Jump to content
British Speedway Forum


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


mikebv last won the day on February 12

mikebv had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

3,033 Excellent

About mikebv

  • Birthday 09/18/1967

Previous Fields

  • Gender
  • Marital Status
  • Music
    stone roses, james, the smiths, morrissey, the pogues
  • Age
  • Profession
    Supermarket Manager

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
  • ICQ

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
  • Interests
    man united, speedway, cycle speedway,
  • Team
    belle vue

Recent Profile Visitors

1,291 profile views
  1. Interesting point you make re 'emotional attachment'.. For me that no longer applies to team Speedway (in Britain not everywhere) and is a large reason why fans have dropped off... Meeting after meeting with guest after guest has unfortunately completely eroded the credibility of the domestic comps, and ensures media coverage is (and always will be with the current structure), minimal at best... Without that emotional attachment sadly team Speedway doesn't resonate with enough people to (it appears in many places), be successful.. A shame, because 'a night out at the Speedway' can still deliver great entertainment, drama, excitement and value for money.. As Cardiff for me will no doubt deliver again this year..
  2. Costs me a tenner for me and my 15 year old lad to sit in the 'posh seats' watching the Colts at the NSS It would cost me more than £30 to do the same to watch the Aces.. Went several times last year to watch the Colts, didn't bother with the Aces... Both the Aces and Colts will have plenty of meetings with 'random septets' on view, (so it doesn't really matter who wins or loses), so you might as well get your Speedway fix for a lot less than you pay for the Premiership.. And you get some great racing at the NSS in the NDL..
  3. mikebv

    Stoke 2019

    With the parking restrictions outside it could be a reasonable earner..
  4. mikebv

    Your club's all-time top team

    In my lifetime.. Mauger Hamill Jason Crump Chris Morton Peter Collins Zagar Shawn Moran
  5. mikebv

    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    I wouldn't necessarily say Tai is the best British rider ever... But I'd definitely put him in the Top One... (Apologies to Brian Clough)...
  6. mikebv

    Swindon Stadium

    I remember at the 'dog bowl' the houses adjacent to the back straight had a completely unrestricted view from their bathroom windows overlooking the track when 'The Chieftain Stand' was demolished.... No one ever watched.... A 'proper business' would be engaging with their new neighbours and giving out special offers, eg a few meetings free to try it, reduced price tickets ongoing, organising meet and greet open days pre season exclusively for them etc.. Must be a couple of thousand people now within walking distance, and the demographic of house buyers in those size houses suggest young (ish) professionals with plenty of kids in tow... Speedway's much needed target audience... (Obviously still having a track to run on would be a distinct advantage in attracting them).
  7. mikebv

    Swindon Stadium

    Lots of houses means lots of potential fans... Potential customers literally being brought to your door step.. (Or Swindon being brought to their doorstep as the case maybe?) What an opportunity to grow your business.... There will be no issues with these locals not knowing what Speedway is...
  8. mikebv

    Kings Lynn 2019

    I would think you are right re the crowd levels at the three tracks.. I reckon Buster will have factored it in too when putting his plans for the three together.. Posh and Ippo up by a collective 300 - 400 or so and KL level or slightly down... Net result? A nice plus.... My team get around 1200 - 1400 and should they not do as well as previous years will still get 1100 or so as a minimum I would say... The sport is very much down to its die hard following at most tracks, if not all, so I would think promoters have some confidence in putting together a team knowing they won't drop too many fans during the season. Likewise, they also know that putting together a 'winning team' often won't generate enough extra fans to pay for the increased points money getting paid out.. I am sure Buster won't get his fingers burnt...
  9. mikebv

    Kings Lynn 2019

    To be fair to Buster with three teams to run I would imagine he is looking at all three from the overall generic business perspective.. With all three having very different agendas.. Both Peterborough and Ipswich will I am sure get a bit of 'top league bounce' and bring in a few fans who maybe have stopped going.. Two or three hundred of them at each track and the picture will look reasonable I would think... Peterborough have often seemed to be a team that when doing well can attract decent crowds but when doing poorly seem to lose a high proportion of their fan base. Hence putting together a 'good team' makes sense.... Ipswich will hopefully get that 'bounce' and it is a track that has always seemed to hold onto a 'decent following' regardless of which division they are in or who rides for them, hence it makes sense not to go overboard with recruitment.. And as for Kings Lynn, they too seem to have a reasonable 'die hard' following regardless of where they finish in the league therefore, again, it doesn't make financial sense to spend big money on riders. Especially given he will have (at least) four local derbies to help bring fans in. (And 12 local derbies as a minimum in total).. And dont the stox help fund the Speedway? Therefore Buster doesn't need to fork out unnecessary money to make the stadium pay... Lets be honest, there is no kudos in winning any of the domestic speedway titles given the ridiculous rules and the way the sport is ran, so it makes complete sense to run all three clubs with the sole aim of at least keeping them solvent or possibly even turning a few quid profit...
  10. mikebv

    Buxton - epitomy of NL racing?

    The riders had to get off their bikes at then end of the home straight and push them round turns one and two..
  11. Correct.. The operating and business model they run is simply not fit for purpose.. Running any business where your employees dictate to you when you can open your doors due to their need to work for many other employers can never work.. And just to throw some salt onto that particular wound, your competitors can also decide when you can open your doors if they think your opening hours effect their own business.. Utterly crackers... No one can sort that out....
  12. Does every team have a 'supporters club'? I think it was only last year that the Aces put one together after many years of nothing... Maybe that is the issue? ie No 'supporters club' exists so no one is being nominated?
  13. Plus this year I will see the 'superstars' riding Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Polish League and Tuesday's every week in Sweden.. And then watch them regularly in the GP's too... All in glorious HD from the comfort of my armchair.. No 'mystique' sadly anymore.. You went to watch Collins, Mauger, Olsen, Penhall etc etc when they visited your track, as it could be the only chance you got all season to see them, apart from the Saturday highlights on World Of Sport of the big meetings...
  14. mikebv

    End of season average.

    Not just modern days riders... I know of one from well over ten years ago who always tried to end up at 5.99 as he was seen as a 'solid six pointer' in the eyes of the promoters, and "5.99 always sounded as if I could improve it!"... He always started the season well, ran around a seven plus average, reached the point where he paid the bills for his riding for the season, then would get the calculator out as the season drew to an end as "everything else is bunce"... (He had a Full time job too unlike so many today, so any Speedway 'profit' was icing on his cake).. He was never short of a team place so his system worked!! Also he got lots of guest bookings keeping his average where it was, and reckoned some were "very good earners".. About 20 years ago I had a conversation one night late in the season with a Promoter and suggested he might sign a rider who we were watching perform well. The same rider had been quoted that week in the SS as "never wanting the season to end", such was his upturn in form.. The Promoter told me he would never sign any rider based on late season form as he could never be sure if it was actually the fact that rider had improved or that the others he was racing against were lowering their averages for the following season.. If you use such a daft, easily manipulated system, based on so many variables, then you will always have riders using it to their advantage as why do 'too well' one year and miss the next through your 'success'? Far more lucrative to do 'ok' for two seasons than 'do well' for one...
  15. mikebv

    Speedway Related Co Finances

    How very dare you... Stockport County have had over 4000 in their place this season, and rarely drop below 3000.. And got over 7000 I think for the play offs last year... Imagine any UK Speedway team getting those crowds...?

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Privacy Policy