Zdeněk Kudrna

Male, Deceased Person

1946 – 1982


Who was Zdeněk Kudrna?

Zdeněk Kudrna was an international speedway rider who reached he Speedway World Championship final in 1979. He also finished third in the Individual Ice Racing World Championship twice, in 1977 and 1979. Kudrna was Czech Ice Racing champion six times, after the last of which he was awarded title Sportsman of the Year by the Czech Motorcycle Federation.

Kudrna first rode in the UK for the Exeter Falcons in 1979 with fellow compatriots Aleš Dryml, Sr., Jan Verner and Václav Verner. Also in 1979 he finished seventh Speedway World Championship final and was a member of the Czechoslovak team that finished third in the Speedway World Team Cup.

1980 saw him move to the Birmingham Brummies where he was nicknamed Kermit due to his bright green leathers. The Czechoslovak authorities refused him permission to ride in the UK in 1981 but in 1982 he returned to the Brummies.


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Sep 2, 1946
  • Czech Republic
Jun 1, 1982

on July 23, 2013