From amateur, local racer to international speedway champion, Phil Crump paved the way for future riders from Mildura.
PHIL CRUMP (VOICEOVER): You started off basically riding around in the bush at the back of Cardross here. I bought a motocross bike, and then I was lucky enough to be out at the motorbike club one day, and a bloke by the name of Phil Sedgeman asked me if I'd like to have a ride on his speedway bike. That was the start of it basically. It just seemed to come pretty natural to me. I met a bloke by the name of Neil Street from Melbourne. He was an international speedway rider, and he recommended me to somebody in England, and off I went.
All of a sudden when I got there, I knew nobody, knew nothing about the sport really. And all of a sudden I went from a nobody to beating lots and lots of good riders. It all just happened. I didn't plan anything really. I was pretty competitive. I always put 100% in whether I was riding in Mildura or whether I was riding in England or Sweden or wherever it may have been. I think it was just the fun of riding the thing, just trying to master riding the thing without being tipped off.
BRENDON GLEDHILL (VOICEOVER): Phil was the first of our riders to go internationally, and he really paved the way for all of the other lads that have followed. And there's probably been 30 riders that have gone from this club to ride professionally in the United Kingdom and Europe since that time.
Everybody wants to emulate Phil and I think that was how it all started. I mean, there's boys now that have grown up having never seen Phil race. But they've seen the products of Phil Crump racing. They've seen all of the other good riders that we have at the club, eight-times Australian champion Leigh Adams, Jason Lyons, Mark Lemon, Travis McGowan, all those sort of riders. A lot of good riders that have gone before have actually carried that tradition that Phil Crump started.
PHIL CRUMP (VOICEOVER): Mildura is pretty lucky because you got a terrific speedway here, which is very similar to a lot of the tracks in England. So there's a lot of riders that have gone from Mildura to Europe, and very few of them have been injured, because they were lucky enough they had to learn to ride the bike the right way in Mildura. The way the track is there, you just had to-- It was a really good teaching ground.
I do feel connected with it, you know. Even when I go in now, I think, yeah, well, this is where it basically all started. Most of the riders in Mildura, you can kind of see a little bit of me in the way they ride the bike, so that's pretty pleasing when you look at it that way.