LIONEL VAN PRAAG - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED - HFSID 152577
LIONEL VAN PRAAG Black and white picture post card (3½x5½) featuring the 1936 Speedway World Champion, signed in blue ink. Extremely rare! Picture post card signed: "L. Van Praag", B/w 3½x5½.
Sale Price $198.00
LIONEL VAN PRAAG
Black and white picture post card (3½x5½) featuring the 1936 Speedway World Champion, signed in blue ink. Extremely rare!
Picture post card signed: "L. Van Praag", B/w 3½x5½. Australian born motorcycle racer Lionel Van Praag (1908-1987) made his racing debut in 1926, shortly after the opening of the Speedway Royal in Sydney. He had a successful 1926 season, and traveled oversea to compete in Europe for several years, winning the first world speedway championship in London in 1936. He would appear in two more World Final Appearances in the subsequent years, but failed to place in the top three. He took a break from auto racing in 1941 to enlist in the Royal Australian Air Force and was appointed to No.2 Wireless Air Gunners School with the rank of acting sergeant. In 1942, Van Praag's transport plane was shot down while traveling over the Sumbai Strait, landing in the waters. The racer defended himself and one of his crew members from shark attacks for thirty hours, and was awarded the George Medal upon his rescue for his bravery. After the end of World War II, Praag returned to auto racing, but retired shortly after to focus on a career as a commercial pilot. He passed in 1987, and was inducted three years later into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Corners slightly worn. Signature faint, but clearly legible. Mounting remnants on verso. Slightly toned. Fine condition.
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