Thanks to Reg Fearman for digging these pictures of the famous Swedish track
out of his collection.
Jim Blanchard has painted this magnificent picture of David McAllan that will be auctioned for David's benefit.
Full details on David's Website.
Jim Henry from the Speedway Researcher has asked us to pass on this important information for historians:
"We have had an early indication that the main UK newspaper library which is at Colindale in north London is to close in the next few years.
This will mean a serious disruption to the availablilty of newspapers and all the speedway magazines the library holds for a considerable
period of time.
If anyone needs to do some primary research from newspapers they can only read at Colindale they had better get their skates on NOW.
Please get in touch with Nigel Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want any further information."
Steve Wilkes is looking for heat details from some meetings staged at Nelson in 1967 - Can You Help?
"What fantastic memories,
almost mirrors my early years as a Stoke Potters fan. Saturday nights were so special and I can feel the atmosphere even to this day
some 47 years later. Nothing has ever come close to the excitement of watching your heroes in action.
I was watching the Potters at Sun Street Hanley from 1960-63 until they closed, we've still got speedway in the city, but it
will never be the same. Up the Potters!"
"I have achieved the
proverbial needle in the haystack through your column. Yes I found someone who was at West Ham the night Harry Eyer crashed in
July 1953 and he filled me in with the true version of what happened that fateful night. He said he was standing right where
the crash happened. He was 13 years old at the time and he had been supporting West Ham since 1940. I would like to say a
special thank you to Speedway Plus for inserting my request in your website."
Next Monday marks the 80th Anniversary of the first ever meeting at Custom House stadium.
Hammers' fan Robert J. Rogers decided to dig into the newspaper archives to see how the local
press covered the event. This article is the Stratford Express' report of that first night of
Journalist Chris Seaward visited this West Australian circuit on his working holiday last
winter. Team-GB may have reason to be thankful to this track in the years ahead as it's where Tai Woffinden
cut his teeth.
AllSpeedway.tv is a relatively new site that allows
speedway fans to watch and upload videos, kind of like a cut-down version of youtube that's exclusively for
speedway vids. It's still early days but there are already some interesting clips on there.
James Chalkley is looking for West Ham programmes from 1953 - Can You Help?
Jeff Scott from Methanol Press will be selling his
wares at Redcar, Edinburgh, Workington and Newcastle over the next few days.
Long Eaton riders and fans staged their first ever reunion night last month.
Legends Ray Wilson, Dave Perks and Norman Hunter were all present. Simon
Stanley reports on what seems to have been a most enjoyable evening.
Doug McFarlane recently visited this very impressive Polish track
for the Edward Jancarz memorial meeting.
Barry Dalton is still hoping to complete his Peterborough programme collection - Can You Help?
Jeff Scott is presently on tour selling "Concrete for Breakfast" (see last week's update for an extract and review) and the
Speedway Yearbook. You'll find him at the following tracks over the next few days:
17th July Sheffield
21st July Wolverhampton
24th July Redcar
25th July Edinburgh
26th July Workington
27th July Newcastle
"I enjoyed reading your Santry speedway
article. It brought back a lot of good memories for me as I was a novice rider when Mike Tams was there. Ginger O'Brien, Mike Savage and Don
Perry were all friends of mine. They were exciting times for me and just great to look back on."
An exclusive extract from Jeff Scott's latest book. This chapter covers his visit to the
North-East derby at Brough Park last August, the night on which he met up once again with
the man who introduced him to speedway and to whom this book is dedicated.
Also, if you've ever wondered who writes the
programme reviews in the winter editions of Speedway Star then read on. We apologise in
advance for any errors in the 'page paragraphing'.
"I too remember nights at the Stanley track. Probably a
little earlier. I think I lost serious interest in speedway prior to the disbandment
of the 'Chads'. However I do remember Reg Duval, Brian Craven (Peter's elder brother)
and my favourite G.Newton, not for his outstanding results but for the excitement
he created with his style of riding. He was one of a dying breed of leg trailers."
John Hyam makes a welcome return to the site by sharing his memories
of Keith Harvey. The South African rode in the UK before and after the war, most notably
for New Cross - in whose colours he's pictured here.
Track pix returns this week after being squeezed out by everything we had
going on last time. These photographs are of the Gatton Showground circuit which
is around an hour's drive from Brisbane.
The photographer was our old friend 'Handy Andy' Davidson.
Jimmy McMillan, George Hunter, Oyvind Berg, Doug Willie Templeton, Bobby Beaton, Reidar Eide, Bert Harkins, amongst so many others who were a privilege to watch racing in and around Glasgow, Edinburgh and Coatbridge.
Jimmy McMillan was without doubt one of the outstanding talents of the 70's, and it is indeed a shame that a World Championship Title was not forthcoming. I saw so many fine races where he fully demonstrated his undoubted talent to the full with passing manoeuvres that would be all but impossible with to-days dirtless tracks and over powerful bikes.
Having now lived overseas for many years I must admit that unfortunately I have lost touch with regular speedway over the years, and that the modern version seen during the occasional visit to the UK, whilst still occasionally very entertaining, does not provide the same level of enjoyment that the sport used to present as an overall spectacle.
Passing is at a premium, and in keeping with other sports, the riders in general are basically nondescript nice boys. There is really no one to stir up the crowds emotions. How many can remember the scenes of Reidar Eide dominating a race so completely that he could slow down, waving his opponents to catch up with him and then roar off into the distance once again after they had caught up? This event happened involving the Sheffield rider Arnold Haley, during either the Scottish Open or some other individual meeting at Hampden Park. The crown baying for blood as Reidar did the Bad Boy routine, with the crowd eventually erupting as the referee disqualified the Norwegian for un-gentlemanly conduct.
Good times indeed for a sport that is still a pleasure to watch even though the racing quality is not perhaps what it could be.
Thanks to Jimmy, and to all the others from the period who provided so much to the sport as a whole, and much enjoyment to me on a personal note."