Welcome to the site...

This website was launched to mark the huge contribution that John Louis has made to speedway in Ipswich, and further afield, over the last 40 years.

We will be adding photos, people's memories of watching John ride and/or achieve honours as a promoter plus anything else that they can think of.

If you would like to send in photos, memories of John's achievements, etc. please use this link: Contact Us and we will add it to the site.

Return of the TigerLatest site updates...

February: An Evening With John Louis, full report here

November: 1979 BLRC details added here

September: New photos added here and here

August: Tiger by name, Tiger by nature here

Career summary...

In 1969 John was a storeman at Dave Bicker's motorcycle shop in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich and at the weekends he took part in motorbike scrambling.

Ron Bagley and John Thurley (co-promoter with John Berry at Ipswich) were responsible for persuading John to have a go at speedway, using Ron's bike.

Howdy Byford came up with the "Tiger" nickname from John's outfit of a tatty yellow jumper worn over brown leathers.

The rest, as they say, is history - John quickly became a firm favourite with the Foxhall faithful and led the Ipswich Witches through the golden years of the seventies.

He went on to represent his country, achieving success in pairs & team events with Malcolm Simmons, Peter Collins, Dave Jessup, Ray Wilson, Terry Betts, etc.

When the time came to hang up his leathers he then turned to promotion of the team he had served so well as a rider; the Ipswich Witches. In 1998, the team of Tomasz Gollob, Tony Rickardsson, Chris Louis, Scott Nicholls, Toni Svab and Savalas Clouting, achieved the three major titles of Elite League Champions, Knock Out Cup Champions and winners of the Craven Shield.

The 2009 Ipswich team kevlars included several reminders of the colours/stripes worn by John when he was riding.

John was presented with a special award to mark his 40 years in speedway at the Ipswich Speedway Supporters Club end of season dinner dance on October 24th, 2009

John and Chris Louis

John in action