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    Forgotten Europeans...

    Does anyone remember Otto Holoubek from Austria and his brief flirtation with Ipswich in the mid 1950s?
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    Wimbledon Memories

    My most outstanding memory about a Wimbledon team was at New Cross in 1949. The feature was an immaculate 18 point maximum by their Canadian rider Jimmy Gibb in a London Cup match. Despite his performance New Cross won the match.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    A happening with Wimbledon which convinced me loyalty means little in speedway was the treatment of Jim Tebby. He spent some 12 seasons with the club circa the 1960s into the early 1970s. Then the club on the face of it 'dumped him' to make way for a newcomer to their side. It may be an unlikely happening but does any follower of this thread have any background information into what, at least as I see it but others will have a different view, as to what the 'disgraceful Tebby sacking' was all about?
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Can you clarify what the initials BFTF define please?
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    Wimbledon Memories

    In 1954 two members of the Wimbledon track staff (the rakers) were novice speedway riders. They were Dave Freeborn and Al Holliday. Freeborn rode mainly at Eastbourne and Aldershot. Holliday rode at the old California-in-England and Rayleigh. Does any forum member know of any other Plough Lane rakers who also tried out as riders?
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Not for many more years the way things are going. Enjoy it while it is still there. As previously mentioned by me the last time I went to speedway was in 2005. My comment qualifies for this thread because it was a Wimbledon meeting.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Why not try. The Mods may like it! The actual BSF section for this would probably be General Discussions
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    Celebration of Speedway 2019

    Forwarded message: Celebration of Speedway 2019 by Bert Harkins “Sunday 17th February and for Speedway fans, all roads will lead to Paradise Wildlife Park for the annual pre-season, Celebration of Speedway. What better way to start the season than to mingle with like-minded people, meet visiting riders and hear the sound of unsilenced Speedway bikes being fired up on the hour, every hour. The WSRA (World Speedway Riders’ Association) National Speedway Museum will be open all day with some new exhibits which include Billy’s Hamill’s “streamlined” Kenny Roberts-sponsored Grand Prix GM Speedway bike, Nigel Boocock’s blue leathers, Grand Prix body colours from Jason Doyle, Tai Woffinden, Greg Hancock and Bartoz Smarzlik plus Ivan Mauger, Simon Wigg and Peter Craven displays plus much, much more including the Museum Shop selling books, model riders, bobble hats, etc. Another new exhibit is the famous old red and white Wembley tractor which carried the top three in the World final on its battered bonnet in the days of the one-off World Finals at Wembley’s Empire Stadium. The tractor has pride of place outside the Speedway Museum where you can have your photo taken pretending that you are the World Champion. The winner of the Speedway Star “Name That Tractor” competition will be announced and the winner will be presented with his prize by Speedway Star journalist, John Chaplin. As you walk around the Museum, it begins with Cycle Speedway, where many young pedal pushers began and then went on to race motorcycle Speedway. Then the High Beech display showing bikes, Rudge & Douglas, and photos from when Dirt Track racing came to this country in February 1928, hence the date (February) where we gather to celebrate that great occasion. The large Wedding Marquee will have the ‘Collectors’ Fayre’ with stands selling books, DVDs, and all sorts of Speedway memorabilia. There will be a stage in the Marquee where presenter, Craig Saul will be interviewing various Speedway visitors and a Grand Raffle. The World Speedway Riders Association will have a table just inside the marquee, so you can join the association on the day (riders and supporters are all welcome) which allows members free entry to Paradise Wildlife Park as often as they like plus the members’ magazine ’ Tapes Up’ which comes out four times per year. The new WSRA President for 2019 will be Swindon Legend, The Red Devil, Mike Broadbank and his old club, Swindon will be running a coach to the event to support their former skipper. Mike will be presented with his Chain of Office on stage in the afternoon. Outside in the car park, there are displays of bikes and some of the old ones will be fired up in the “Pits Area” on the hour, every hour, so listen out for that and get you whiff of the Speedway rider’s After Shave,….Castrol ‘R’! There will also be a vintage Wall of Death Indian Scout motorcycle which we also hope may be fired up on the day. No need to go hungry as there will be a BBQ and bar and there are plenty of food outlets all around the Park. “Safari Sam’s” restaurant will be serving breakfast from early morning onwards. Entry to the Celebration also allows you into the Wildlife Park with Lions (Wembley or Leicester?). Tigers (Glasgow, Sheffield or Mildenhall?) plus Meerkats, Penquins and hundreds of other animals, so all in all, a great day out. Paradise Wildlife Park is easy to find, signposted from Junction 25 of the M25 and for non-drivers, there is a Wildlife Park mini bus service from Broxbourne Railway Station, so come along to the Celebration and have a time,……See You There!” Bert Harkins
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    Wimbledon Memories

    The so-called sharing of memories on this forum are, by and large, just brief snippets. The splendid SpeedwayPlus tends to specialise its memory features on lengthy researched articles and photos.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    I mentioned midget cars in this instance because they made a legitimate appearance at a motorcycle speedway meeting and were booked and paid to turn up by the stadium/speedway management. They were not interlopers and I would be of the opinion they were participating guests. I tend also to have an opinion reflected in New Zealand mainly but also across Australia that sidecars and midget cars are a part of speedway generally. In these countries the section this forum specialises in is what NZ and Australia regard as solos. I regard it as a justified comment in regard to the appearance of he midget cars at this meeting as a recognisable happening. I have not seen any reference as you appear to have regarding "More to the point, why do you think a SPEEDWAY forum is the place to share your memories of motorsports OTHER than speedway?"
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    Wimbledon Memories

    The few speedway memories I have are reserved strictly for the prestige SpeedwayPlus website. I don't recall the debate on midget cars having a trial after a Wimbledon speedway meeting as being a bona fide speedway memory, just originally a recap on something minor that happened in the early 1980s. It has been the subsequent comments that have blown what was only a minor happening out of proportion - spurred to a large extent by your usual attitude!
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    Wimbledon Memories

    The reason I connected the England v USA speedway test match to the midget car demonstration was because the video reminded me of this. During the wait for the midgets to go on track, the stadium announced reliably made reminders about "...next week's England v USA test match..." I was when I saw the Link for test that I recalled the midget car trials. If I had not seen that presumably there would have been no recall vibes in regard to midget cars having a trial run at Plough Lane. It's known as 'association of memories'!
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Going to watch the midget cars follow on at a Wimbledon speedway meeting was relevant. I attended officially as a representative of the 'South London Press' to cover the speedway meeting. I wa also there to officially as an observer for the SLP to give an account of the midget car demonstration and to give an opinion on a potential future link for meetings featuring both speedway bikes and midget cars. Is that relevant enough - the local newspaper wanted a report on the event.
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    London History Site

    Just for London cycle speedway followers, here's a basic list of teams in the capital since the early Post WW2 years: http://londonspeedways.proboards.com/thread/824/london-teams-1946-present
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    Wimbledon Memories

    It was important to me to attend and watch the midget cars because there were hopes that they would give a boost to second half racing at Wimbledon speedway meetings. Note the underline. There was a potential inter-link which sadly never materialised.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    It was important in regard to the midget car demonstration because then stadium manager Jimmy James had hopes they would do well enough to be booked for future second half events at speedway meetings. There was a potential speedway-midget car tie up which sadly IMO never came to fruition.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Relevant because I never saw the test match but did a report on the match! Yet the previous week I had been at Wimbledon when there was speedway but primarily to watch the midget car demonstration.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    The London Speedways did acknowledge Clem Cort at several tracks in 1929. Here's a listing for Wimbledon riders: WIMBLEDON: Hilary Buchanan, Cec Brown, Sid Chambers, Fred Cooper, Clem Cort, Dudley Cox, Les Dearth, Dank Ewen, Del Forster, Bert Gerrish, Jack Kidwell, John Leete, Fred Osborne, Alf Sawford, Mart Seiffert, Eddie Slade-Jones, Stan Spencer, Jimmy Stevens, Alf Summersby, Rube (Sonny) Wilson plus Jim Kempster and Vic Huxley after Star riders were allowed in. NOTE: Cort, Foster and Spencer also appeared for Harringay.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    I never saw this match but was at the track the preceding week when a group of midget cars took part in trial runs and a demonstration race after the main speedway match. TBH they were not very impressive that night but did much better when they appeared at Plough Lane in some Spedeworth Motorsport car meetings.
  20. gustix

    Wimbledon Memories

    That season he started with Harringay who he had joined in 1947, then mid-season 1949 went to Wimbledon. Obviously a 'technical error' on the forum. From what I understand these team lists were the work the late Bryan Tungate from Norwich - he had a member name for the BSF which offhand I forget. Sadly there is no way to crosscheck with him. I suggest you refer any errors to the forum who might make needed corrections.
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    The Good Old Days

    A selection of articles by leading speedway historian John Chaplin. http://www.speedwaymuseumonline.co.uk/the-good-old-days.html
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Keyboard error originally! two letters next to each other! Correction made to original post. I wonder why as I read the follow up comment I thought of USA Nascar racing's Richard PETTY? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Petty
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    Wimbledon Memories

    The London Speedways forum for 1949 includes Mick Picquet as a Wimbledon rider: http://londonspeedways.proboards.com/thread/273/1949-team-riders
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Thanks foamfence. That fits Mick Piquet in neatly with Rayleigh. I wonder what his Wimbledon involvement was - if in fact there was any.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Does any Wimbledon supporter remember Mick Piquet who had a few Plough Lane outings in the late 1940s-early 1950s period? I have a hazy recollection that he may have been a graduate from cycle speedway.
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