall (1984) "Great Gary", Speedway Star, 20 October 1984, p. 28
  6. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  7. ^ a b c Oakes, P (2006). Speedway Star Almanac. Pinegen Ltd. p. 85. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0.
  8. ^ "Havelock Injured Archived 2 February 2013 at",, 23 March 2012, retrieved 9 August 2012
  9. ^ "Havelock Hurt at Redcar",, 23 March 2012, retrieved 9 August 2012
  10. ^ Neal-DNU, Martin (23 February 2013). "Speedway legend Gary Havelock announces retirement". TeessideLive. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Havvy is New Bees Boss",, 1 March 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013
  12. ^ "Havvy could be 'next GB boss'". Daily Echo. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  13. ^ "'Boro quarter final clash ejects Birmingham City". Sky. 29 September 2007. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  14. ^ NABD Patrons Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 27 May 2009

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