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Speedy Pete had plenty of juice

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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PEOPLE living on an estate in Stafford were well used to seeing a Zephyr 6 car with a speedway bike strapped to its back . . . and they knew it was Peter Jarman.

The Londoner, popularly known to speedway fans as the Lemon Juice Kid or PLJ (his initials), would leave his Harcourt Way home three or four times a week to battle with the best of riders on his 500cc JAP machine.

In 1967, Peter was regularly clocking up 45,000 miles a year, being the key man in the Wolverhampton Wolves team and earning around £30 on a good night.

His expenses were high - replacing the motor would cost hundreds, leathers were £30, boots cost £7 and helmets were £5 apiece.

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Though unplaced in his first four races, he later began to amass trophies and even beat world champion Barry Briggs.

He rode with the Stoke Potters team until the Sun Street track closed and later rode with the Cradley Heath Heathens and the Eastbourne Eagles in 1977.

Peter Jarman died in 2007.

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