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Updated on 17th March 2006


David Hensby describes speedway as "a sport of speed and exhilaration". He shares his passion for the sport in this article and considers how the sport has changed since he began watching it more than 30 years ago.




The Redcar Bears will be taking to the track in a few weeks time at their new circuit on Teeside. Dennis Beeforth has been along with his camera to get an early peek at the new venue.




Jim Liddell is the latest to feature in our 'Dream Team' series. He's a Glasgow fan and he includes the publicity shy Charlie Monk amongst his seven.




  • Bryan Tungate on Norfolk Arena:

    "Buster and his team are to be congratulated on the job they have done at the Saddlebow Road track over the last few years. The continuing improvements show the Promotion are now getting things right both on and off the track. Whilst the track has always been acceptable the Stadium as a whole now is far more presentable and welcoming."

  • Woody on Premier Preview:

    "Sheffield in 11th, that's really quiet laughable! The writer of this clearly knows as much about speedway as I do about brain surgery. A team that will win every home meeting and win most bonus points is going to finish a lot higher than 11th. Anyway, it will be nice to see me proved right. Watch the kid Legault by the way, he's pure class. If he stays injury free for the season he's set to make a massive impression."

  • Bob Thomas on Running for Cover:

    "Well put Chris, I agree totally. We were thinking of going to the World Cup this year but to travel all that way - from Norfolk - and face a rain off? No thanks! Bring on the covers."


  • Eunice Finch has a Swedish number 3 racejacket that was worn by Tommy Jansson. Does anyone know which meeting this was from?

  • Rob Devine is looking for contact details for Kelly Moran.


  • Have you downloaded issue 3 of our free speedway magazine? It's in PDF format and showcases some of the best features we've included on the site.

    Inside Issue 3

  • 2005 - A Season in Summary
  • Track Pictures - Hull, Costa Mesa, Leszno & Trelawny
  • The Mike Bennett Column
  • Running for Cover
  • Simon Wigg - In his own words
  • Together in Electric Dreams
  • Sunderland Potted History
  • Calling All Angelz
  • West Ham's title success in 1965
  • Fiction - Sliding into Hell

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MAGAZINE
     

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    Updated on 10th March 2006


    The team-strengths have been diluted slightly but this year's Premier League championship should be as exciting as ever. The title will be decided after a series of play-offs that will add a whole new dimension to the season. We look now at the runners and riders.




    The Norfolk Arena has apparently undergone further re-development over the winter. It was already a much-improved venue last season as these pictures show.




    Keith Butler has sent in his Coventry 'Dream Team'. It spans the generations and includes both Tom Farndon and Scotty Nicholls. Makes for very interesting reading.



  • The re-christened Reading Bulldogs have launched their new official website. It's an interesting affair that has attracted a lot of comment. Check it out for yourself at readingbulldogs.com.

  • Swindon 'Pit Crew' supporters group have a new website where you can find out who they are and what they do.

  • There's a new speedway website at simonstead.com. We won't spoil the surprise by telling you what it's all about!

  • Redcar's hot American prospect Chris Kerr has gone online as well. Click here to visit his site.

  • We asked everbody listed on our Can You Help? page to confirm whether their request is still 'active'. Any that have been resolved, or which featured a dead email address, have been removed. Why not review the list and see if you can assist?

  • Dave Gifford was listed on that page and was hoping to find a 1961 World Final programme for his buddy Tracy Holmes. That programme typically sells for around £250 but a Swedish contact gave a copy to Tracy for nothing. Lucky man! Dave's advert had one unexpected side effect - he was contacted by a man whose Grandfather worked in the same coalmine in Kent as Giffy's did. Isn't the internet amazing!

  • Jim Mitchell had come to a dead-end when collating details of racejackets through the years. He asked for help and he got his questions answered. He now reckons he's answered as many questions as he's had answered! If you've got a racejacket query then get in touch with us and we'll put you in contact with Jim.

  • Jim Brown left a request looking for sponsorship for his son. Sadly it appears that we featured the wrong email address alongside his request and the mails were being diverted to an increasingly annoyed third party. If Jim gets in touch we'll let you all know his real email address.

  • Tom Wareham is trying to track down Ronnie Moore. The email address he has for him is incorrect.



  • Pete Greg has a collection of Speedway Stars dating from 1964 to 1977 and from 1997 to the present available. There are 52 magazines for each year with only one or two magazines missing from the complete set. The magazines have been stored in dry conditions and wrapped in carrier bags for a number of years so they are in pretty good condition. Pete is based in Aberdare in South Wales. If you want to make him an offer or find out more then mail him at pete.greg@speedwayplus.com

  • Our downloadable magazines receive a positive review in the new edition of the Speedway Researcher magazine. That's only the second time we've seen a reference to the site in any printed media - the first being in an early edition of Backtrack. If you've seen the site mentioned elsewhere, at any time, then let us know so we can find out what people are saying about us!
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    Updated on 3rd March 2006


    The new season gets underway this weekend, so it's time for us to start previewing the months ahead. This week we look at the Elite League and predict how each of the teams will fare. Fans of the teams we don't fancy should take comfort from the fact that we're seldom right. Premier League will follow next week.




    We think that Kevin Little's move to Redcar makes him the first rider to ever appear for all six of the Northernmost clubs. He's been a Tiger, a Bandit, a Monarch, a Diamond, a Comet and he's about become a Bear. We discuss this further and search out his closest challengers in 'Kevin Little - Northern Soul'.




    Dean Hall is a Belle Vue fan but he allows one Halifax Duke to slip into his Dream Team. He also includes a pair of American brothers who provided more thrills than most.


     

    JASON Crump will be personally signing copies of his new book A WORLD OF MY OWN at the following UK venues in March:

  • Belle Vue Stadium, Saturday, March 4 from 11am to 2pm

  • King's Lynn, Wednesday, March 8 (before Ashley Jones Memorial meeting)

  • Sheffield, Sunday, March 12 (from 3pm before Sean Wilson testimonial meeting)

  • Coventry, Friday, March 17 (before Bees v Belle Vue Elite Shield)

  • Peterborough, Thursday, March 23 (before Peterborough v Belle Vue Elite League)

    Find out more about this book


  • The proposed speedway museum project is now supported by its own website. Keep up to date at speedwaymuseum.co.uk.

  • Shane Colvin Racing have a new website for the new season. The address is shanecolvin-racing.co.uk.

  • Weymouth Wildcats may have been forced onto the sidelines, but they've launched a new official website. The slightly unusual address is wildcatsweymouth.co.uk.

  • Aussie enthusiast Anth Maguire is the man behind 2xtv.com a new website offering a delayed video and audio style webcast of grass roots Australian speedway and other disciplines. Well worth checking out.

  • The Viccary family are trying to find out more about Alf Viccary who raced in the late 1940's.


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