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JON COOK 1965-2021

Former British Speedway vice-chairman Jon Cook passed away on Monday at the age of 55.

04 / 05 / 2021, 12:15

Former British Speedway vice-chairman Jon Cook passed away on Monday at the age of 55.

Jon became one of British’s speedway’s great characters as he promoted and team managed both Eastbourne and Lakeside.

He became an Eagles promoter in 1993 and led them to league titles in both 1995 and 2000, as well as winning two Knockout Cups and a British League Cup, before making the move to Lakeside in 2007.

Jon transformed the Hammers from Elite League also-rans into regular play-off contenders, taking them to the 2008 Grand Final. He also won the KO Cup with the Thurrock outfit in 2009.

Following Lakeside’s closure when the Arena-Essex Raceway was sold after the 2018 season, Jon spent one final season with Eastbourne in 2019.

Always forthright in his opinions on the sport and full of ideas to take it forward, Jon’s programme notes and interviews were always a great read, with his infectious passion for speedway there for all to see.

He served as British Speedway vice-chairman for three years between 2011 and 2014, during which time he played a key role in pushing through the old Elite League’s fast-track development scheme.

The programme elevated British Premier and National League riders into the top flight, with guaranteed team places.

It was a move that saw a number of riders gain Elite League experience and establish themselves as professional speedway riders, and the new Rising Star scheme looks set to build on that work this year.

British Speedway chairman Rob Godfrey said: “Everyone connected with British Speedway Promoters Ltd is in shock at this news. Our first thoughts are with Jon’s family.

“Personally I always got on well with Jon. We had lots of discussions about the sport and when he was interested in taking on the chairman’s role, he stood aside to allow me to take on the role. That speaks volumes for the man. I really cannot believe this news and on behalf of everyone in British Speedway, I pass on our sincere condolences to Jon’s family at this deeply difficult time.”

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