John Chaplin pens book on legend Ivan Mauger

John Chaplin with his book about world champion speedway rider Ivan Mauger
John Chaplin with his book about world champion speedway rider Ivan Mauger
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An author from Stamford who has spent a lifetime writing and reporting on the sport of speedway has recently published two books on the subject.

John Chaplin, 78, of North Street, Stamford has put his years of journalism experience working for the top Fleet Street national newspapers to good use.

John, who is widely regarded throughout the speedway world as the leading authority on the history of the sport, has written a book about arguably the greatest speedway rider of all time, Ivan Mauger, who won 15 world titles on speedway and long track.

John’s book. Ivan Mauger: The Man Behind the Myth, is an honest examination of the rider.

Through a series of interviews with leading figures in the sport and Ivan Mauger’s life John gives a balanced and objective picture of the racing phenomenon.

John said: “I wanted people to know the true nature of the man. A great myth has grown up about the man, that he was virtually unbeatable. But this looks at how he was obsessed by keeping records to make sure he was the best and that in fact he was a bit of a ego maniac.”

John spent two years producing the book.John, who has been writing about speedway since 1957, has also teamed up photography achieve keeper John Somerville to produce a second book called Speedway Heroes.

The book is a collection of the greatest stories from sports most famous personalities from speedway’s 84-year history.

Ivan Mauger: The Man Behind the Myth, price £14.99 is available from direct from the publishers The History Press, visit or call 01453 883300, at Amazon and good book shops.

Speedway Heroes, price £19.99, is available from Halsgrove Publishing at or call 01823 653777.