Peterborough Speedway Legend Richard Greer has been appointed as the track curator at Alwalton for 2009.
He will be responsible for preparing the Showground track surface for all matches this year, and he brings years of experience, having helped both when he was a rider and when he retired from racing.
Richard, who completed 7 years in Panthers colours was a member of the inaugural team of 1970, and is one of only 8 riders that have scored more than 2,000 points for the club in their 40 year history to date.
Richard rode for Peterborough between 1970 & 1973 before moving up to the top sphere of racing with Oxford, White City & Birmingham. He attained heat leader status with all 3 clubs and was team captain for Peterborough, White City and Birmingham in his time.
Two serious injuries restricted his career however, and he returned to spearhead the Panthers from 1979 to complete another 3 seasons for his home town, before hanging up his leathers at the end of the 1981 season.
In all he rode in 234 official matches for Peterborough scoring 2,088 points for an impressive career average of 8.39, scoring 35 paid and full maximums along the way, a figure surpassed by only two other Panthers.
When he retired from racing, Richard became a regular at Peterborough and quickly established himself by becoming Clerk of the Course at Alwalton, later also becoming an FIM official at that level and he has officiated in that position at several British Grand Prix’s at Cardiff and the World Cup held at Eastbourne.
Presently he is the Meeting Coordinator, a role he will continue for the future, which will compliment his new responsibilities.
Richard Greer said: “Hopefully when the weather picks up in the next few weeks I can start to prepare the circuit for this season, I am looking forward to the challenge and will be aiming to get some real consistency so the riders will get to know what to expect.
I know when I raced how important it is to maintain that consistency and not have to worry about different home tracks each week, we have excellent track staff at Peterborough, and I know should I need help at some point, I will get it; we work well as a team and if you enjoy your work it shows in the results.”
Peterborough Promoter Mick Bratley said: “The name of Richard Greer has been synonymous with the club since it was formed. Dick was my hero when I was a kid and even today I am in awe of the man and I always feel uncomfortable when asking him to sort something out on race nights!! He is, I consider these days, a good friend of mine, he is fondly known by staff of the club as ‘The Legend’, indeed his track name badge just states ‘Legend’. I have no doubt he will provide an excellent racing surface for our team.”
Peterborough Team Manager Trevor Swales said: “As Dick Greer has been a very good friend of mine for many years way back to the late 1960`s I personally am very pleased that Dick “the legend” Greer will be doing the track in 2009. Dick did the track a few times last year and the boys remarked that it was the best it had been for a long time. Dick will be doing more than just track preparation he will oversee all that happens at the Showground. This will ensure smoother running not only on race days but the days leading up to and after the meeting”.