Australian Jim Ryman, one of the real superstars of Boston speedway history, is set to return to the town for the first time in more than 40 years... as fans of the sport hold their latest reunion.
Without question, Jimbo was one of the most popular riders ever to wear the blue and silver body jacket and he will be guest of honour at the next Friends Of Boston Reunion.
During the club’s halcyon days, Jim, now 72, was an important member of the British League Division Two Championship and also Knock-Out Cup-winning team which brought glory to the town in 1973.
Unfortunately, Jim missed the final due to a broken leg but still joined in the celebrations when the whole team took the trophy back from Workington to the Pilgrim Hospital at 4am.
Speaking from his home in Queensland, Jim has just recovered from a double knee Replacement surgery, saying: “I cant wait to link up with my former teammates and supporters who took me to their hearts.
“Boston has always had a special place in my heart .”
The first Saturday of the new year (January 2 this year), has now become synonymous with the annual Friends Of Boston Speedway held in the plush surroundings of the Poachers Country Hotel, Kirton Holme.
This nostalgic occasion, now in its fifth year, continues to go from strength to strength with more than 50 Barracuda legends expected to attend with this year’s event taking on a completely new format.
Graham Brown will open the evening with a tribute to Jack Bywater, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Jack’s family will be present and Cyril Crane will propose a toast alongside Jacks former team mates from the early 70s.
Another new innovation will be the return leg of the quiz against Peterborough with Micheal Spink, Robert Mouncer Steve Lomas forming the backbone thirsting for revenge against the Panthers .
Many other riders have expressed the desire to attend the social function including Les Rumsey, John Jackson, Syd Sheldrick, Richard Greer, Brian Clarke, Simon Lambert (pictured), Ian Barney and Neil Cotton.
To help the organisers set up the venue with a machine exhibition featuring bikes from the 60s to the present day and a film show by Maurice Brader, supporters are asked not to arrive before 6.45pm.
Entry is free.