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    Best Race Suit Ever?

    84 American final i believe. Tried a comeback for a few meetings in 85 then quit. Going on to become a powerboating(?) World champion iirc.
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    90 Stars of British League DVD

    Why? When it's about the British league? And the footage of pre-war riders in any case would be quite limited. Definitely a bias towards riders at the latter end of the period, presumably due to better quality footage available. Hamil included despite only riding 1 season in the BL. But someone like Soren Sjosten who was a hl for many years and key member of the great belle vue side is omitted. But then it is "90 stars" no claims it is the best 90. Would be good to hear from someone who buys it if it is worth getting
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    Swindon 2019

    No-one is missing how the league currently administers contracts. What we are disputing is that the way speedway uses them has any legal basis. Would just take one court case to blow the current mechanism away.
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    Swindon 2019

    Otherwise their contracts could be terminated...oh hang on, they can be anyway. And what happens again if they aren't being paid per the terms of their contract?
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    Swindon 2019

    Probably before it runs out, given there is no minimum salary and seems employer can terminate at any time for any reason, so presume rider can too?
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    Wolves 2019

    And I'm struggling to see how anyone could misread that...
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    Blair Scott on Jeremy Kyle

    If you don't see the difference between someone selling weed and someone selling crystal meth, seems there is little chance of a sensible discussion...
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    Blair Scott on Jeremy Kyle

    Well done. Do you also film people exceeding the speed limit and report tradies doing cashjobs?
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    Blair Scott on Jeremy Kyle

    Fair play, never having smoked or drunk or gambled. But i have a different perspective. I've known alcoholics who are lovely people. People with gambling addictions. I wouldn't class them as scumbags, given that I happen to like a drink but am lucky enough to be able to choose when I drink. I know a number of people who were incredibly nice until they got hooked on Crystal meth - yes obviously not a smart thing to take, but the scumbags to me are those who sell that crsp not the addicts.
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    Blair Scott on Jeremy Kyle

    I think you don't understand what addiction means if that is what you believe. Perhaps it is theoretically possible to live a life without doing anything which is potentially addictive, but it would be a pretty boring life...
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    Polish Transfers 2019

    Wroclaw?
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    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    Though that said, maybe he didn't work as hard as Ole and Ivan, and was more reliant on natural ability. Perhaps why Ole's gating improved to world class standard, and PCs remained average (Though he could produce gates when it mattered, 77 final as an example).
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    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    To me that's not the main reason. It's that he didn't get close any other season. That even that season he wasn't dominant in other events. To win a GP series requires quality over a number of meetings, but even that season was he the best rider in the world? Was he in the top 3 riders in the world any other season. Where would he rank in riders of the decade? PC was best rider in the world for 2 seasons (imo) and the 3rd best rider of the decade (behind Mauger and Olsen).
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    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    You are right that Berry was team manager, thst would explain it. Th ere were issues agsin 10 years later...
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    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    PC is imo the greatest rider to won a single world individual title. Loram would possibly be in the bottom 5. No comparison imo, I think PC is closer to Tai than Loram to PC. Loram never topped the top flight averages as an example. I dont believe he shone for england/gb in the way Woffy and PC did.
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    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    Genuine question, why wasn't he picked for the pairs for England that year?
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    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    If only the privileged few had works machinery - how does this correlate with claims tgat Tai only wins because he had fast bikes. Which all riders have. When in the 70s it was only your Maugers, Olsen and Collins...
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    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    And tbf when assessing Pcs greatness I think most factor those things in. He was the best rider in the world in 76&77 And arguably would have won a gp series in both years. And you rightly say he could have won more but for the injury which saw him drop from being world class to more an international class (world top 20 rather than top 10) rider. At the same time in 80 you could argue he had been overtaken by the new generation of Lee and Penhall. People talk about Tais era being weak, but the era Gundersen and Nielsen dominated was marked by rge number of world class riders whose careers were prematurely curtailed or otherwise hampered - Penhall, Carter, Lee,Sigalos,Sanders plus Collins never the same after injury, the Morans never professional enough. I've also seen people say Mauger only started winning world titles once Briggs was past his best... Anyway, Tai the greatest brit for me, narrowly ahead of the two PCs then Lee.
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    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    If good riders could get on any bike and win in the 70s, why do people make excuses for Peter Collins display in the 78 British final... And why did NZ use Ivans bikes for 14 of the 16 heats in the 79 final if average riders couldn't go better on quick bikes?
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    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    Just want to point out that if the top 30 riders in the world are considered "international class" then in the 70s PC would race such riders 3 times per domestic meeting, so for an 11pt average pc would beat such riders 2 out of 3 times. Using the same definition, Tai I believe races such riders 8 times per meeting (5 rides). So with a similar success rate to Pc, and assuming also finishing once behind a team mate - given he races every heatvwith a top 30 rides- then a 9pt average would reflect an equal level of dominance to PC. Oh surprise, that's what he averages! There are arguments to support PC beimg better than Tai, but pretending Wyer and Stancl are better than the riders in todays GP, or that Tai rarely beats world class riders from the back doesnt help advance the argument. Tai probably does beat less riders from the back than PC, but I'd say that is less to do with his ability than the fact he is a better gater, superb round the first turn, and gets far less easy heats than PC And i say this as someone who grew up watching pc/Mott in ht13 each week, so it should be clear who my favourite rider of the two is.
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    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    I believe one of the reasons Ole was an advocate of the GP series is he felt he had been disadvantaged in the world championship by being, for most of his career, the only Dane in the field. He saw Gps as reducing the opportunities for collusion. I'm sure there were other reasons as well why Ole wanted a series...
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    Wild Cards 2019

    I'd be amazed if Zmarzlik isn't the next Polish world champion, and in the next few years.
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    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    Don't forget Bruce Penhall allegedly paying off -hmm, Jri Stancl, to allow Bruce to beat him and claim world title number 2
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    Wild Cards 2019

    Tbh its a bit like england in the 70s...
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