According to a German website, former Czech rider Vaclav Verner has revealed that Ivan Mauger is suffering from Alzheimer's at an advanced stage. Clearly, this explains why he recently announced his retirement from public life.
Utterly devastating news, and I'm sure all of us will wish Ivan all the very best. I'm not old enough to have seem him ride, but his achievements and records speak for themselves.
All the best Ivan, and enjoy your retirement with your family.
If true, a tragedy. Speedway has had many heroes, we have been very fortunate at Wolves to have been witness to very many. When I first visited Monmore Green, one figure overshadowed all. Ivan Mauger. He was the consummate professional; in this respect he was thirty years before his time. For those that think today's sport has its comic and ad hoc elements it was Mauger that persuaded the BSPA to allow him to ride a full season only doing home meetings. His club, Exeter, were allowed a guest facility all year for away meetings. On top he was helicoptered to Exeter each Monday from his north west home. I saw him pinch his fourth World title in 1972 when our own Ole Olsen was clearly the best rider on show. His Golden Helmet match races with Ole are still vivid memories, more than 40 years on. They brought the track record down to 63.4!