GB Speedway Grand Prix legend Freddie Williams has dubbed the Millennium Stadium as ‘one of the greatest tracks in the country’ ahead of his visit to the iconic sporting venue next month.

Eighty six year-old Freddie will be the guest of honour at the GB Speedway Grand Prix on Saturday 25 August in recognition of his achievements in the motor sport 60 years ago.

Freddie, who was born in Port Talbot, was the best rider in the world during the early 1950s, twice being crowned World Champion for his exploits on a bike with the famous Wembley Lions Speedway team.

Before the biggest motor-sports event of the year comes to Wales in a few weeks, his memories of burning rubber and scorching tarmac have come racing back.

"They were great times," he said. "My father Fred always had a motorbike and from an early age we would be out on them in the fields and I was a member of the Neath and Port Talbot Motorcycle Club as well.

"I was very fortunate, I got to travel around the continent and then later places like Australia and New Zealand."

Freddie will hand the winning trophy over to the racer who takes the checkered flag first at the 2012 event. "I am very proud to have been asked, I am very, very pleased," he said.

"This round at Cardiff always has one of the best tracks in the country. Speaking to different people in Speedway they have said it is a bit overdue."

As well as his own achievements, Freddie wasn't the only one in his household who reached sporting excellence.

His wife of 59 years, Pat, represented Great Britain at the Oslo Winter Olympics in 1952 as a figure skater and their three children, Jayne, Sarah and David, all had success as show jumpers and a golfer respectively.

"After retiring in 1956 I has a small motorcycle shop in Wembley," he said. "With the children we would be taking them all over the country.

"I would be taking David up to Scotland for his golf and Pat would take the girls down to Exeter — we would never ever stop."