Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages
Suffolk: Grundisburgh Bombers
About the team
Founded in 1972 by Dave Hunting, together with Clive & Christine Hammond, these three formed the first club committee, making many of the original decisions, siting of track, club name & colours etc,. Dave designed and built the track, with much help from the local residents, including cartage of chalk from the Coddenham pit, cinder from the Ipswich Hospital, and kerb stones from the Ipswich Borough yard. Dave, previously riding for Kesgrave Panthers, had been absent from the sport for a period of twelve years due to his involvement in managing various Speedway/Stock Car Stadiums around the Country.
Track on the Playing Field, Grundisburgh(next to the tennis courts).
Track Dimensions: 78yards x 16ft, first cinder on chalk base, then red shale surface(changed 1976).
Club Colours: Blue shirts, White socks. Breastplate Blue with White Bomb on front, White numbers on back.
Club Chairman: Clive Hammond(1972-73).
Club Secretary: Christine Hammond(1972-73).
Club General Manager: Dave Hunting(1972-75).
Club Chairman: Bert Grundrill(1974-75).
Club Secretary/Manager: Dave Hunting, Ceanchor, Lower Road, Grundisburgh(1974-75).
Club Chairman: Alan Ford(1978)
Club Secretary: Dave Hunting, Wookey Hole, Lings Lane, Chelmondiston, Nr Ipswich(1978).
Raced in both the East Anglian and Suffolk Leagues.
In 1974, due to a breakaway from the East Anglian Association(much of this blamed on Dave Hunting) the team raced purely in the Suffolk League.
Original Team disbanded at the end of 1975 due to internal disagreements, with many of the riders joining Leiston Aces, whilst Rob & Dick Smith returned to Trimley.
Regrouped in 1978, but ceased racing at the end of this season.
1973 Suffolk Senior Individual Champion Rob Smith(15)(Trimley), runner up Dave Hunting(14). Meeting took place at Woodbridge.
1973 Dave Hunting(15) won the Spixworth Individual Trophy, runner-up Peter Pease(South Walsham), 3rd Roy Chapman(Spixworth).
1974 Suffolk Senior Individual Champion Kenny Jessup(20), runner up Dave Hunting(19), third Robbie Haines(17)(Trimley). Meeting took place at Trimley.
1974 Suffolk Junior Individual Champion Robert Smith.
1974 Suffolk Best Pair Champions Rob Smith & Dave Hunting.
1975 Suffolk Senior Individual Champion Dave Hunting(19), runner up Rob Smith(17), 3rd Tim Emsden(17).
1976 Dave Hunting, defending his Suffolk title, fell heavily in his third race, having to retire from the meeting with an injury that would eventually cause him to retire from the sport as a rider.
1974 Reached Finals of National Junior Team Championship, lost to Woodside 40-38(at Leicester).
1974 Suffolk Div 1 & 2 League Champions, plus won the Suffolk KO Cup Team Championship.
1975 Suffolk League Div 1 Champions plus won the Suffolk KO Cup Team Championship.
1978 won the St John's Cup at Great Wakering.
- Greg Allen(1975)
- John Chiverton(1972-75)
- Merv Cooper(1973)
- Paul Emsden(1974-75)
- Tim Emsden(1974-75)
- John Fisher(1974-75)
- Adrian Foulger(1974-75)
- Jeffrey Gloss(1974-75)
- Chris Gooch(1972)
- Chris Hart(1972-75)
- Michael Hart(1972-75)
- Alan Harvey(1972-75)
- Steve Hetherington(1974-75)
- Dave Hunting(1972-75 + 78)
- Brian Jacobs(1974-75)
- Colin Jacobs(1974-75)
- Kenny Jessup(1973-75)
- Ricky Jessup(1973-75)
- Tim Monaghan(1974)
- Paul Norris(1974)
- Kenny Parker(1975)
- Brian Paternoster(1974-75)
- Steve Potter(1973-75)
- Brian Quinton(1974-75)
- David "Daisey" Read(1975)
- Phil Read(1975)
- Jimmy Robinson(1974)
- Ian Sharman(1974)
- Dick Smith(1974-75)
- Ray Smith(1972-75)
- Rob Smith(1974-75)
- Robert Smith(1972-75)
- Tim Snook(1975)
- Kevin Stollery(1974)
- Guy Vincent(1973-75)
- Colin Watson(1973-74)
- Paul Woods(1975)
1974 Bombers Senior Team. L/R: Rob Smith...
1974 Bombers Senior Team. Back row L/R G...
1974 Kenny Jessup(outer) and Rob Smith l...
1974 Kenny Jessup(outer) and Rob Smith a...
1974 Robert Smith(left) & Dick Smith lea...
1974 Dick Smith(outer) & Robert Smith le...
1974 Chris Hart leads with Steve Potter ...
1974 Rob Smith leads with Guy Vincent be...
1974 Chris Hart(outer) with Kenny Jessup...
1974 Rob Smith(outer) and Kenny Jessup b...
1974 at Headley. The parents and support...
1974 on way to Leicester. Kenny Jessup, ...
1974 The Bombers heading to Leicester. L...
1974 on coach to Leicester. L/R: John Ch...
1974. Rob Smith in action in the British...
1974. Kenny Jessup-Robert Smith-Dick Smi...
1974. Kenny Jessup(right) & Keith Keeble...
1974. John Chiverton(in Somersham Stars ...
1976 Grundisburgh Track. In photo John C...
1976 Grundisburgh Track.
1976 Grundisburgh Track.
Dave Hunting leads at the Norwich Stars ...
L/R Dave Hunting-John Hare-Alan Ford(tak...
Grundisburgh Track 2010.
Grundisburgh Track 2010
2014. Grundisburgh track uncovered.
2014. Another view of the track.
2014 12th July 40 year reunion. L/R: Rob...
2014 reunion. Ray Smith who should have ...
2014 reunion. L/R: Rob Smith-Dick Smith-...
2014 reunion. L/R: Dick Smith-Mike Hart-...
2014 reunion. L/R: Robert Smith-Ray Smit...
2014 reunion. Back L/R: John Fisher-Rob ...
2014 reunion. Back L/R: Merv Cooper-Adri...
2014 reunion. Some of the local boys who...
2014 reunion. Post race discussion by fo...
2014 reunion. The end of a fantastic day...