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  1. Toad

    Rye House 2018

    Very sad news, so many fantastic memories from that golden era at Hoddesdon with Kelvin in the forefront of most! One that stands out for me was a second half final at Rye and Kelvin and a young Andrew Silver were in the race. Kelvin gated and rode every inch of the track to keep the much faster Silver behind him, on a bike that was popping and spluttering away! It was as if he had wing mirrors and he had this ability to control a race, holding the white line and moving at what looked like walking pace. The young Silver was not best pleased after the race but he had learnt a lesson in trackcraft! But Kelvin was a very good NL rider as well, boasting 9+ point averages in the days that the National Leagues was exceptionally tough, featuring riders of the the ability and standing that Steve mentions above and leading a young, precocious group of mainly home grown talent to the top of the league. Rye House and speedway have lost a true legend, easy to say but in this case fully warranted. RIP Kelvin and thanks for the memories.
  2. Back in 1986 Rye House were riding at Canterbury and had recently signed Alan Mogridge from the Crusaders. Canterbury were - for some reason - still using r/r for Moggo so in one heat he was riding for Rye against a rider replacement for himself! So not much has really changed in 31 years...
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    Speedway World Cup 2017

    Agree Lambert has time on his side and may well make a GP rider in the future but I fear Cook has reached his peak, it will be difficult for him to get a ride in Poland now. We may well take some hammerings by riding test matches abroad but there are no quick fixes for Team GB and we will benefit in the long term.
  4. Toad

    Speedway World Cup 2017

    Let's be honest, the only reason Team GB are in the final is because of the draw. If we'd have been in the second qualifier we wouldn't have made the race off let alone the final. We need test matches against the Swedes, Poles and Danes but in their countries on their tracks if we are to improve and be competitive.
  5. Toad

    Speedway World Cup 2017

    Fantastic racing, makes all the difference when all four teams are competitive. Good job Team GB weren't in this round, would have struggled to make the race off.
  6. Toad

    Kyle Newman. Take A Bow.

    I'd have him at Rye House in a heartbeat, great to watch. Well done lad!
  7. Toad

    Rye House 2017

    Like I said earlier, get Kyle Newman in no matter what the format for next year. Superb again tonight, on a small track too.
  8. Toad

    Rye House 2017

    I'd have Kyle Newman in the 2017 line up in a heartbeat; can ride inside and out, never gives up and was absolutely superb in Poole's play off first leg win earlier this week. Get him dialled in and I reckon he could make the step up to a PL top liner.
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    Rye House 2015

    Ridiculous! Andrew Silver is the future of Rye House, not Len. The sooner Warren Scott sorts the place out the better. He's obviously taking some interest as the Lambert signing isn't a Len/Sampford move.
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    Rye House 2016

    Just seen the DVD of Lambert in the Newcastle match. Astonishing performance, get him in for the rest of this season if possible but definitely next.
  11. The very top riders and perfectly prepared tracks. It's a simple sport, don't make it complicated!
  12. Elite League 2016? Just copy what they do in Sweden, they seem to have it spot on!
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    Speedway Star Item

    What about creating a real Elite League with the real top boys and all racing on one night? A final throw of the dice if you like as if this doesn't work, there obviously is not enough support to sustain this standard of speedway in the UK. The last two televised Swedish Elite League matches on Eurosport have produced some of the best races I have seen in a long time, far far better than anything on Sky. The teams are bursting with real top class riders and the tracks are superb, with numerous tractors returning the track to heat one standard regularly through the meeting. The stadiums are packed too, no deserted third and fourth bends so common in the UK. If we build it, they will come.
  14. Kelvin could ride a bike too, even though his machine sounded as rough as guts and popped round the track! He had the knack of making his bike twice as wide as it should be and seemed to know just where the opposition would be coming from and where to ride to block them, a skill sadly lacking in the highly tuned sport we have now. One second half final I will always remember at Rye is when he held off a young Andrew Silver (must have been '84) who was just starting to make a name for himself and was twice as fast, by blocking his every attempt to get past. Silver jnr was not best pleased in the pits afterwards!
  15. Gleen Baxter went from a West Row second string into a Hoddesdon heatleader, he developed into a cracking little rider. His brother Wayne had his moments but he was only really reserve standard and Trevor needs no introduction, he is right up there with the greats when it comes to Rye House. One Aussie around at that time was Jamie Fagg and he looked like he might go places but had a couple of nasty injuries. Bob Garrad's testimonial was in '86 but he had wound down by then which was hard to watch on occasions. He had one rollback prrformance with a 12 point max though. What an opening pair Bobby G and Marvyn Cox made back in '83 with their blak and white chequered leathers! Robbo and Eddie Kennett in 2005 is the best since!
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