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Rebel1

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  1. Rebel1

    KENT 2019

    I may be wrong but I like to watch speedway and regardless of the competition. I became hooked on offroad biking back in the 50's and still like to watch those with a skill that I profess I never acquired. Scrambles, grass and trials were all weekly individual meetings, apart from star meetings where a British team turned out. Shrublands Park was my top scrambles venue, brilliant place. Yes, team riding is what many go to watch, however, in the sixties some of the best meetings were individual meetings and they continued really until the GP's when for various reasons individual meetings lost their attraction. Remember too that the Laurels is one of the longest running individual meetings that is now still with us. A meeting that I would always get down to Plough Lane to witness. The line-ups for some of the top individual meetings were as good as or even better than the individual world championships. Thus I am more than happy to say that I can still watch speedway in my retirement without having to turn on the little box in my living room. I have followed Rayleigh, West Ham and Arena Essex / Lakeside, all now defunct. £15.00 may be a debateable cost as is any price for a commodity. As Teaboy says compare it with fags and booze. If I go to the pub I can easily spend £16.00, whatever the cost I make the decision as to how I distribute my hard earnt money.
  2. Rebel1

    KENT 2019

    I would be surprised if Roger and Len did not seek an appeal. Dog racing on a Monday morning shortens the preparation time for the track and fence erection. There are three appeal routes available and no doubt they will require a period of time in which to reflect upon the Planning refusal and how best to appeal the decision.
  3. Rebel1

    2019 NL Season

    For once in speedway I think a promotion has got it right. Kent have persevered with their riders throughout the seasons past regardless. Other than injuries or riders wishes, a seven rider declared team starts and progresses through the season as a TEAM. Now I gather that the foresight is to build a team of English youngsters that can be gelled into a Championship team and when that occurs look to go up a league. Seven English lads working together and staying together can be nothing but good. I have for years wondered why promoters in this country have never done their best to elevate their own into the world of super-stardom rather than buying-in foreigners. Win, lose or draw, most supporters go week in, week out, to see a regular septet of riders and this may be why Kent currently have a sound supporter base and why they may also follow a team of youngsters up into a higher division.
  4. Rebel1

    2019 NL Season

    Explain the excuse of Health and Safety? Surely tracks shoud be prepared to accommodate worn tyres were that to be a real consideration. I feel the motors are too strong for many lads but no-one objects to that.
  5. Rebel1

    2019 NL Season

    Given that the Premier and Championship leagues (Promoters) recognize the National League as a training league, I am surprised that they have never included the NL Promoters in their AGM's. The Development Leagues are the lower echelon of speedway and are the real feeder route into the sport. The NL suffers from the fact that riders who improve their averages provide a dilemma for the promoters as they cannot all be included in the following years points averages at this level. Given that the higher leagues seem to prefer to give opportunities to foreign riders then it will remain that very few NL riders will have lengthy careers. There is a need for a joined-up route for youngsters towards the upper echelons of the game. Some of the promoters need to put the riders careers ahead of their own financial gains with a view to creating strength-in-depth with British riders. In the long term supporters, in general, go to watch particular riders and would prefer to see their favourites rising through the leagues rather than dropping out because their averages do no fit. I am not advocating a free for all approach as again just a few clubs would be capable of purchasing the best riders, yet on the other side of the coin then there is something in respect of a Control Body placing riders in teams.
  6. Rebel1

    Kent 2018

    In all my years with this sport I cannot remember an Easter period with so many washed-out meetings and still continuing to rain. Looks like Kent have shut shop till the end of April with neither of the weekend meetings being re-arranged on the spare Mondays of this month. Not so good for the less experienced riders who really would benefit from these challenge matches, big shame.
  7. Rebel1

    Kent 2018

    Yes teaboy279 James has dipped out. My issue is whether he will push on. He is a likeable lad and held his own in the SDL last season, but looking a cut above? Hope he continues and holds our number eight spot. Alex did not feel that he wanted to be held to one club when approached last season and surely with the number of rides as an unattached rider served him well. He had a chance to ride a greater variety of tracks. Having made his decision I wish him well and look forward to seeing him in our pits this season.
  8. Rebel1

    Kent 2018

    To be honest to the six / seven spot riders over the seasons, Kent have been fair to them, more so than some other sides in this league. Remember it is still a training league so getting het-up over these lower order riders is rather re-miss. Not all lads can start with a lot of quality machinery, nor should they, part of the apprenticeship is learning how to make things work both off and on track.
  9. Rebel1

    Kent 2018

    Stoneman it is with a number seven to be selected. No mention yet of the SDL for 2018 but it may be that this lower order section + ANOther will have been chosen to favour that training league. Stoneman has been an out and out racer and some of his moves this past season were near unbelievable. Not disappointed to see him included. Should be a sound lineup.
  10. Rebel1

    Kent 2018

    No chance that Luke will be racing in 2018 as his bones were being very slow to knit when he last visited hospital. Would be surprised if he ever came back as a bad fall yet again would not be good.
  11. Rebel1

    Kent 2018

    Having watched the sport for over 50 years I much prefer to see the youngsters having a go. They have not learnt some of the requirements for holding on for 4 laps. Witness for instance the ex-moto crosser Danny Ayres. He rarely made a full 4 laps without the need for re-mounting at some stage. Now he is a heat leader in the National League. James Shanes, he had the ability to stay up yet his starting let him down so he was an all out racer. Who could say that the 2 top leagues give any better racing. I see the GP riders going for the world title but rarely see that the racing is any better. Just my perspective, but I used to trip over to Rye House in the sixties when they had the winter training sessions and watch lads of all levels have a go to improve their style or mere speed. Just the sport.
  12. Rebel1

    Kent Kings 2017

    Two heat leaders and a further reserve required. Interesting days, weeks, months ahead. Will the number seven berth be an untried lad and if so can he do what Jack did this past season? Hope so. Two trustworthy point scorers home and away needed to fill the middle order then.
  13. Rebel1

    Kent Kings 2017

    Difficult to foresee the nature of the team build given the AGM is not until next week (13th). Points limit etc. Luke and Jack make a good start. Given the nature of the league I always feel that every Club should bring forward at least one newcomer (3 pointer). Yet some Clubs seem to bend that issue in order to maintain a low average for the following season for a rider of ability. I like the Upper Leagues AGM requirement regarding team building beyond mid-season. I would like to see a similar requirement for National League. Might slow some of the shenanigans of some teams, having the wherewithal to bend team building during the season, in order to create strength in depth mid to late season. I strongly feel that the league should be about fostering and teaching young lads, thus the need for at least one experienced rider for that purpose. Riding lines and tactics is one element, however, a more difficult issue is bike set-up as different riders have different styles and motors.
  14. Rebel1

    Kent 2016

    Well said Nikko. Monday, Bank holiday, a motorcycle could clearly be heard from within the stadium from the adjacent estate during the meeting. Noise is an evocative subject and therefore I would suggest that people refer to the noise level monitoring undertaken by the stadium for the purpose of the submission for permanent running of speedway at CP. Fact not fiction goes a long way and is irrefutable given it is undertaken by a professional undertaking. The locals will have an uphill struggle to overturn the submission on the grounds of noise unless something substantial alters. Long live speedway at CP.
  15. Rebel1

    Kent 2016

    Shame Monday is off as it is now a couple of weeks before the team assembles again at CP.
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