A Redcliffe resident, Alan "Pops" Rivett was an international speedway rider and administrator of note for many years.
Born in Whangārei, New Zealand on 21st March 1956, he went to the United Kingdom in 1980's and rode for seven British Speedway clubs from 1984 to 1990.
The clubs included:
1986-1989 Exeter Falcons
1986 King's Lynn Stars
1989 Long Eaton Invaders
1990 Berwick Bandits
Coming to Australia, he rode internationally for Australia and New Zealand from the mid 1980's. He raced for the Brisbane Club in the Queensland State League.
He was instrumental in bringing international speedway to the Redcliffe Showgrounds for an unofficial Australia vs England Super Test in 1985/86.
Rivett reached the final of the Speedway World Pairs Championship in the 1988 Speedway World Pairs Championship. Despite riding for Australia he was called up to replace injured New Zealand rider David Bargh in the final.
In the 1990/91 international series against Sweden, he was part of the Australian team in the Brisbane test match.
He is shown on the Champions Honour role on the Old Time Speedway Board of Australia.
Alan Rivett is listed on the wall of the Redcliffe Wall of Fame:
A collection of portrait and information honouring the achievements of individuals who have influenced and shaped Redcliffe. The collection is in the Jetty Arcade at 139-141 Redcliffe Parade.
For a complete list of people who appear on the wall click on the following blog post: