Max Grosskreutz
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Australian Max Grosskreutz (1906-1994) was born in Prosperine, North Queensland, and in 1927 became one of that country's first Speedway Champions. In 1931 he was riding for Lea Bridge and White City (Manchester) before moving to the Belle Vue Aces in 1932, where he stayed until the end of the 1936 season. During that time he made forty-one Test Match appearances for Australia, and finished third in the Star Riders' Championship in 1935.

He dabbled with promotion in Germany, along with Dicky Case, but it was financially disastrous. There is also a story that Gus and Max tried to start speedway at Ipswich in the mid 1930s. They applied to run speedway at the home of Ipswich Town Football Club in Portman Road but the application was turned down and Ipswich had to wait many more years until their own speedway track was constructed in 1950.

In 1937 Max revived speedway at Norwich and the team entered the new Provincial League. 1938 saw the Provincial League become the National League, Second Division. During that year, although Max was manager, he also took part in races to bolster Norwich 's chances, and scored nine points. His inspiration spurred the Norwich team to win the National Trophy.

Although Max's best years were before WWII, when he was rated among the very best in the world, he returned to the track in 1947, riding for Odsal and made three further Test Match appearances, finally retiring due to injury in 1948.