Kenneth 'Kenny' Malcolm Carter (28 March 1961 - 21 May 1986), was a world class speedway rider. He rode for Newcastle Diamonds (1978), Halifax Dukes (1979-85) and Bradford Dukes (1986).
Carter was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He was widely regarded as a future World Champion and become the World Pairs Champion with Peter Collins in 1983. He took on six-time World Champion Ivan Mauger as his manager in 1981 who set him up with a Weslake bike and Carter qualified for the 1981 World Final. He finished 5th in 1981 and repeated the result in 1982 in Los Angeles after a controversial Heat 14 exclusion following a coming together with defending champion (and eventual 1982 winner) Bruce Penhall in which Carter fell and was excluded for being the reason the race had to be stopped (Carter slid through the fence). Amazingly, Kenny finished 5th again in 1983.
Kenny Carter also won the British League Riders' Championship in 1981 and 1982.
Carter was British Champion in 1984 and 1985, and later that year appeared as a television commentator alongside Dave Lanning for the 1985 World Final at the Odsal Stadium in Bradford. Less than one year later, Carter shot dead his wife, Pamela, before turning the gun on himself at their home, Grey Horse Farm, in Bradshaw, West Yorkshire.
Carter was the older brother of Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Alan Carter.
1 World Final Appearances,
2 Speedway World Pairs Championship,
3 Speedway World Team Cup,
5 External links,
World Final Appearances:
1981 - London, Wembley Stadium - 5th - 11pts,
1982 - Los Angeles, Memorial Coliseum - 5th - 10pts,
1983 - Norden, Motodrom Halbemond - 5th - 10pts,
Speedway World Pairs Championship:
1982 - Sydney, Liverpool Speedway (with Peter Collins) - 2nd - 22pts (7),
1983 - Göteborg, Ullevi (with Peter Collins) - Winner - 25pts (15),
1985 - Rybnik, Rybnik Municipal Stadium (with Kelvin Tatum) - 2nd - 27pts (14),
Speedway World Team Cup:
1981 - Olching, Speedway Stadion Olching (with Dave Jessup / Chris Morton / John Davis / Gordon Kennett) - 2nd - 29pts (9),
1983 - Vojens, Vojens Speedway Center (with Michael Lee / Dave Jessup / Chris Morton / Peter Collins) - 2nd - 29pts (8)