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Personally I am a bit of a technology geek and will happily lend an ear to any kiwi combustion tale. Growing up with my motor-mad family on the North side of New Zealand, South Island legends like Burt Munro and John Britten were household names. But until last month I had never heard the name Ronnie Moore. At least until I started flipping a few pages into a scrapbook Sports Canterbury had passed on to me from the Moore family.
Whero Films had been commissioned to create 5 short films for the 2014 Canterbury Sports Awards.
One of these films was for inducting a Speedway rider named Ronnie Moore into the Sporting Hall of Fame. From newspaper articles, cartoon, and photos, the client and I decided to tell a short story about Ronnie's career.
After scanning a few articles I learnt that by age 21 Moore was the youngest rider to ever win an International Speedway Championship. What was even more impressive is that he did it on a broken leg!
It was hardly surprising Ronnie found winning Speedway so easy given he first learnt to ride on the ‘Wall of Death’ with his father at age 12. That lead into his Speedway career at age 15, going on to win the New Zealand Speedway Championship in 1956, 1962, 1968 and 1969.
Ronnie started his 25 year long Speedway career in Christchurch, New Zealand but lived and competed all over the world including London, Ireland, France, and Australia. Which must have been big-time stuff for an athlete of the 1950s.
After breaking almost every bone in his body and returning from retirement half a dozen times, Ronnie retired in 1975.
On Friday the 14th of February 2014 Ronnie Moore was inducted into the Canterbury Hall of Fame for his major contribution to the sporting community. He gave a great speech on the night and noted the value he felt of being recognised amongst his Cantabrian pairs.
If Whero Films had its way - a feature-length documentary would be commissioned about this mans incredible journey so that others could be inspired by Ronnie's success.
Below: Photo of Hall of Fame inductee Debbie Hockley and Ronnie Moore