Wally Kilmister was a rider at Taita and Kilbirnie tracks in the early days of New Zealand Speedway.
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Kilmister, Speedway Star.”
“The man who was the star of Wellington’s first motor-cycle speedway, at the Kilbirnie Stadium about 40 years ago, and then went on to win international honours in his sport, died recently in Rotorua. He was former Karori boy, Wally Kilmister”.
“Mr. Kilmister had not lived in Karori for many years but in his day he was one of the best known former pupils of Karori School. He died in Rotorua, at the age of 65, after a long illness. He had been in the light engineering business in Taupo for several years.
“Wally Kilmister rode his first motor-cycle races at the age of 17, while he was an apprentice mechanic, in the mid-1920’s. In those days the races were held on grass, usually racecourses, and the riding technique was quite different from that needed for the loose cinder surfaces of the prepared speedways, which came into vogue in the late 1920’s.
“When Wellington’s first speedway was opened at Kilbirnie, Wally Kilmister quickly became its star performer and one of the best known personalities in the capital. He went to Britain, where he won fame in the Wembley Lions team, and he scored a string of successes before returning to New Zealand. He raced briefly at the Taita Speedway after World War 2, went back to England for some time, and then returned to New Zealand, finally settling in Taupo.”
See also Taita Speedway page
See also Kilbirnie Speedway page
See also Bruce Abernathy page
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is shown wearing the "Golden Helmet" which
was competed for up until the end of Taita
Speedway and now resides in Southwards Museum.