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Golden Gauntlet awarded to Australian speedway star Frank Arthur 1928

2004.0020.0002

Golden Gauntlet awarded to Australian speedway star Frank Arthur 1928

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Physical description

Trophy in the form of a brown leather gauntlet glove, decorated with a gold relief human figure on a speedway bike with outstretched wings on either side. There is speedway insignia in coloured enamel below the figure. There are small oval gold plaques attached to the back of the glove and fingers, with engraved names and dates of race winners, one bearing the text "SEASON 1928 / WON BY / FRANK ARTHUR". The trophy has hallmarks.

Statement of significance

The Frank Arthur Collection consists of one sterling silver helmet trophy and one golden gauntlet trophy, both were won in the British speedway season of 1927-28.

Frank Arthur's international racing debut in England in 1927 saw him winning many trophies. From the following year Arthur started promoting other riders. His company Empire Speedways Pty Ltd quickly became one of the most successful in Australia. Arthur's involvement in speedway lasted over forty years and gave him the nickname 'Mr Speedway'.

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