Special event in Rugby to remember speedway’s Nigel ‘Booey’ Boocock

Nigel Boocock
Nigel Boocock

A speedway icon and former Rugby resident will be remembered at a special commemorative event this weekend.

Nigel Boocock, who entertained thousands of speedway fans throughout the world, passed away in April, aged 77.

Nigel Boocock

Nigel Boocock

The speedway fanatic known as ‘Booey’ will be remembered at a free event at Brandon stadium on Saturday, January 9 at 11 am.

Tony Gillias, former Mayor of Rugby and speedway racer, has helped organise the event.

Three generations of the Boocock family are returning to the Rugby speedway stadium, along with the ashes of the ‘legend of the ‘Bees’, who dedicated 18 years (1959 to 1976) of his life to entertaining generations of fans.

Former riders of the 50s, 60s, 70s, through to the modern day and including world champions, will be taking the opportuniuty to show their appreciation to such a sporting icon.

‘Booey’, who created history at Brandon by riding in 748 matches, more than any other rider and scoring a massive 7375 points, had been an idol to generations of fans throughout the world.

Nigel lived in Park Road, Rugby, and then in Addison Road, for many years before emigrating to Australia. He was a Bees star for 18 years and was highly respected in the sport.

The opportunity for the public to show their appreciation is recognised by Nigel’s widow Cynthia, her children and grandchildren, who have asked for former fans, present supporters and the public to support her, as Nigel’s ashes take a final lap around the track and are committed to the Brandon shale, in the old gate one position.

The speedway bike will be ridden by Nigel’s British Lions protege and 1976 World Champion, Peter Collins, and the ashes held by grandson Thomas, for the final lap of honour.

Some names from the past that will be attending include Rick France, Roger Hill, Tony Lomas, John Harrhy, Frank Smith, Doug Wyer, Olle Nygren, Ray Wilson, Eric Broadbelt, Colin Pratt, Jim Lightfoot, Eric Boocock, Jim Mcmillan and present riders and stars, including current captain, Chris ‘bomber’ Harris.