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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 it was whilst reigning champion that he shot dead his wife, Pamela, before turning the gun on himself at their home, Grey Horse Farm, in Bradshaw, West Yorkshire
Whilst in the area in 2008, I visited the grave of Kenny and Pamela at Bradshaw, and also passed by their home nearby where the shooting took place
Even allowing for the monstrous end to the two young lives, there is a tragic story of Kenny's upbringing and home-life, which is extremely well recounted in Tony McDonald's book, "Tragedy", published in 2007
More recently, Kenny's brother Alan, a champion road racer, has published his autobiography which adds further information about the "tragedy" of the Carter lives
RIP Kenny and Pamela

Grey Horse Farm, Bradshaw - 15 Feb 2008

Grey Horse Farm, Bradshaw - 15 Feb 2008

The church of St John the Evangelist, Bradshaw - 15 Feb 2008

The church of St John the Evangelist, Bradshaw - 15 Feb 2008

The grave of Kenny and Pamela Carter - 15 Feb 2008

The grave of Kenny and Pamela Carter - 15 Feb 2008

The grave of Kenny and Pamela Carter - 15 Feb 2008

The grave of Kenny and Pamela Carter - 15 Feb 2008

The grave of Kenny and Pamela Carter - 15 Feb 2008

The grave of Kenny and Pamela Carter - 15 Feb 2008

"Tragedy" by Tony McDonald, 2007

"Tragedy" by Tony McDonald, 2007

"Light in the Darkness" by Alan Carter, 2011

"Light in the Darkness" by Alan Carter, 2011

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