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Col Stewart � Australia's Speedway King

This is a delightful book on the short but spectacular speedway career of the above named dare devil from Birregurra, Australia, who was a country boy farmer and became such a force to be reckoned with both in his native country and in the UK in those early days of Dirt Track racing.

The book is written by his daughter Barbara and luckily her Father kept all his press cuttings, photos and trophies but it was still a mammoth task putting it all together.

It traces his early childhood with his brothers on the farm, right though his first motor cycling experiences to his Dirt Track days. He was a spectacular `broadsider' but on occasions would over do it and end in a heap on the ground � the only way to learn.

Each season is dealt with in its own chapter and is packed full of photographs and copies of his treasured press cuttings.

When he first came to England he even bought the frame from his Rudge-Whitworth machine in an attempt to talk the factory into making the same for him.

Available from: Stuart Towner, 117 Church Lane, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2DP Tel: 0208-397 6599 e-mail stuart.towner@blueyonder.co.uk

Printed on gloss art paper A5 landscape, 96 pages with 85 photographs. This is a limited edition of just 1,000 copies and un-likely to be repeated.

Cost is �15 including post in a stiff backed envelope. Available from mid-October; please make cheques payable to: A Whiff of `R' Promotions Limited.

 

This article was first published on 1st September 2011

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