David Howe (speedway rider)

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David Howe
Born (1982-03-01) 1 March 1982 (age 36)
Leicester, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Website www.davidhoweracing.co.uk
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
1997-2001 Peterborough Panthers
1998, 2012, 2013 King's Lynn Stars
2002-2005, 2007-8 Wolverhampton Wolves
2006 Oxford Cheetahs
2009-2015 Scunthorpe Scorpions
2015 Glasgow Tigers
2017 Berwick Bandits
Individual honours
2000 British Under-21 Champion
2005 Scottish Open Champion
Team honours
1999 Elite League

David Peter Howe (born 1 March 1982) is a British former professional motorcycle speedway rider.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom, officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but more commonly known as the UK or Britain, is a sovereign country lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Motorcycle speedway motorcycle sport

Motorcycle speedway, usually referred to as speedway, is a motorcycle sport involving four and sometimes up to six riders competing over four anti-clockwise laps of an oval circuit. The motorcycles are specialist machines which use only one gear and have no brakes; racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of dirt, loosely packed shale, or crushed rock. Competitors use this surface to slide their machines sideways, powersliding or broadsiding into the bends. On the straight sections of the track the motorcycles reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).



Born in Leicester, England, David Howe started his career on 31 March 1997, aged 15, with the Peterborough Panthers team in the Conference League.

Leicester City and unitary authority area in England

Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and close to the eastern end of the National Forest.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

Peterborough Panthers

The Peterborough Panthers are a British speedway team based in Peterborough, England.

He is a three-time Grand Prix participant, having been awarded wild card places for 2003 Speedway Grand Prix series in Britain and Slovenia. He also featured as a wild card for the 2007 Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain, awarded to him after finishing runner-up in the 2007 British Championship. [1]

Speedway Grand Prix are a series of stand-alone motorcycle speedway events over the course of a season used to determine the Speedway World Champion.

The 2003 Speedway Grand Prix season is the ninth season in the Speedway Grand Prix era and is used to determine the Speedway World Champion.

The 2007 Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain, known as the 2007 FIM Meridian Lifts British Speedway Grand Prix for sponsorship reasons, was the fifth race of the 2007 Speedway Grand Prix season. It took place on 30 June in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

In 1999 he won 3 Titles with Peterborough Panthers: The Elite League Title, the Knockout Cup and the Craven Shield. He won the British Under-21 Champion in 2000 and in 2002 he finished third in the World Under-21 Championship.

The Craven Shield is a speedway cup competition in the United Kingdom governed by the Speedway Control Bureau (SCB), in conjunction with the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA). It is named in memory of Peter Craven, a British speedway rider and twice FIM World Champion, who was killed after a racing accident in 1963.

David was also successful in both Grasstrack and Longtrack having competed at the highest level of both disciplines.

David used GM engines that were tuned by Sean Wilson.

Howe announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the 2018 season. [2]

Speedway Grand Prix

 permanent speedway rider
  wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
 rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)

Domestic leagues

Kings Lynn Stars

King's Lynn Stars are a motorcycle speedway team who compete in the SGB Premiership. The nickname "Stars" comes from the defunct Norwich Stars team. The team was founded in 1965 and has been running continually since then, except for 1996 when King's Lynn failed to have a team competing in the British league system.

Wolverhampton Wolves

The Wolverhampton Wolves are a British speedway team based in Wolverhampton, England. They are sponsored by Parry's International Travel, and have signed a new deal with owner Dave Parry for the 2008 season onwards. The team is managed by Peter Adams and the promoter of the club is Chris Van Straaten. They were the Sky Sports Elite League Champions in 2002. The Wolverhmapton Wolves regained the Champion status in the 2009 season, beating the Swindon Robins 95-90 on aggregate in the 2009 play-offs. Their most recent title success happened in 2016 beating the top of the table finishing Belle Vue Aces. After winning by an 18-point margin at home in the first leg by beating the Belle Vue Aces 54-36, the second leg was actually a win for Belle Vue of 50-42 meaning victory for the Wolves by a 10-point margin with the aggregate scores 96-86.

Oxford Cheetahs

The Oxford Cheetahs were a British speedway team based at Oxford Stadium, in Oxford, England. They were founded in 1949 and were five times champions of Britain, in 1964, 1985, 1986, 1989 and 2001. The club folded in 2007.

World Longtrack Championship


2001 - One G.P. (N/S Reserve)

2012 - Two G.P. 8pts (21st)

2013 - Four G.P. 46pts (15th)

2014 - Three G.P. 29pts (12th)

Best Grand-Prix Result


European Grasstrack Championship


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  1. BBC . "Howe secures place in British GP". 5 June 2007. Retrieved on 30 May 2013.
  2. "Berwick Speedway: David Howe announces his racing retirement", worldspeedway.com, 21 October 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018