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Speedway Researcher Update
By Jim Henry

Jim Henry brings us up to date with recent developments at the Speedway Researcher website.

Over the past few months the contents of the site covering the pre - war years have been significantly revamped. The revamp has been based on the massive amount of work undertaken by Bob Ozanne. Bob, assisted by Allen Trump, compiled a very comprehensive set of details for official fixtures e.g. National League, NationalTrophy and ACU Cup.

Bob has also been working on Belle Vue records and, in partnership with George Carswell, has pulled together details of the Manchester riders activities in South America in the pioneer days.

Sadly Bob has decide to step back from his leading role in the pre war section and Keith Corns is taking over Bob's lead role. Those interested in pre war Speedway owe Bob a great debt of gratitude and I would like to record my personal thanks for his massive contribution to the web. Thankfully Bob is to continue with contributing to the site as it would a sore if he packed in completely.

Bob and George are currently working on more details of the Manchester men in South America. Elsewhere on the web the compilation of gaps in the war time Belle Vue data shows a fairly short list and the. National League gaps continue to close.

In recent days the details of the Wombwell 1948 British Championship round have been added together with details a previously unknown meeting at California in 1953.

Work also continues on the era 1965 onwards as a number of contributors lead by Steve Wilkes and Gary Done regularly find more details.

Finally for now I would like thank Gramham Gleave for all his great work trawling through newspapers in the north unearthing long forgotten details of tracks like Salford and Liverpool Seaforth.

I would also like thank everyone who has supplied me with information which extends the details carried in the web site. Your efforts are really appreciated even tho they may not be openly acknowledged in the public domain.

A Merry Christmas and great New Year to everyone contributing to the Speedway Researcher site and to speedway folks everywhere.


This article was first published on 22nd December 2019

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  • Jim Henry:

    "I was just thinking that speedway fans stuck indoors due to the current lockdown might wish to make productive use of their spare time. The Speedway Researcher web site is worth a look if you want to relive meetings of the past. The site still has many gaps in its records and it would be fantastic if anyone with a collection of programmes could provide information which will fill the gaps. No offer of help would be turned away. "  


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