Arnie Gibbons has documented the 40 year history of Reading Speedway in his first book -
"Tears and Glory - The Winged Wheel Story". In this extract from the book you can read about
the Racers' first season, as members of the brand-new British League Division 2.
"Get it before it goes! Do any readers live near Nelson,
Lancashire? There used to be a track at the Seedhill Football Stadium on Carr Road,
Nelson. The ground was demolished in 1980 to make way for the M65 motorway and the
site remaining today looks little more than a gravelled bomb-site.
However - on the
north-west flank of the land runs a brick wall, partly obscured by scrub and bushes
but still bearing signwriting for the home and away speedway teams, numbered 1 to 8.
Seemingly this was the back wall of the pits and is the only evidence I could find of
the existence of the track during a recent visit.
Sadly, I had no camera with me
and - I understand Nelson FC have plans to return to the site, rebuilding their ground
which (I presume) will entail demolition of the former pit-wall, extinguishing
forever yet another piece of memorabilia. If somebody happens to be passing,
with a camera, it's easy to park across the road and there's free access
to the land in question! "
Retro Speedway have just launched "Classic Speedway", a new magazine covering the sport
from its earliest days right through to the early nineteen seventies. The new publication
replaces the well established "Vintage Speedway Magazine" but has a broader scope and
will focus on more recent times. We fired some questions at editor Tony McDonald
to find out about this latest project and the other things his company is up to.
COMPETITION: WIN A YEAR'S SUBSCRIPTION TO CLASSIC SPEEDWAY
We've teamed up with publishers Retro Speedway to give away a one-year's subscription
to the brand new Classic Speedway magazine.
To enter, all you have to do is answer the
When you visit the website www.retro-speedway.com
the intro page features an England team from 1980. Name all five riders, the management
duo with them, and state which track this photograph was taken at.
More pictures from Sweden this week. Charles McKay was the
photographer who took these pictures of Eskilstuna (Smederna).
David McAllan's website has been totally revamped in preparation for his
farewell meeting at Glasgow in September. You'll find the new look site, and details
of the first confirmed participants, at
Top tuner Ashley Holloway has launched a website to raise the profile of his business - Ash-Tech.
Although primarily of interest to riders, it offers an insight into the tuning process and
the associated costs.
"With ref to article about riders ignoring the youngsters. At Berwick the riders go into the stand after meeting to meet the fans and post meeting anyone can go talk to riders where the vans are parked and get photos and autographs."
"Fond memories of Brian Craven at Stoke. His style was unforgetable - very low bike and leg out - terrific. I now live in Wiltshire and went to the Robins last night - it's the most exciting sporting spectacle anywhere."
"I always enjoy seeing Track Pix and was intrigued to see Mildura featured after listening to so, so many references to "the man from Mildura" by a certain Sky commentator. I used Google Earth to find Mildura and it wasn't hard to identify where the speedway track was situated on the edge of the town. It's set me off now in search of tracks with evocative names in other parts of the world. "
Alex Raby meets one of the sport's most popular and longest serving characters.
Johno's career has been more nomadic than most and he reflects on some highlights,
talks about his televison work and looks forward to his upcoming testimonial.
The Johno Testimonial
Brandon Stadium, Coventry
Sunday 22nd June 2008 at 1pm
Belle Vue fan Trev Picken visited the home of Polish club
Start Gniezno after the recent Leszno GP. The pictures show an excellent
attendance for a third-tier clash between Gniezno and Rovno (Ukraine).
Trev was particularly pleased that he managed to beat Charles McKay to this
venue - unless of course Charles knows differently!
Julie is a Newport Wasps fan hoping that her team will be back on track next season.
In the meantime here's the fantasy team she'd love to watch in action.
Our speedwayplus.co.uk address is still not working. We've been told
that technicians are working to solve the problem but we don't really believe it.
Please ensure your bookmarks are set to www.speedwayplus.com to ensure you can always
Richard Austin seeks information on the Liverpool teams of 1957 and 1959
- Can You Help?
James Henry Chalkley is still looking for information on the fatal crash
at West Ham in 1953 - Can You Help?
Graeme Stapleton by Tracy Holmes
Graeme Stapleton has been in the wars. Discovering his house was on fire, he suffered a
heart-attack trying to save it. The house was lost but thankfully, Graeme wasn't.
He was rushed to Christchurch hospital where he spent the week recovering. Then he was
transferred to Darfield hospital, closer to home for another week. He is now staying
at friends until insurance sees that his home is rebuilt. The former pig farmer is
now into Boxer dogs. He is doing well and anyone that knows 'Stape', will be aware
that this wont keep him down for long.
Anyone wishing to send him their regards can do so through me
email@example.com or send them to:
Graeme Stapleton, c/o V. Ratahi, Davies Road, 1 RD, Glenroy, Canterbury, 7673, New Zealand.
"The excerpt from the '70 years of Rye House speedway'
couldn't be more apt. I don't think Kelvin would agree ever that he was excluded as a
result of his riding skills!! However, we'll have a good laugh when I remind him of
the incident. My children (his grandchildren) especially enjoy the tales of old,
sporned from when he is wound up from watching speedway at Mildenhall, or on Sky
Sports now!!! "