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gustix last won the day on January 2 2017

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  1. gustix

    Best ever Spanish rider

    ...but Marshall Pugh was NOT Spanish. As previously mentioned in this thread, his parents were British.
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    Scottie Michie - Man Of Mystery 1930s

    There are several excellent references to Scott Michie in other BSF threads in regard to pioneer riders but this Link provides IMO a more comprehensive version of his speedway racing career: http://www.national-speedway-museum.co.uk/scottmichie.html
  3. gustix

    John Mills

    I have just received a PM from dawnyc requesting more information - if known - in regard to John Mills. The best I could offer her was the Link to this thread, but further comments in regard to John Mills, if made in this thread, will I am sure be appreciated by Dawn.
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    The first Pole to race in Britain

    Apart from Max Rech in the 1952 and 1953 seasons, mainly with St Austell, this is the first instance of other Polish riders in a team match. April 15, 1957, challenge, Wimbledon 73 Poland 34. The Poles were Adolf Slabon and Edward Kupczynski: Heat 1) Briggs, Brine, Slabon, Kupczynski (Fell)
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    World Speedway Riders' Association

    Nothing sinister TWK! Some of the information on the present WSRA website is being transferred to the SPEEDWAY MUSEUM ONLINE website. Then, as Bert Harkins has already commented, a new WSRA website should be online early in the New Year. This, I understand, will carry more information in regard to WSRA happenings rather than also carrying items of general interest as the present - now taken down website - has previously done.
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    Pie 'n' Mash & Prefabs

    This is a Link to some of the speedway books published in recent years. Many of them are still available to buy and details in regard to this are carried with the review of the book. http://www.national-speedway-museum.co.uk/book-index.html
  7. gustix

    The first Pole to race in Britain

    Here's a flashback to New Cross in 1959: Mike Polukard and Florian Kapala in the Rangers' colours. And many thanks indeed for the update chunky.
  8. gustix

    The first Pole to race in Britain

    In 1959, briefly for New Cross - Mike Polukard and Florian Kapala.
  9. gustix

    The first Pole to race in Britain

    I have memories of Marian Kaiser winning an international meeting at Oldenburg, Germany, in 1956. The two English starters were Tommy Sweetman and George Bason. Tommy finished among the top scorers but George was handicapped throughout the meeting by a wrist injury, sustained earlier in the day at the compulsory practice.
  10. gustix

    Best ever Spanish rider

    I think the rider you refer to was Marshall Pugh? Actually he was English but living in Majorca when Ian Hoskins and Reg Buckhurst tried to promote speedway in that part of Spain. Apart from Luckhurst and Pugh, the other riders were Spanish. My recollections of the venture are rather hazy but I seem to recall that the native Spanish riders bikes were fitted with 250cc engines - but not positive. There were two other British-orientated efforts to promote speedway in Spain - racing on tracks laid in bull rings. Both ventures in 1950 and 1953 were organised by the former Tamworth and Plymouth rider Ted Gibson. No Spanish riders were involved in these meetings - Gibson used British riders for both tours.
  11. gustix

    Best ever Spanish rider

    This item re John Hayles and speedway racing in Spain in the late 1940s-ealy 1950s appears on the Hastings Speedway website. I have no update on the information which was made on site several years ago: John Hayles left the team in late 1948. By his own admission he was not a lot of good on the rectangular track, mostly second string and reserve. He accepted a contract to race for Estadio Metrapolitano, Madrid in 1949/50, where he did rather better, but ended up with a broken left kneecap after a spill which finished his racing career. I am very happy to report that John is still fit and well, in his mid-80's and has lived the last 25 years or so in Spain.
  12. gustix

    Best ever Spanish rider

    This clipping is from the early 1930s and shows Spanish riders having a joke when they competed at West Ham and Wembley.
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    Best ever Spanish rider

    Early 1930s mention of Spanish speedway riders: http://www.internationalspeedway.co.uk/spainveng.htm
  14. gustix

    Best ever Spanish rider

    Since the mid-1950s, there has only been one known - at least to me!! - Spanish speedway rider. He was Aberto Sirvan who did most of his racing in France in meetings promoted by Victor Boston. In speedway's early years from 1928 until about 1933, there was activity in Spain and a group of Spanish riders also raced at West Ham and Wembley at this time. Another major effort to stage speedway in Madrid took place in the late 1940s. The small image shows Alberto Sirvan active in the mid-1950s.
  15. Max Rech, in the early 1950s, was the first Polish rider to race for a British club. http://www.national-speedway-museum.co.uk/maxrech.html

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