Home Contact Us Stadia Pix Articles All About You Riders to Remember
DVDs Books Pictures Archive Dream Teams Programme Generator
20/08/2017
Let's Promote Speedway II
Speedway Pennants
The Voice No. 66
Your Feedback
 
06/08/2017
Let's Promote Speedway
Your Feedback
 
30/07/2017
Woffy's Warm Up
1982 Overseas Final
Your Feedback
 
14/07/2017
Syd van der Vyver
More Magazines from Bill
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
04/06/2017
A Letter from Maurice Stobbart
Bill's Booklets
 
14/05/2017
A Mystery Solved
The Voice - Issue 65
Your Feedback
 
01/05/2017
Dave Collins
The Mystery Rider from 1948
Your Feedback
 
23/04/2017
Bill's Pictures
Toronto Board Track
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
16/04/2017
Melbourne in the 1950's
The History of Sim Speedway
Your Feedback
 
26/03/2017
All About You: Mike Redfern
Bill's Posters
RIP Plough Lane
Your Feedback
 
12/03/2017
NZ World Team Cup 1986 +
Glasgow Speedway Posters
Your Feedback
 
05/03/2017
Almaty Ice Speedway
NZ World Team Cup 1985
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
26/02/2017
Dream Team: David Pickles
NZ World Team Cup 1984
Your Feedback
 
19/02/2017
Dream Team: Martin Wilkins
NZ World Team Cup 1983
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
05/02/2017
Video: Berrington 2000
NZ World Team Cup 1982
Your Feedback
 
29/01/2017
Vic Ridgeon
NZ World Team Cup 1981
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
22/01/2017
Jim Ryman Crash at Boston
NZ World Team Cup 1980
Your Feedback
 
15/01/2017
NZ World Team Cup 1979
Skid Kids
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
05/01/2017
Otto Holoubek
NZ World Team Cup 1978
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 


New Zealand and the World Team Cup 1983
By Tracy Holmes

ALAN MASON from Christchurch joins the team as reserve, enjoying his time with 1st Division Sheffield. The song remained the same for the first round; KIWIS V Poms V Ockers V Yanks, with 1st & 2nd off to the Intercontinental Final at Wimbledon the next month. Things changed from there but right now, it was all on at Reading, Sunday May 15. Could TREVOR REDMOND see his boys do any better than the 8 point returns of the previous two years? It was time for fun in the sun;

 

Heat 1. MAUGER, Carter, Schwartz, Regeling.
2. Sigalos, Collins, Titman, BARGH.
3. ROSS, K.Moran, Crump, Morton.
4. Sanders, S.Moran, SHIRRA, Wigg.
5. Sigalos, ROSS, Regeling. Jessup inj. nf
6. SHIRRA, Schwartz, Morton, Titman.
7. S.Moran, MAUGER, Collins, Crump.
8. Carter, K.Moran, Sanders, BARGH.
9. K.Moran, SHIRRA, Collins, Regeling.
10. S.Moran, Carter, ROSS, Titman.
11. Wigg, Schwartz, Crump, BARGH.
12. Sigalos, Morton, Sanders, MAUGER.
13. Wigg, K.Moran, Titman, MAUGER.
14. Morton, S.Moran, BARGH, Hunter.
15. Sigalos, SHIRRA, Carter, Crump.
16. Collins, Schwartz, Sanders, ROSS.

 

1st USA 38
Dennis Sigalos. 3 3 3 3 12
Shawn Moran. 2 3 3 2 10
Kelly Moran. 2 2 3 2 9
Bobby Schwartz. 1 2 2 2 7
res Lance King. dnr

2nd England 27
Kenny Carter 2 3 2 1 8
Peter Collins 2 1 1 3 7
Simon Wigg 0 - 3 3 6
Chris Morton 0 1 2 3 6
res Dave Jessup - ret - - 0

3rd NEW ZEALAND 20
MITCH SHIRRA 1 3 2 2 8
LARRY ROSS 3 2 1 0 6
IVAN MAUGER 3 2 0 0 5
DAVID BARGH 0 0 0 1 1
res ALAN MASON dnr

4th Australia 11
Billy Sanders 3 1 1 1 6
Phil Crump 1 0 1 0 2
John Titman 1 0 0 1 2
Steve Regeling 0 1 0 - 1
res Rod Hunter - - - 0 0

 

The Yanks, 'Post Penhall' were in a class of their own. England were made to fight for that second place and I don't think even TREVOR REDMOND could have hoped for his sides brilliant first half performance. After ten heats, NEW ZEALAND had 17 points to the Poms 12.

What turned the tide? Two wonderful wins from Wiggy, two disastrous ducks from MAUGER. Morton swinging into top gear and a mass collapse by LARRY ROSS. "The kiwis must be kickin themselves aboot this!" DAVID BARGH perhaps should have taken another two points from the struggling Crump and Titman, but his outriding Rod Hunter salvaged at least one point worth of pride. Australia were already on the back foot with Gary Guglielmi injured and unable to ride.

Heat 16 is a You-tube favourite. The score was England 24 - NZ 20. So it was all about pride. If ROSS could win and Collins was last, it would have put the KIWI side just one point behind England. And this is where Collins rose to the occasion. Sanders makes the gate from ROSS, Collins and Schwartz. The American takes Collins on the first turn. On the second lap, Schwartz takes ROSS also on the first turn and then Collins passes ROSS down the back straight. Then he began to stalk Sanders and Schwartz.

On the last lap, PC was still third but on the very last turn, he rounded the leaders and then on the dash to the chequered flag, split Schwartz and Sanders to win in a photo finish. Breathtaking stuff! Somehow, Sanders goes from a sure 3 points to 1 in a couple of seconds! A disheartened ROSS trailing home last. That race summed up the day for England. That 'British Bulldog' spirit gave an eagle, a Kangaroo and a KIWI, a right old savaging. Schwartz would not have cared less. Sanders and ROSS were rightly humiliated.

It was then over to Wimbledon where Denmark won the Intercontinental Final from the USA putting them both into the August Final. The home team England well and truly done for dinner. But it was not all over for the Poms. A safety net had been put in place. They went to the Continental Final at Abesnberg, West Germany in July, winning from CZ, West Germany and the USSR. The August Grand Final?

1983 World Team Cup Final. Vojens. Denmark.
1st Denmark.
2nd England. Mike Lee, Kenny Carter, Chris Morton, Peter Collins, Dave Jessup.
3rd USA.
4th CZ.

For Sir Ole Olsen, this was his third World Cup Gold medal and World Cup farewell, and it was 'D-day' for the competition. This sparked the era of the 'Main Dane' and the 80's 'Danish Domination'. Hans Nielsen and Erik Gundersen. What IVAN MAUGER and Ole Olsen were to the 70's, these two would be for the 80's. But these two were on the same team!

 

1984

 

This article was first published on 19th February 2017

[ Use Mobile Version ]
 

 

Comment on this Article | Contact Us | Go Back to Main Menu

   Please leave your comments on this article or on the site as a whole