Maurice Stobbart

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Maurice Stobbart
Maurice Stobbart.jpg
Born 1915
Aspatria, England
Died 2001 (aged 86)
Nationality  England
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
1931 York
1932 Preston
1933 Wembley Lions
1937 Workington
1938-1939, 1948 Newcastle Diamonds
1949 Ashfield Giants

Maurice (Mo) Stobbart (born 1915 in Aspatria, Cumberland, England - died 2001) is a former speedway rider and promoter who started his career with York in 1931. He was the younger brother to Roland Stobbart


Pre-war events

Observers generally regard Maurice Stobbart as a pre- and post-war northern-based speedway rider. He began racing motor cycles with York in the 1931 season, moved to Preston at the start of the 1932 season then rode for the Wembley Lions in the 1933 season. Although he retired at the end of that season through a lack of success Roland coaxed him back into the sport in 1937 when he began promoting events at Workington, Carlisle and Ayr. In 1938-39 he rode for Newcastle Diamonds. In his very first race Stobbart broke the Newcastle track record by five seconds, a record that had stood since 1930. He entered six events that evening, he had four firsts, one second, and in the event not mentioned, he was leading when engine trouble robbed him of victory.[1] Victories which earned him the opportunity to enter the qualifying round of the world Speedway championships.[2]


Maurice began speedway racing at Workington in 1931; he was sixteen years of age. He demonstrated his ability in the very first event, when while taking a bend, he struck a post, burst his rear tyre but skilfully retained his balance.[3] Although he often came to grief he showed tremendous promise and signed for York during that season. Returning to Workington in 1937 he equalled his brother’s long standing course and lap record on two occasions. He also won several Golden Helmets, Golden Sashes, Challenge Matches and Derwent Handicaps.[4]


  1. ^ West Cumberland Times, 15 May 1938
  2. ^ West Cumberland Times, 8 June 1938
  3. ^ West Cumberland Times, 19 August 1931
  4. ^ West Cumberland Times, 1 September 1937

External links


  • Ron Hoare (1979). Speedway Panorama. London: Haynes. 
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