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Everything posted by Vince

  1. I use leathers because I think they offer better protection in small crashes and rarely ride more than once in a week so have plenty of time to look after them. There is a bit of a hole in the leg where they touch the exhaust! However I would wear kevlars and an undersuit with no problems at all if I were riding more often as they are much more practical to look after. Especially with this armour http://www.d-starracewear.co.uk/covecbodyarmour.html underneath I believe they offer protection as good as more restrictive and harder to maintain leathers in the vast majority of instances.
  2. Sorry but league or not if it's costing you money to do something and you do it because you enjoy it then it's a hobby. It's certainly not a living for those who stay in the NL for whatever reason. The winter series is just a cheaper hobby at a lower level. There still aren't enough riders of an adequate standard trying to break into the NL to need to worry about those already there.
  3. NL isn't a career it's an expensive hobby for many or a stepping stone to the higher leagues for the talented few. Those riders who have dropped down the leagues have experience that is of great value to the youngsters, if they can pass that on and cover some of their costs what is the problem. Those riders who have reached a level are needed to fill team places, there's hardly enough as it is now, do away with them and there is no league. Why shouldn't riders turn up with good equipment if they are fortunate enough to be able to afford it, or more likely have grafted their asses off away from Speedway to buy? Dropping to amateur level is not really an option as the gulf between that and NL middle order rider is huge. At the end of the day it would be an issue if there were dozens of youngsters capable of riding at that level unable to get team places but unfortunately there aren't. As for the Aussie riders while there are some who leave Britain behind for the money there are just as many who have been loyal to the British leagues. If you want loyalty from riders then really the system needs changing so they can be offered some in return. British riders can be bought through by other means such as keeping them clear from the asset system until they have reached a certain average and giving them average reductions for team building purposes.
  4. Vince

    Belle Vue National Stadium

    Can I not very politely suggest you two eff off and bitch at each other like a pair of two year olds somewhere else.
  5. Changed the link to the Speedway museum home page. Have to go to the tracks page and it says that the track used for those 70's meetings was a different one to the one we use now.
  6. Vince

    Sky To Pull Out.

    Years ago when synthetic first came out it used to emulsify if mixed with the non synthetic but as far as I know that's no longer the case.
  7. Seems likely it was a Grasstrack / longtrack meeting as Tig Perry was a very good Grasstrack rider. I'm sure he was also the man who started Antig the Grasstrack and Speedway frame builder. Not sure if the track has changed but it's definitely quite a lot more than 440 yards now. http://www.national-speedway-museum.co.uk/
  8. Personally I think the change that has had the worst effect is the short stroke/ lighter flywheel engines. I think they make setup more critical and leave riders less of a margin for error. I also think that the new silencers (not popular but better get used to it because noise levels will be reduced again!) would have been far less detrimental to long stroke engines with heavier flywheels. Of the stuff you list: Leading link forks seem quite a lot more stable. Handlebars, personal preference and if somebody started flying with old style bars there would be plenty about in no time. I'm guessing that leading link forks made narrower bars possible as well. Offset cranks, understand the theory but think only a rider can tell the difference. Recycled oil, makes a huge difference to track surfaces that isn't good but total loss would be completely unacceptable these days. Silencers: as above, blamed for everything when in my opinion they were only a part of the problem. The sport will need to reduce noise levels further I'm sure, we may not like it but it's the way things are these days. Despite the lawn mower comments Speedway bikes currently are still pretty loud machines, especially if you have no interest in Speedway which is the vast majority of the sports neighbours.
  9. Young Brit Oliver Brindley came 4th in the AFT Singles at Daytona tonight, hugely impressive result and reinforces what I was saying about the standard of the top British lads these days.
  10. I think that a large majority of Speedway fans only support Speedway as far as motorsport goes and actually have more interest in other team sports such as Football or Ice Hockey than motorcycle racing in other forms which is entirely individual racing. Personally I think that is a part of the reason why Speedway doesn't attract many motorcyclists including racers to weekly live meetings. To a man every competitor I know from every motorcycle discipline likes Speedway riders and respect the skill and courage it takes. However they don't have much interest in being in the stands watching a team event. Nearly all that I know watch Speedway on TV, in particular the GP's. Even for myself, a life long lover of Speedway, I much prefer individual racing. As for flat track it is difficult or impossible to envision a time when it will be a big spectator sport in this country but it did make a good highlights package on TV a few years back that a lot of MX riders etc that I know enjoyed watching. Was ridiculed by a few on here for not being like Speedway as far as I remember but because it takes place on the same track doesn't make it the same sport. Look at it as something completely different to Speedway and it can be very entertaining. A live stream from Kings Lynn last year was well received and quite a few friends of mine watched it who normally have no interest in motorcycles of any type and enjoyed it. Hopefully there will be some more live streams this year. What I can say for certain is that it takes just as much skill as Trials, Grasstrack, Speedway or Motocross which I have also ridden and the standard of racing in the UK is very much higher than 5 years ago. The top lads are very skilled motorcycle racers who can now go and compete in the States with some success just one step down from the very best. The atmosphere among the racers is terrific and every meeting provides a lot of enjoyment for a lot of people. Difficult to see how that can be wrong!
  11. Missed that one. Did you seriously think that was the track and not realise they were riding mopeds inside of a proper shale oval 7 years ago? Site looks fine to me http://sinnersupply.com/hells-race/track-location/
  12. I think that in your haste to ridicule Gustix you misread the thread in the general Speedway section. Quite clearly a claim from the USA about which homegrown sport is the greatest is, like the baseball 'world' series, promotion that seems ridiculous to us. However it is exactly the sort of thing some people advocate for the promotion of Speedway! I'd agree that it probably wasn't in the right section but hardly crime of the century, if you don't like what Gustix posts or have no interest in flatrack why do you respond to him all the time? The Gustix hate thing from a couple of people comes too close to bullying for my tastes. You will never get fans who are at a Speedway meeting to appreciate much flat track any more than you would get them to appreciate a six a side football match on the centre green. We have done demo races at Speedway meetings that have been well received and we have had Speedway bikes at our meetings once or twice (including at Oxford where they ran some demo races). However in the UK or the US as far as I'm aware there has been no effort to integrate flattrack into Speedway. Given that one of our meetings takes several hours because of the number of competitors it would never be possible anyway. The DTRA pay to use the Speedway tracks they run at which is useful income as are our practice fees when we ride at training days or book tracks for flat track only sessions. Very notably I've never heard a Speedway rider or Promoter complain about our presence.
  13. Like the vast majority of motorsport then! If you actually went to a UK flat track meeting and spent some time in the pits you would understand that it does indeed have a unique atmosphere. Trying to understand it from Germany where the sport is virtually non existent is going to be impossible and I don't think anybody has claimed that it is drawing great spectator support. Interestingly a part of that unique atmosphere is that there is a lifestyle involved for many of the riders and bikes that brings photographers from all over Europe to DTRA events, I don't really get it but then I'm hardly 'on trend'
  14. Vince

    Sky To Pull Out.

    The ACU represent only one interest and that is their own and the FIM are a league above even that of the ACU in self interest. Now and again you'll get some very decent, well meaning people in both organisations. They will inevitably leave with very sore heads after banging them against brick walls for however long they last. The BSPA are a wonder of forward thinking honesty in comparison.
  15. Vince

    Sky To Pull Out.

    I've had BT after dropping Sky because they kept putting their prices up and offered new customers a very much better deal than existing ones for changing to fibre optic. Never had any issues in the approx 18 months I've been with them and only time I used customer services was when starting with them and they were very good. Price wise I spend about 70% of what I was with Sky for an equivalent package. For me it's great news as it means I can watch league Speedway when I get in from work once again. I really like the way they cover MotoGP and have no issues with the way the Speedway GP's have been shown. At least they haven't been shunted off the main channel because another sport is seen as a priority this week! See no reason to disbelieve Flagrag when he says it's because of the football costs, after all he is in a position to know better than those who argue differently. There is no way Speedway won't be around in 5 years and I'd happily bet it's not all that different to how it is now. For years I thought that Speedway would evolve into a largely amateur sport with a professional GP series like just about every other motor sport but it kept proving me wrong. Now I just see it as a remarkably resilient sport which keeps finding people with enough money and the will to keep propping it up (thats the majority of the much maligned BSPA!). We might not always like the decisions they make but it is their money to lose and I suspect a lot of us would change our opinions on certain subjects if we had to bet a fortune on the outcome. Forgot to also say that if this means more of the TV pot reaching the sport rather than one company that is also a good thing.
  16. Vince

    Mcn Festival Of Speed

    Yeah then they could race a rally car against an f1 car as they are two different sports as well
  17. Vince

    Mcn Festival Of Speed

    We've run a flattrack meeting there the past two years with a British Championship round plus a Transatlantic Challenge with a star American topping the bill, Colin Edwards last year and Kevin Schwantz the previous one. Perhaps they are running some Speedway races alongside, always seemed crazy to me that they don't have the sport on show.
  18. Not convinced grass track is doing well in comparison to the 70s any more than speedway is. A few well attended meetings but equally meetings are being cancelled for lack of entries. I suspect you'd have to ride in every centre to get anywhere near the number of meetings you could get in the 70s
  19. I have never in the nearly 50 years I've been going to Speedway, talked about Speedway to people who weren't really aware of it or taken newcomers along had any of them ask that. The only time I've ever had any discussions about attendances is with people who are already involved as spectators or in other capacities.
  20. I'd agree with that, although it is possible that some of the higher ups in some companies who have been convinced to sponsor a rider or team don't actually realise how low the crowds are. I still completely fail to see how publishing attendance figures can benefit the sport. We all know that they aren't good so how will making everybody aware of that improve things? The only reason I can see is so that a few people can make some pretty uneducated guesses as to the net income of a track. I say uneducated because most of the guesses you read on here miss out some very vital and expensive costs. The truth is we have no need to know, if the sport was in a boom where we could use high spectator attendance to pull in sponsorship then it would be different but this is just curiosity.
  21. In truth apart from keeping a few current fans sweet what would publishing attendances achieve? I find it very difficult to see what could actually be gained. I suspect the biggest effect wold be to make those already putting sponsorship money into the sport wonder why.
  22. Out of the lads my boy started with at 14 it is very noticeable (with one exception) that those who did best were those who were dedicated and worked at it were the ones who succeeded and got into the higher leagues rather than the most talented. The exception is an immense talent with plenty of money behind him who has done pretty well but by the time he gets to my age will realise how much further he could have got with a better work ethic.
  23. I can see where you're coming from but personally I like the idea that success at Speedway comes from dedication and that is visible when it comes to fitness. It's always taken dedication but the fans can't see hours spent in the workshop or travelling but they can see if you can't be bothered to keep fit and if you don't you are giving something away to those who do.
  24. I'm sure myself and Sam would fit it in if we could and suspect you could make a full line in the right areas
  25. Vince

    Swindon Stadium

    They give you a tablet, I was there bloody ages waiting for my Ipad but it never arrived.

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