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  1. Byker Biker

    Workington 2019

    Except the lease may require cross guarantees to a holding company or personal guarantees from Directors, we're talking Laura here and whilst she has had cash flow problems she always gets settled up. She would have her whole future to lose if it went wrong but it is unlikely her trustees will allow that sort of commitment and she doesn't shirk her responsibilities.
  2. Byker Biker

    AGM November 2018

    British promoters pioneered it! The Poles are working with Marcel Gerhardt so the project isn't dead yet.
  3. Byker Biker

    Workington 2019

    Because they are prepared to enter into a 50+ year lease and have no conscience if they go skint after 10 years.
  4. Byker Biker

    AGM November 2018

    There is an obvious solution to this bit it would just be facetious. Realistically British Speedway ought bite the bullet now whilst the European leagues carry on until their sponsorship, civic grants, sports association funding, tv rights and intellectual property rights dry up. Poland is already working behind the scenes on standardised equipment and hopefully they'll make a better fist of it than the BSPA. At one time this country was working on the development of rev limiters that would only have reduced the hammer on the engines at the starts, some riders refused to test them in after meeting rides and some promoters had no belief in them whatsoever. The guys who were developing them got binned by the BSPA who 2 years later threw six figure sums to launch the Gerhardt project! Rev limiters would have cost about £180 a bike less for some depending on the ignition system already in use, £40,000 would have got every rider 2 each instead of hundreds of thousands on new engines at £4500 + vat. The BSPA could have committed itself to a development budget of less than £20k and an ongoing subsidy for 2 years of 50% of the cost of replacements for existing and new riders. The argument "why should the UK be different" has been used against carburetors, tyres, silencers and upright engines over the years so we have the same equipment as the rest of the world with significantly (in most cases) less revenue to support it's introduction and maintenance. A bit like the Concorde, magnificent engineering and technology but a revolutionary disaster.
  5. Byker Biker

    Workington 2019

    They're racing on a Friday ???
  6. Byker Biker

    Panthers up for sale.

    I think you will find that in typical journalistic style they answered the questions they were asked and with editing/sub editing the copy is presented as if it was an open conversation, not unusual.
  7. Byker Biker

    Panthers up for sale.

    Eh??? Sorry but you've got the wrong impression from the speculation and rumour on here, the pattern is in his acquisition of Leicester from David Hemsley and subsequent transactions that put the Bates family in. Securing Peterborough opens up more options for Speedway and then licencing out the rights or putting a Co-Promoter in to run it keeps the venue operating. If indeed it is Keith, just because he hasn't been wholly successful as Chairman doesn't mean he makes all the wrong decisions. Let's be honest when everybody was burying Alex Harkess and his Management Committee they all wanted Keith and or Rob to run the sport. They got what they wished for in a horrible political climate and now the BSPA could do no worse than pull together all of the commentators who contributed to today's Speedway Star articles, lock them in a room and not let them out until the job is sorted. One thing that is absolutely clear from today's issue is that all the problems are known but there is still passion and enthusiasm from all those people. If we can send rockets to the moon and make all this communication from three little oblong holes on the wall those guys can eventually fix the sport, it can't be beyond the wit of man, can it?
  8. Byker Biker

    lakeside 2019

    In house debts; riders wages at BSPA rate, SCB fees, BSPA fees, loan fees, insurance, monies owed to other clubs, fines that's about it.
  9. Byker Biker

    lakeside 2019

    Yes if they race on an ACU licence because they cannot race for another Federation without start permission form their own governing body under FIM rules. There is lots of misinformation on various threads at the moment where posters are looking at a short term loopholes, this really isn't the basis for taking the job forward it's not practical or ethical and whilst it may serve the needs of a minority it sure ain't gonna fix the sport. After all it's short termism that got the sport where it is now.
  10. Byker Biker

    Workington 2019

    He'll be nursing his hangover today
  11. Byker Biker

    lakeside 2019

    Correct as did Sheffield but they were still under the auspices of the ACU with SCB approval
  12. Byker Biker

    lakeside 2019

    Absolutely correct, the ACU is the legally constituted body to control and regulate all off road motorcycle sport in the UK that way competitors, motorcycle clubs and event organisers are protected by the Off Road Motor Sport Legislation. The ACU are allowed to delegate some of that responsibility by contractual agreement, constitution and by establishing a compliant regulatory body hence the SCB.
  13. Byker Biker

    Scunthorpe 2019

    That is about a half to a third of some clubs losses and it is indicative, it will be more for some clubs. 12 points plus 1 bonus point taken out of league meetings will be £16,000 ish add KO Cup, Trophy and challenge matches it's nearer £20,000 then depending on vans, flights, mechanics, sign on fees, tyres etc etc it could be as much as £30k. If clubs can head for a break even then you can live in hope as far as entrance fees are concerned but one things for sure unless they can wipe those sort of numbers off their costs this crisis ain't going away anytime soon. Face reality, you are not going to get real value for money until the sport turns, the best they can do now is try to halt or slow down the slide before every club folds. At the moment they are struggling to survive, the losses just have to be reduced or eliminated and right now the majority of Promoters have not a lot to lose by walking away.
  14. Byker Biker

    Scunthorpe 2019

    Dropping it to 13 heats with 6 man teams will save each club around £22500 cold, some a little more depending on how much they spoil their riders now. 6 man teams only save the cost of that rider not his points as they will be paid to someone else if it's still 15 heats. Somebody told me that this proposal was put to an AGM 5 or 6 years ago for the then PL and 2 clubs got up and walked out and the others couldn't/wouldn't agree. It's somewhat ironic that it is needed now particularly as 9 of those clubs have changed ownership and or league. Only Ipswich, Edinburgh, Scunny and to a degree Newcastle have remained intact (Newcastle have had a Co-Promoter come and go). It's no good pizzing around now it needs to be driven to the bottom costwise and then the focus can be on building the attendances but all the time Promoters are bleeding out of the bottom they're never gonna agree a rational strategy for recovery, if they do they sure as hell won't stick to it!
  15. Byker Biker

    Panthers up for sale.

    Can I ask why you have a picture of Roy Clarke as your avatar?
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