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  1. Davies Park, Brisbane, November 1928 Max Grosskreutz, possibly one of the most under-rated of the pre-war stars was yet to reach the top, but was on his way. Often stated by Australian historians that he started out at Townsville, but I have my doubts. We will get to that later, but the scene is set in Brisbane as some of the top riders have recently returned from their venture to the UK to start the sport in Europe.The Golden Helmet was one of the main trophies at the track and the holder received a wage for the period they held it. This is how one newspaper reported the meeting Max Grosskreutz has long been a favourite with the speedway crowd, but his dashing victory in the Golden Helmet last made him more of a 'hero' than ever. He beat Taylor and Hastings pointless, and covered the 4 laps in a faster time than has ever previously been recorded, 76s The Northern boy rode a beautiful race, and it is doubtful whether even Frank Arthur would have beaten him. Unfortunately Arthur's back tyre came off in the second lap, and deprived him of any chance. Grosskreutz won by virtue of his ability to ride the white line. On the turns he was rarely more than two feet out. The only fly in the ointment of Grosskreutz's win was the fact that he did not actually finish in the semi-final, and it is questionable if he had the right to start in the final. After his engine failed in the semi final, he pushed it around on the inside of the track, and did not actually cross the finishing line. Pearce apparently won the right to start in the final, but he sportingly handed it to Grsskreutz, according to the announcer. But Pearce himself also finished on a 'busted' engine on the inside of the track. So where are we? Grosskreutz rode a wonderful race in the final, in record time, and it is a pity he should win in such circumstances Results ht 1, M.Grosskreutz, Harry Mangham, Ben Unwin, Len Percival ht 2, F.Pearce, Jock Binney, Cyril Anderson, Bruce Richmond ht 3, F.Arthur, Harold Hastings, Arthur Yenson, Bert Jones ht 4, A.Taylor, D.Case, Les Lawrence, Bruce McCallum semi 1, H.Hastings, M.Grosskreutz, F.Pearce, D.Case Grosskreutz took the lead until 3rd lap when his engine failed.Pearce fell on 2nd lap, but remounted, but also had problems. semi 2, F.Arthur, A.Taylor, J.Binney, H.Managham It was then suggested Grosskreutz and Pearce have a run off to decide who goes into the final, but as Pearce's bike was knackered, Pearce gave a walk over to Max In the final, Taylor was on the inside with Max next to him and Hastings on the outside. Taylor went into the lead with Grosskreutz following close behind. On the 2nd lap, Arthurs back tyre came off and he was out. Then Groskreutz passed Taylor on the inside and they had a great battle for the last lap, but Max won by 4 lengths 'amid a roar of cheering. It was the most popular win ever seen on the track' Then the fun and games began Two days later the ACU ruled Grosskreutz was not eligible to compete in the final on 3 grounds Firstly he had not finished,plus he was not the fastest second place(it having been stipulated in the programme that only the two semi final winners,plus the fastest second would start in the final) and lastly, he had pushed his motor from a greater distance than the red post. The Clerk of the Course , it was claimed then decided that he could start in the final, and the stewards agreed under protest. On Monday the union officials informed the speedway management that the pay for the prize should go to Alby Taylor, who was therefore the winner of the Golden Helmet and second place was awarded to Harold Hastings The came the problem with the qualification to the final. Apparently recent Golden Helmet meetings had been run with 3 heats with the winners and the fastest second going through. But due to 3 top riders returning from the UK it had been decided to run 4 heats and then two semi finals, so the first and second in each s/f should go through. The information in the programme had been misleading Then a statement came from Alby Taylor saying he 'is not satisfied to retain his trophy for the usual period of 4 weeks, because of the controversy raging around the decision, and the fact Grosskreutz rode so remarkably well'. In deference to Taylors request the speedway management announced the Golden Helmet would be at stake at the next meeting, with the same riders in the same line up A record crowd turned up and perhaps the best nights racing seen on a Brisbane speedway was witnessed In the end Harold Hasting ran out the winner with Max in second place.....Taylor didn't get past the semi final
  2. I think it is important to use environmental friendly mats. Maybe from coconut fibres from B & Q or the Garden Center
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    Ice Speedway 2019-2020

    Seems Schaap had problems getting a visa, so Hutla is in the Almaty GPs
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    Warsaw GP 16th May 2020 tickets

    Heard lots of problems with the site. Think some football clubs were refusing to let people in with tickets brought from the place and there was this warning last year https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/19/not-buy-tickets-viagogo-caused-distress-music-fans-8935127/
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    Strikes, bans and protests

    Bit of two for one here, which will really confuse one of our forumites, I think !!! In 1947 as a protest at what they thought was a weak selection, Aub Lawson, Vic Duggan and evergreen Max Grosskreutz pulled out of the first Australia v England test. They were unhappy that Ray Duggan for instance was left out for 'poorer' riders. Seems they were then subsequently banned from the 2nd test In another move, the Board of Control banned riders from imbibing intoxicating drink 24 hours before a test !!! The penalty for infringement was disqualification, plus the penalty for bringing alcohol to the pits would be a life ban!!!
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    Strikes, bans and protests

    Seems there were quite a few problems in speedway in the pre-war days One such incident took place just before the first Australia v England test of 1939 in Sydney Riders were informed that heats were to be run over 4 laps instead of the usual 3. Riders of both teams protested to officials of N.S.W A.C.U, but were told the instructions came from Melbourne and there was nothing they could do. 'Bluey' Wilkinson, the Australian captain stated the additional lap would increase the risk of machine failure. 3 laps produce harder and closer races. Jack Parker, the England captain was also worried about mechanical failure, but stated big meetings like tests had a bearing on what riders could earn from signing contracts and poor performances could cost them. Riders started the first heat not knowing whether it would be concluded after 3 or 4 heats. In the end they got their way and all heats were run over 3 laps !!!
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    Hamburg Lokstedt Dirt Track

    One or two other interesting bits have turned up about the 1933 season. One funny tale, again making the mistake in saying Hitler's birthday was a holiday, was that one rider was trying to make his way to the Stadium during the 3 day holiday for Hitler's birthday and there was a parade with 250,000 people that was ending just by the stadium. He was stopped a couple of times by police, but they had no English and he could speak no German. Eventually as he was getting nowhere he shinned up a lamp post to get a better view of the parade. All of a sudden a storm trooper started prodding that bit of his anatomy that was to be seen from ground level with a bayonet and started saying something. The rider said ' He might well have been telling me to get down, but I just climbed further up the post' As with a lot of these tales, who knows how much truth there is, as there are big holes in most stories about the venture
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    Parker bros v Milne bros

    Seen an interesting photo that was taken in May 1936 at Harringay where the Parker brothers met the Milne's in a duel and supposedly lost 14-11!!! Had a look on speedway researcher and can't see anything. Guess it was part of the Harringay v Hackney meeting as that roughly corresponds to the date given Does anyone have further details of this clash? Not sure how they get to that score... And anyone know of any other clashes between two sets of brothers ? Grahame v Collins maybe ?
  9. And just in time for my cousin who has moved from the speedway desert which London has become to Perth, which now looks to provide some good entertainment on his doorstep !!!
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    Ice Speedway 2019-2020

    Seems like the warm weather could play havoc with this weekends Russian League meeting at Ufa!!!
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    Parker bros v Milne bros

    Actually came across a famous brothers match race between the Milnes and Parkers in 1938 !!! Probably the photo was wrongly captioned Ht1. Cordy, Jack Milne, Norman then Jack Parker Ht 2. J.Milne, N.Parker, Cordy, J.Parker
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    Other Museums

    See this person or couple seemed to have picked up some wonderful trophies auctioned off from Billy Lamont’s collection
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    Other Museums

    Are there any other museums with a speedway or even board racing exhibit?I have seen that the museum at Hockenheim has what looks like a brilliant collection of racing cars and bikes,but am not sure if they have any relevant exhibits to speedways history...
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    Fay Taylour

    Thinking about it, maybe it wasn’t a coincidence Wills turned up in Western Australia, as I think by then Hoskins was also there. So maybe renewing acquaintances? And might explain why he was given as ‘the English rider’ instead of ‘an English rider’ if Hoskins had given the info to the press
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    Fay Taylour

    Not found anything on this, but have found a report from Claremont,WA from August 1927 during practice sessions before the opening meeting of the new season 'Lionel Wills, the English rider who is here on a short business trip and who intends to stay over the opening meeting, also makes the cinders fly' also 'Ron Johnson shows a good deal of improvement'
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    Hoskins 1933 in North America

    Seen a report from the US mentioning the Aussie riders have left and weren't very impressive. The feeling was they might not have been trying too hard.......now it doesn't give a year,so I am guessing it might be referring to this tour, and that maybe as the earnings weren't up to expectations, they riders didn't put themselves out too much. Then mentions who was going to win the national championship and the favourites were Miny Waln or Cordy Milne, which could well make it 1933, as I am not sure Waln was still a favourite to win the title in 1934
  17. Another new piece of speedway history for me. Apparently after the 1932/33 Australian season Hoskins along with a group of riders set out to conquer America. A decent group including Frank Arthur, Billy Lamont, Jack Ormston, George Greenwood and Ray Tauser initially wanted to start off in Toronto, but couldn't find a suitable track. They then headed off to New York where the same situation met them, But apparently a US style speedway was going on at Coney Island, but the touring group found they had to ride at a slow pace to make a decent match of it with the locals. On the other coast things were different with 10 tracks running and a good standard of opponent The tour wasn't a great success, but Hoskins said they broke even. Yet again, Madison Square Gardens were said to be interested in the sport.Plans were for a group of US riders to head out for Australia and Hoskins and his group would head back to the US the next year Not sure if anyone can add to this, but it seems as far as I can tell neither of these planned tours took place. A US team did make Australia in 1935 though What happened to Hoskins UK career at this time? He left Wembley and took over at West Ham sometime around this period. Seems all the riders took a break from UK speedway this season ?
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    Strikes, bans and protests

    Interesting post again Robbie. Yes, the threat of a ban on foreign riders obviously failed in 1937. I mean the Dons had a few through the door that season, with Miny Waln, Alfred Rumrich and then Byrd McKinney alongside Wilbur Lamoreaux But there was I think a ban in 1934. Of course 'foreign' meant non Commonwealth rider, so it meant for instance Morian Hansen of Denmark and Sebastian Roth (who had a decent spell for Plymouth late in 1933 and they wanted him back) of Germany, plus it was said Ray Tauser
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    Strikes, bans and protests

    Something a bit different to end the day (for me anyway) from 1929 Fines of 2 pounds for assault and 15 pounds for dangerous driving, with costs and his license forfeited, and disqualification from driving for 2 years, were imposed on Ronald Johnson. Evidence was given that Johnson in a sports car, drove at a terrific speed over Serpentine bridge, cutting between two cars which had to apply their brakes violently. In taking a sharp turn Johnson's passenger was thrown out and injured. The evidence stated Johnson became very excited when arrested and kicked the constable !!! On my, he was a colourful character
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    Strikes, bans and protests

    According to International Speedway, Vic Huxley failed to appear for Australia v England in their 1932-33 series in his homeland because the promoters' failed to meet his demanded appearance fee'
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    Strikes, bans and protests

    Oh on that 2 pound fee I found an article post war from 1949 British speedway riders threaten to strike on Saturday unless their demands for more prize money are met. They demand that prize money be increased from 2 pounds each point scored to 3 pounds. Riders made their demands after the formation of a junior league, which has 4 of the heats during a meeting .The senior men claim this has cut their prize money
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    Strikes, bans and protests

    Yes there were many titles considered to be world champion. Can discuss it on the un-official world championships thread. there might even be Star Riders thread buried away. Sure I have seen, maybe even posted that there were one or two riders before 1928 considered to be world champion
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    Strikes, bans and protests

    Found something from 1931 The Daily Mail reveals that a strike nearly preceded the speedway test between England and Australia, the riders demanding the doubling of the fiver which is the usual appearance fee. Despite the hothead's insistence on a strike, wiser counsels prevailed and the matter will be thrashed out at a special meeting of the National Speedway Association, when it is expected that a decision to make the fee for test appearances of 10 pounds, will be reached Presumably all went well. No mention of this on International Speedway
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    Frank Arthur a real Pioneer.!!!

    That is interesting. I did find some things before around that time using the word, but it looked to be another name of a highway
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