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coventry1963 last won the day on January 9 2016

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  1. Out of interest, how did Wembley maintain their track when they were in league Speedway? Was it taken up each week between meetings? I remember going to watch Coventry there and the track bends were so flat that the only overtaking that could be achieved was by getting underneath an opponent, no chance of an outside pass. That was also an issue on several world finals as the lack of banking was a real problem and not conducive to racing, whereas the 1981 final track clearly had an outside line available.
  2. Coventry 2017

    Charles Ochiltree was respected and, in turn, he respected his customers, the fans. As a youngster in the 1960s, I once went into the office to ask if a race card was available (one of those long ago occasions when the stadium was so full, they sold out of programmes!). I was quite concerned when I saw him in the office but still asked him. Ever the gentleman, he responded to a young lad with the same politeness as to any adult and told me to wait whilst they xeroxed some spares, handing me a copy before I left. Very powerful man in the sport at that time but never lost touch with reality either.
  3. 2017 Profit & Loss

    If only! When you set a loss against a profit from elsewhere, you only reduce the overall profit figure which is then taxable. You still have to pay the main part of the loss, the loss is simply effectively reduced by the tax rate applicable E.g. Profit £100,000 @ 19 per cent = £19,000 tax. Profit £100,000, loss £20,000 = net profit of £80,000 @ 19 per cent = £15,200 tax. So, loss of £20,000 reduced by £3,800 to £16,200, not wiped out!
  4. Peter Collins Article

    One of the problems has to be the drop in crowds, to let 100 people in free when you had 3-4,000 attending is very different to when you are struggling to get 800-1,000. Remember the current promoters are very unlikely to be the same as those who made the profits from the larger crowds in the past when those riders were performing, so you are simply asking a promoter now to take the pain when it was not them who made the gain!
  5. Pay Rates Mystery

    Not just about pay rates though, is it? In every walk of life some people are better than others on the business side of things. At the same pay rate, whatever that might be, "making Money from Speedway" is also about how the rider approaches the business side of it, not just the pounds per point rate. Costs and sponsorship, which are very individual, have just as important a part to play in whether a rider makes a decent living. Hearing what price per point is paid is only one part of the equation and, in isolation, tells you very little about the overall position.
  6. Starting

    Moving at the start has been present for many, many years. Just have a look at some of the old you tube videos. Putting chocks, or anything else behind the wheels only stops a rider rolling back and then forward, it will not stop a rider anticipating the start and dropping the clutch before the tapes actually rise. If the chock was exactly a bikes length from the tapes it might make it harder for a rider to move at all without touching the tapes as, at present, the bikes have several inches between the front tyre and the tapes which means a small movement is still possible. The GP this year where the ref held the tapes for 3-5 seconds was interesting. After the first round of races, there was virtually no problem, even if there was a lot of moaning!
  7. Many thanks racers and royals for taking the time to do this - much appreciated.
  8. Could anybody help with an English translation of article?
  9. Please Teach This "yankee"

    Hi Barry, Yes, I know, I helped write it through Andy following that same conversation! Really pleased to hear that you are still giving it out.
  10. Please Teach This "yankee"

    And for the real newcomers to the sport "bonus" or "paid" points were originally introduced to encourage that now dying art of "team riding" whereby an experienced rider could help a more junior team-mate to get home ahead of the opposition without it costing him hard earned cash! Also designed to stop two team mates going at it hammer and tong for the extra point (and cash). I add this post simply because I was asked the very same question on the Isle of Wight, when I was visiting, by a first timer who wanted to know why a rider in second was not trying to pass for first place. We long time fans tend to take this sort of knowledge for granted. In fact, the Isle of Wight actually now go through the basics of the sport before meetings for the new comers, which I thought was a typically thoughtful approach from the promotion to ensure new potential fans got more from the night.
  11. Ivan Mauger

    Speaking to Jack Parker many years ago, he always maintained that any of the top riders from any era would have been close to the top in any other era. He said Fundin, Mauger, Briggs, Nielsen et al at their peak would have been formidable opponents to him in his era and, at his peak, he would have been the same to them in their time. He said any of the top riders would have adapted to the era at the time with bikes, styles etc. Any comparison therefore has to be subjective.
  12. British Fatalities Analysis

    Sorry, haven't looked at site again till tonight. Yes, 1975 would be right, didn't remember the name but will always remember those first few moments when we got to him. Nothing I could do except follow the instructions of the St John's guys, who were literally seconds behind me, as it was immediately obvious that it was extremely serious. Very, very sad day.
  13. British Fatalities Analysis

    I agree on the chance element. I was doping and oiling at a Coventry winter training session when a guy clipped a back wheel, straightened up just enough to hit the wire safety fence at the perfect angle to catapult him onto the concrete terracing. I was nearest the gate through to the terracing and will always remember being one of the first to reach him, only to find he had serious head injury because of how he happened to land. He died in hospital several days later. Roger Hill, on the other hand, had a very similar situation at Coventry, also landing on the concrete terrace but he actually walked away, suffering only a broken arm.
  14. Holder Sacked

    Think only he and Ove Fundin achieved the ten consecutive years podiums.
  15. Belle Vue 2017

    18.12.6 seems to suggest that once a team reaches the play-offs then none of those riders can guest. i.e. Four teams in play-offs excludes all members of those four teams guesting in any play-off match - or is that too logical an interpretation of said rule?