"Dave the Rave"
Dave, the grass-tracker from down the road in Darlington. He joined up with the "Stars" in 1971. He only rode in four
meetings at the back end of the season, so his meagre average of 0.92 masked his promise of better things to come.
Coming back the following season, Dave showed a great deal of determination to end up with an average of 5.27. As
early as May, he had made his mark with a 12 points at Ellesmere Port, yes "Dave was on his way".
1973 saw Dave increase his average to 7.56, second only to Jack Millen. Often out in the heats partnering "Crazy Jack",
he was regarded as the quiet member of the team, but it was fascinating to
watch the two complete opposites work a treat together.
Rattling up close to 300 points by the close of the season, Dave was going
well, he had ridden the same number of meetings as in 1972, but was paid
for 110 more points this time.
Sadly for the "Stars" fans, Dave moved on to 1st Division Halifax in 1974, the
Dukes had seen the potential in the popular rider
who progressed steadily in the top flight before a
nasty accident knocked him back.
Don't mention Eastbourne, Dave lost the tip of
thumb whilst riding there at the end of 1972.
Another thing that embarrasses him is the day
his throttle jammed wide open at Berwick's
Shielfield Park, Dave did a rodeo act right across
the football pitch before "Bailing-out".
The ever popular, Dave Gatenby, always
welcome at our Reunions.