Eric Spencer
Page updated 23-Dec-2010
A portrait of Eric Spencer from a Douglas brochure.

Eric Spencer was born in 1898, the same year as Gus. As they both competed in motorcycle trials in the 1920s and then took to the dirt track, it is not surprising that their paths often crossed.

In 1924 Eric was riding a 346cc Douglas in the London to Exeter 24 hour trial, winning a Gold Medal in the most atrocious weather conditions. In April of the same year he won a certificate in the Stock Machine Trial in Yorkshire.

In the 1926 London-Exeter he again got a Gold Medal on his 348 Douglas and then in December 1927 he competed in the London-Gloucester-London Trial, winning a silver cup.

In 1928 he is back at the 'Exeter', yet again winning gold. In the National Southern Trial, held in the South Eastern Centre's area in perfect weather, 120 starters had a thoroughly enjoyable day's fun. Eric, on his Douglas, and Gus both won Gold Medals. That same year he took to speedway and was runner up (to Vic Huxley) in the Silver Pennant Trophy series at White City, Harringay & Wimbledon.

In 1929 he joined Harringay and competed in the Star Riders championship. He also represented England vs Wales at Cardiff and Wimbledon, and in a 'Test Match' series (Home vs Colonies) at West Ham and Wimbledon.

Eric Spencer in action

Eric is featured in the 1929 set of Cigarette Cards from Ogdens 'Famous Dirt-Track Riders'. The information on the reverse of his card tells us: "An English rider who has come very much to the front lately, Eric Spencer is the owner of a very fast Douglas machine. His cool and clever style of riding has made him a popular figure at all International Speedway meetings. He has many of the most valuable trophies to his credit including the Golden Helmet, Silver Helmet and Golden Gauntlet. He has also competed successfully in a number of match races and handicaps."

He stayed with Harringay until they withdrew from the Southern League during the 1931 season.

When Eric retired from speedway he opened a radio and electrical business at Welling in Kent. He died in 1948.

Many thanks to Mick Spencer for some of this information.