Ted Sturgess roared out of Hamilton, Ont., in 1938 to become Canada’s most successful road and dirt-track motorcycle racer. His early exploits earned 18-year-old Sturgess an invitation to ride for Britain’s West Ham racing team in the English National League. Sturgess returned to Canada at the outbreak of WWII. In 1940, he won every track championship in Canada. He served 4-1/2 years in the RCAF, resuming racing after WWII and winning even more Canadian titles.
Image of Ted Sturgess in the Forties by Barry Brown via Tales from a Somerset Shed