A Pictorial Tribute to
The late Jim Shepherd - Journalist - Sports Historian Sports Commentator - Radio and TV Personality - Publisher and good friend.  I first met Jim 20 years ago when I joined the Veteran Speedway Riders Association of Australia in the hope of creating an Australian Speedway Museum at West Maitland Showground. The Museum did not eventuate but my friendship and association with Jim continued right up until his passing on the 15th. April 2013. 
We had all lost a great friend and a pillar of the history of Sport in Australia - in particular the sport of Speedway racing. As a photographer of Speedway and associated events I had the pleasure of photographing Jim, generally with a microphone in his hand, interviewing Speedway legends of the past at dinners and social outings.
Jim was Patron of the VSRA from its inception in 1991.
The following is my pictorial account of some of those great moments with Jim.
Jim - as I remember him.
A 1977 photo of Jim and Swedish International Solo rider Bernt Persson. Not one of my pics but the earliest I have of Jim. Jim was a trendy dresser I must say.
1995- the 1995 Veteran Speedway Riders Association of Australia's Re Union Dinner at Banksia NSW. Jim is shown here interviewing the fabulous Charles 'Chook' Hodgekiss - a true legend in Australian Sidecar racing.
An ambition of Jim was realised when he published this book in 2003 - A History of Australian Speedway - the only book written on the comprehensive history of the sport in Australia.  I was honoured that he used some of my photos to relate the later history.
August 21st. 1933 -  April 15th. 2013
10.11.2000 - Jim, Patron of the Veteran Speedway Riders Association of Australia, shown here with the two plaques laid on a brick wall in front of the old Suttor Stand at what was the Sydney Royale Speedway, now Fox Studios in Sydney.
The bronze plaque on the left I had cast, on behalf of the Australian & NSW Vintage Clubs, to commemorate the venue and all the riders and drivers who lost their lives at the track, 28 in all. The coloured plaque on the right was initiated by Fox Studios to recognise the grounds had been used for Speedway. The outline of the old dirt track is still present, although in a concrete and pebblecrete form.

1997 - VSRA Re Union Dinner Banksia - NSW and Jim interviews young and up and coming dirt motorcyclist - Judd Greedy.

Judd went on to a fine racing career as an adult, but was to lose his life in a racing accident. 
1999 - VSRA Re Union Dinner  Sans Souci NSW - Jim interviews two multi World Speedway Champions - Ronnie Moore ( centre )  Ivan Mauger on right.
2001 - VSRA Re Union Dinner Sans Souci - NSW.

Jim shown here with friend of 50 years - Peter White of Peter White's Speedway World publication.
2003 - VSRA Re Union
Sans Souci.
L to R
Bluey Scott - Ken Walsh 

Jack Geran and Jim
May 2003 - Jim interviews Keith 'Buck' Ryan prior to Keith unveiling the Remembrance Speedway plaque ( covered on wall ) at West Maitland Showground.
2005 - VSRA Re Union Dinner
Rydges - Parramatta.
Jim with Sidecar ace of the 60s - Doug Tyerman.
Jim shown here with Don Lawson - Australian Solo rider and International at the 2008 VSRA Re Union Dinner.
2010- VSRA Re Union
Judith and Jim Shepherd.
2011 - VSRA Re Union Dinner
Sans Souci NSW
Jim with multi World
Speedway Champion
  Ove Fundin.
2012- Jim interviews multi World Speedway Champion New Zealander
Barry Briggs
VSRA Re Union Dinner
Sans Souci.
2012 - VSRA Re Union Dinner

Jim with 1960s Sidecar ace Doug Robson.
2012 - VSRA Re Union Dinner - Sans Souci - Jim and Judith Shepherd are given gifts from the VSRA Executive and members as an expression of appreciation for their support of the VSRA from its inception - this was to be Jim's last Re Union.
L to R : VSRA Secretary Bill Powell - Jim - Judith - Colin McKee - VSRA President 2012 - 2013.
Rest in Peace - Jim Shepherd.
Jim's Funeral service and celebration of his life was held at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium in Sydney on April 23rd. 2013 and was attended by family and many friends and associates.  Jim was played out to his favourite Dixieland jazz music.