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  1. Other long distance travellers: Maury Mattingley - Hampshire to Glasgow Brian Brett - Hertfordshire to Newcastle Maury McDermott - London to St Austell Pat Flanagan - London to Newcastle (beating his London to Exeter journey by some distance)
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    The Brine brothers

    I only know of the 4 Brine brothers which you named. They produced frames at a workshop in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, circa 1950.
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    Speedway magazines over the years

    John Wick was editor of Speedway World in 1955, continuing through to June 1960. In the 7th July 1960 edition Peter Arnold published an important announcement. Fairfax Publications had decided to terminate the Speedway World publication with immediate effect. A group of people had got together on hearing this to ensure that the paper could continue, with Mike Parker, Cyril J. Hart, Howard Jacobi, Bert Hearse, Ted Flanaghan, Peter Morrish, Frank MacLean, Ken Sharples, Dennis Michael, Aub Lawson and John Wick being named. Speedway World was subsequently published by 'New World' Publishing House and the new editor was Cyril J. Hart, continuing into 1961. The publisher later became The Speedway World Publishing Company Ltd.
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    Speedway magazines over the years

    In 1954 and 1955 the editor appears to have been Doug Falby, with regular contributions from Fred Sutton, 'Pegasus', John Watt, Allan Appleby and John Hyam. There was at least one article by John Falby. In 1955 there were also articles provided by Les Clayton and Cyril J. Hart.
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    Speedway magazines over the years

    A few more: On the Track (1947-49) Speedway Argus (1967-69) Speedway Express (newspaper version, 1948) Speedway Pictorial (magazine late 1940s, newspaper 1965) Speedway Pix (1969) Speedway Post (1950 and then 1964-70) The Speedway (1947) Track News Weekly Illustrated (1948-49) Provincial Speedway Illustrated (1962) Speedway Focus (1965) Speedway Graphic (1963) Speedway (late 1930s) Speedway Mirror (1935) Midland Speedway Observer (1949)
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    Speedway Star Digest

    Yes, I still have them all. There was a leading article by John Hyam on pages 2 and 3 of the 1962 edition, entitled 'National League Review', referring to Wimbledon's 4th league title in a row in 1961. According to the article, Wimbledon's success was spearheaded by Ronnie Moore, Ron How, Bob Andrews and Cyril Maidment, with Roy Trigg, Gerry Jackson and Cyil Brine supporting them. The improvement at Southampton was described, with Barry Briggs and Bjorn Knuts(s)on at the forefront. As usually happens when a rider is released, it was recalled that when Bengt Brannefors was allowed to leave New Cross he returned with Oxford to give his best performance in their colours. The article concluded with the assertion that Ove Fundin again stamped himself as the rider of the year, chased by Moore, Briggs, Craven, Knuts(s)on and Pander (until his injury).
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    West Country Gazette

    The speedway track at Par Moor, St Austell, opened in 1949, so this programme may relate to the track under construction or the Rocky Park grass track on the other side of town, where incidentally Bill Kitchen was a particular favourite. Bill Kitchen and Vic Duggan, along with Jack Parker, were involved in the design of the Par Moor track I believe.
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    Eastbourne 1928

    Did you ever see a copy of the programme for the first meeting Norbold, with the Opening Ceremony referred to?
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    Eastbourne 1928

    Trujillo had a best time of 75.2 in 1936, but George Newton had set a record of 73.8 on 10th May that year, with 'Bill Bennett' recording 73.6 on 11th October 1936. On 28th March 1937 Bennett set a new record of 68.8. 'Bill Bennett' was, in fact, George Newton. This record was still standing in 1950, as indicated in the newspaper report for the meeting on 30th July, when Harold McNaughton went close with 69.4. Subsequent record holders in the 1950s were Vic Ridgeon 68.4 (15.5.55), Mike Broadbank 67.8 (15.5.55), Merv Hannan 67.2 (26.6.55), Eric Hockaday 66.0 (30.6.56), equalled by Jimmy Heard, Frank Bettis (19.5.57), Leo McAuliffe (8.6.58) and Ivan Mauger (28.9.58), before being broken by Colin Gooddy with 65.2 (19.4.59).
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    Eastbourne 1928

    Plus the Duke's residence, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
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    Eastbourne 1928

    The Duke owned 1,000 acres plus in and around Eastbourne at the time.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    I edited my post as you were replying. I counted the number to confirm 17 plus the WCQR. Wembley were able to go back home for the meeting on 2nd September.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    The results are on the Wembley file on the Researcher website, (mainly) identified for example as follows: Thursday 29th April 1948 Wimbledon Stadium, London* Wembley Lions 52 Belle Vue Aces 31 (National League Division One) There were 17 Wembley home meetings staged at Plough Lane, plus the 'Wembley' World Championship qualifying round.
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    Eastbourne 1928

    Further to my previous post, it appears that an event of sorts took place on 23rd September 1928 in a field next to the Lewes Road, which passes near to Westham. Perhaps this is the unofficial meeting referred to.
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    Eastbourne 1928

    I believe 'The Hyde' was actually Hide Hollow at Westham, near Pevensey, a considerable distance from Arlington. There had been talk from early 1928 about the construction of a stadium there, intended initially to be used for greyhound racing. The parish council was not in favour of this development at that stage. The Parochial Church Council was very much against it. I suspect if an unofficial meeting was staged at 'The Hyde' in 1928 it was most probably at Hide Hollow. This would explain why the purchase, development and opening of Arlington fits with Norbold's information. Note also the comment by Brian Collins on the Researcher website file for Eastbourne 1929: 'The official opening scheduled for Whit Monday, 20th May 1929, was postponed owing to it being impossible to complete the necessary arrangements for the accommodation of the public (EG 15.5.29)'

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