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Keeping Alive Memories of Speedway Racing at the Boldon Stadium, dedicated to the Memory of Vic Harding, Jack Millen, Colin Robertson, Vic Ridgeon, Bernie Aldridge, Pauline Dent and Elizabeth Martin
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Jack Millen
"Crazy Jack"
What can we say about Jack that hasn't already been said? A one-man
whirlwind of excitement. Along with Graeme Smith he breathed life into a
‘Stars’ Team that had relied all too heavily on Russ and George in the previous
season (71).

Controversial and a showman through and through, life was never dull when
Jack was around. Rough, tough, and always keen to take a chance to make
the sport exciting for the public.

Jack topped the averages for the "Stars" in 1972 with 8.69. In 1973 he peaked
with an average of 9.74, not bad for a guy that kept getting injured, and that
was to prove "Crazy Jack's" highest average in British speedway.

In his two seasons with Sunderland, Jack's reputation took off, this was where
he started to have people sit up and take notice of him. It was with Sunderland
that the "Jack and Frankie" wars took place, Teesside's Frank Auffret along
with Jack Millen, go down in speedway folklore, the atmosphere was "White
Hot" at Boldon and at Cleveland Park, the places were "Jumping".

                                          Four and a half years after he rode his last
                                          meeting for Sunderland, Crazy Jack Millen died in
                                          a tragic road accident, having just signed for
                                          Berwick ‘Bandits’. To this day he is sadly missed
                                          by his legion of fans, "Rest in Peace Jack".