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    Supreme Stylist

    You beat me to it.
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    Norwich WSRA Lunch

    Of course Ron How was the star but I think even without him the "no-hopers" would have been contenders. Genz, Goody, Geran, Pander and Gooch were all heat leader class and one of Reeves and Bishop could have stepped up. The distinction between the England and so-called Great Britain teams of the past was pointed out in an earlier post. I'm going from memory here (dangerous for a 74 year old) but I think that Scotland's Ken Mckinlay did represent England in the early days of the World Team Cup.
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    Norwich WSRA Lunch

    P.S. It's interesting that Bryan Elliot is listed as Australian and Bob Andrews as a New Zealander both having won England caps earlier in their careers.
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    Norwich WSRA Lunch

    (15) Barry Briggs 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1 (9) Ken McKinlay 14 3 3 3 2 3 14 2 (7) Ron How 12 3 2 3 2 2 12 3 4 (6) Cyril Maidment 11 1 3 3 1 3 11 4 5 (16) Mike Broadbanks 11 2 3 2 3 1 11 5 6 (3) Bob Andrews 10 3 1 2 2 2 10 6 7 (8) Nigel Boocock 8 2 1 0 3 2 8 7 8 (5) Dick Fisher 7 F 2 1 1 3 7 8 9 (2) Jim Lightfoot 6 2 0 2 2 0 6 9 10 (12) Trevor Hedge 5 2 2 0 0 1 5 10 11 (4) Ron Mountford 5 1 0 2 0 2 5 11 12 (10) Jimmy Gooch 4 0 2 1 0 1 4 12 13 (14) Bryan Elliott 4 F 1 1 1 1 4 13 14 (11) Billy Bales 3 1 0 1 1 0 3 14 15 (1) Brian Brett 2 0 X 0 2 0 2 15 16 (13) Tadeusz Teodorowicz 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 16 R1 (R1) Ronnie Genz 0 0 R1 R2 (R2) Colin Gooddy 0 0 R2
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    West Ham Speedway Closes 1972

    I think that sadly, Björn simply became disenchanted with the sport. He was undoubtedly a rider of world class but nerves often seemed to get the better of him on the big occasion. I honestly believe that it was only when becoming world champion wasn't so important to him anymore (I actually remember seeing him yawning at the pre-meeting parade at that world final) that he could just concentrate on winning races and put his mental issues behind him.
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    Colin Pratt R.I.P.

    You must have been there in 1963 when Colin Pratt, riding for a Provincial League Select against Southampton at New Cross (I think the home team had an away fixture) beat Björn Knutson, A Provincial League rider beating one of the "Big Five" was almost unheard of and shows just how well he was riding that year. Sad news indeed that Colin is no longer with us.
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    West Ham Speedway Closes 1972

    Archibald Leach (Leitch?) was the real name of the old time actor Cary Grant. Maybe the stadium designer went on to make a career for himself in Hollywood under an assumed name
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    West Ham Speedway Closes 1972

    Those days I was working for a shipping company called The Blue Star Line. I thought that when I went to watch speedway at West Ham I could forget about work but I had to spend the whole evening looking at a ship's funnel from ... yes you've guested it ... The Blue Star Line.
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    Name your favourite five riders.

    That's why I didn't pick Waterman, Luckhurst, Davies, Gooch, Eric Williams and McAuliffe. I suspect Norbold had a similar problem
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    Harry Bastable

    I think it was in 1961 that Ivor and Harry each decided to wear a white top over their leathers to see who could keep it cleanest by the end of the evening. All very good natured but rivalry none the less.
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    Harry Bastable

    So sad to hear that another of the riders of the past is no longer with us. In the early 60's Harry was much more than a "steady second string" for Cradley in the Provincial League (10.38 average in 1960) and his rivalry with Ivor Brown was well known.
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    For or against the GP series.?

    It's well known that nerves often got the better of Björn and without the pressure of having to do it at a one-off meeting, it might have worked in his favour.
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    For or against the GP series.?

    Or riders who shouldn't have been there but were.
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    For or against the GP series.?

    I think the GP series is more likely to produce a worthy world champion. One-off meetings have on a couple of occasions produced a winner who most would agree was not speedway's top rider that year.
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    R.i.p. Tom Farndon

    I was involved in a series of posts on here recently concerning the number of world champions each country had produced. The careers of both Tom Farndon and Peter Craven were tragically cut short and we can only speculate how many world titles they could have won representing their country.

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