Cyril May Index Page

Cyril May, the well-known speedway historian, journalist and author, knew Gus well and wrote a summary of Gus Kuhn's career shortly after his death in 1966.

He also wrote a series of articles about Gus in 1976/77 which were published monthly in the Speedway Express. They are a detailed and informative insight into the pioneering days of motorcycle sport. Unfortunately, the magazine went bust before the series was completed. (Many thanks to Steve Wilkes for providing most of these articles)

Part 1: ALL ROUNDER - covering the 1919 Victory Cup Trial and Gus's ride on the little Levis from Birmingham to John O'Groats to Land's End, ending in London.

Part 2: KING OF THE TRIALS - covering 1920, including Colmore Cup Trial, ACU Six Days Trial and the Victory Trial.

Part 3: LAND'S END - A CLASSIC - including the 1921 London-Land's End, Colmore & Victory Trials and the 1922 Colmore and London-Lands End Trials, etc.

Part 4: ISLE OF MAN EXCITEMENT - including the 1922 TT and 1923 Land's End-John O'Groats Trial.

Part 5: 1924 THE BEST YEAR - including the Colmore, Victory Cup, ACU Stock Machine and London-Edinburgh Trials, etc.

Part 6: GUS ON THE BALL - including the 1924 Camberley Rodeo, Land's End-John O'Groats and Thompson Cup Trials, etc.

Part 7: BATTLING WITH THE ELEMENTS - including the 1924 Boxing Day London to Exeter Trial and the 1925 TT and Southern Scott Scramble, etc.

Part 8: GUS GOES INTO EUROPE - including the 1925 Belgian Grand Prix and the Camberley Club's Thompson Cup Scramble.

Part 9: TRIAL GLORY - covering the 1925 London-Exeter Christmas Trial, the 1926 Isle of Man TT and Camberley Scramble as well as a description of the start of Dirt Track Racing in America and Australia. Also, Freddie Dixon.

Part 10: PRIDE WAS HIS SECRET - covering the 1927 London to Edinburgh Reliability Trial and the first two road race meetings at Crystal Palace.

Part 11: BROADSIDING DISPLAY IN SURREY - covering the first attempts to bring dirt track racing to England and the last Crystal Palace meeting of 1927.

Part 12: KUHN AT THE PALACE - discusses the beginning of racing at Crystal Palace and the speedway stars of the future who competed in the 1927 London-Gloucester-London Trial, with special mention of the lady entrants.

Part 13: THESE REALLY WERE BIG TRIALS - covering the Christmas Exeter Trial, which was postponed until January 1928, and the beginnings of Speedway in Britain.