Alf Weedon R.I.P.
Alf Weedon the finest speedway photographer of his generation (or, arguably, any generation) has sadly passed away on January 19th 2014, aged 93. Even in his late 80s, the lessons and skills gained through a lifetime in and around speedway people – whether trackside, pitside or in trackshops – meant that Alf knew more about people, promotion and sales than many so called experts.
Every time I met Alf, he was full of life and very much a people person. Alf was both curious and kind as well as forthcoming with strong opinions and pithy bon mots about many subjects including speedway. My various books include brief conversations with Alf at Lakeside Speedway:
“Speedway is a working class sport, always was, always will be – it still is. We need to attract young people along, who we need to get into the sport. They’re not interested in expensive books on dead people or people that they haven’t even heard of or care about”.
“When I was number 1 in speedway, I used to sit next to the Mayor in Poland. They used to say, here’s your reserved seat. I’m too old now but I had fun then and don’t regret it!”
R.I.P. Alfred Charles Weedon (July 13, 1920- January 19, 2014)