1903-08-26 Victor Vander Needa was born in Tsingtao and spent most of his childhood there.
Needa spelt his name like that because his mother, who was Japanese, didn’t know how else to spell it,
His father was Dutch, and probably the name was slightly more complicated than this version but Victor wouldn’t know.
He remembered that his mother took him to Japan for a little while, and he learned to speak Japanese in her home.
Later he needed the language just as much in Tsingtao, a popular place with Japanese,
By that time his mother was dead and the little boy had been adopted informally by an American broker.
His step father nearly sending V V to the States to be educated, for a doctor or something.
Needa was eighteen and he wanted to go out on his own.
He had begun riding and was a sort of hero in Tsingtao.
He thought he was hot stuff and he owned that town.
So he went in for brokerage.
The ordinary boys who could not afford to ride for the fun of it always go in for something light and gentlemanly, usually brokerage to earn their livings.
When they weren’t following the races. and enthusiasts gave them orders to keep them comfortable between meetings.
He was a beautiful rider but too big to make a go of racing anywhere but in China.
He had a struggle to get down below a hundred and forty pounds, but the tough little Mongol ponies were used to that.
He was a good looking big boy, a textbook example of hybrid vigor.
He continued riding there for the next ten years during which he won no fewer than 400 races.
1926 April, in Tsingtao Racecourse, after four months of British rudeness and bad manners without parallel in a country in which they were guests.
The North-China Herald reported that ‘the differences with the Chinese’ had been resolved, and that races were held with one of the greatest crowds ever gathered.
New railings had been put in, the former ones having been lost due to the depredations of Chinese soldiers.
1936, Needa returned to Tsingtao and RISING SUN, a 12.2 hands little pony on which he won a race 10 years ago.
But now, it was 17 years old.
Needa was given a ride, which he did with success to add another win to its impressive list.
Most of the star performers were new ponies.
OOLONG’s mile in 1.49.3 (Mr Needa)
O-LAN’s 1 3/4 miles in 3.26.1 (Mr Needa).
1948, griffins were not an outstanding lot.,but two records were broken.
The first one was V. V. Needa, took Mr Zylch’s M070 DAISYBELL over seven furlongs in 1.31.4.
Needa kept racing after the war. His last victory was:
1953-02-07 Race 2, Maiden, 1 Mile with a field of ten, T023 FIRESTONE (trainer Wong Ah Sze), with odds of 2.2.
It was wide enough to start 40 ponies and was 1 1/2 miles around.
but the racing in Hong Kong is conducted exceptionally well”.
Victor Needa had a nickname as “Sharkskin”.
He was a business man, entrepreneur, connoisseur, gourmet, promoter and generally accredited Most Versatile Man In Town.
Oolong (乌龙;烏龍; pinyin: wūlóng) is a traditional Chinese tea (Camellia sinensis) produced through a unique process
Needa used to drive around town in a puddle-jumper and wearing a ‘Sharkskin’ coat made of Linen.
Acknowledgement to Mr Peter Yuen’s data and comment for rectification.