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  1. gustix

    Len Read RIP

    Forwarded message: ‎Tony Hurren‎ to WSRA World Speedway Riders Association I have just taken a telephone call from Pamela Maureen Hedge informing me that former Norwich, Plymouth and Liverpool rider, Lenny Read, passed away today after a short illness at the age of 102. He was a life member of the World Speedway Riders' Association. Lenny rode briefly for Norwich immediately after World War II but a bad injury ended his career with The Stars. He switched to Plymouth in the National League Division 3 in 1948 where he scored 344 points and increased this to 427 points the following season. In 1950 Plymouth rode in the NL Division 2, but Lenny's good form continued with 218 points. Plymouth didn't open for the 1951 season so Lenny joined Liverpool in the NL Division 2 and he was still good enough to notch up 211 points. He again rode for Liverpool in 1952. but suffered an injury early in the season that ended his career. Lenny was a remarkable man who could talk articulately about every aspect of his speedway career, his wartime experiences and how he handled life after his speedway career ended. He is featured in Karl Fiala's Where Are They Now series and I'm sure Karl, when he reads this, will post it on this site as a tribute to Lenny. Until the last two years Lenny was a regular at the Norwich Speedway reunion lunches. To illustrate what the man was like, last year, he booked a ticket for the lunch but was unable to make it. He insisted on sending his ticket money to Pamela to boost the fund. The photograph shows Lenny with the legendary five times World Speedway Champion Ove Fundin at the 2017 Norwich lunch. It was an occasion when presentations were made to Lenny in the run-up to his 100th birthday on January 8th, 2018.
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    R.i.p. Tom Farndon

    Well said brianbuck. It illustrates to a large extent my thinking in regard to long past speedway riders.Now who said "Wal Morton"??
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    R.i.p. Tom Farndon

    I once read - in the 'Daily Mail' weekly medical section - that a memory time span is estimated to be over the previous 20 years. There were comments both in favour and anti the theory. But if it is correct, a good memory of a previous time would only be onwards circa 2000. No Tom Farndon - or Ove Fundin!!! - fitting into that time frame.
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    R.i.p. Tom Farndon

    I was in a group of five 'sarf' London early teenage lads who visited New Cross and saw several of these annual Tom Farndon Memorial meetings. I don't actually recall any debate among us as to who Tom Farndon was. Mainly we would discuss the meeting's competing riders and which of them had a chance of victory. To us the rider the meeting was designed to honour meant very little.
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    R.i.p. Tom Farndon

    You tell me! You asked if there was a book on Cyril Roger and I resided. I also pointed out there were not so far as I kew books on other New Cross greats (two world champions) Jack Milne and Lionel Van Praag. Conversely, I don't think having a book written about a rider elevates him in any way to a status of greatness. As an immediate post-war New Cross supporter I don't recall much mention of Tom Farndon and he only seemingly came into the limelight for the brief period when an annual memorial meeting was held. I would emphasise also that I personally respect his memory but not to the realms of adulation.
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    R.i.p. Tom Farndon

    Not so far as I know re a book about Cyril Roger. But there are no books either so far as I can trace on other New Cross greats like Lionel Van Praag and Jack Milne.
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    R.i.p. Tom Farndon

    Whoops! Poor spellcheck on my part. Should be rider and not ridder! But no contradiction on my part in regard to Cyril Roger.
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    R.i.p. Tom Farndon

    Apart from when I was away from London because of National Service (1951 and 1952), I was a regular to New Cross until their closure in June 1953. I cannot recall very much debate among other supporters in regard to Tom Farndon. In the latter days of New Cross in 1953 the 'ridder of the moment' was probably Cyril Roger.
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    R.i.p. Tom Farndon

    A passing though! I wonder how many present day speedway supporters know who - or sadly care - who Tom Farndon was?
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    Speedway Museum

    Speedway Museums The thread title should be plural not singular. No point in pointing out to Mod/Mods - they don't appear to be active these days.
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    Online Museum Website

    I'll ignore the fact that in old-time phrasing 'Germany Calling' and place further comment by the Speedway Museum Online moderator. She writes: "I used to have items about the National Museum but it has always been my site and I started it because I became interested in the early days, did some reading and research and thought it a shame not to pass it on. "Some appreciate it, some don't. Does not matter to me. I have just passed on things I have learned or researched. The reader can take it or leave it. "Now the WSRA site was different. I was asked by the committee to set that up as I was, at the time, running a couple of dog related sites. When the WSRA decided to try and set up a museum and George Barclay began fund raising he would write a monthly progress report. "I would publish it on the WSRA site and then I reported on any events at the museum and had pictures on the WSRA site. "The story goes on but I don't expect you need any more. By the way the only payment I had for the WSRA site was two tickets to the annual dinner. I paid for the site name and the hosting, so I guess that site was mine as well."
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    Online Museum Website

    THE Moderator of the website has provided this information in regards to its background. She clarifies that it is in no way- as many posters on here surmise - an official website. The Moderator emphasises it is a venture she started because of her interest is speedway’s history. And she draws attention to this this as it appears to be the presumption of its many detractors on the BSF to be an officially supported forum. The weskit’s moderator writes: (1) I can't remember when I started it but it must have been about six or so years ago, (2) I have always been the webmaster, and have written a good amount of it although I am always grateful for contributions. (3) It was originally called National Speedway Museum but it was not asked for by the WSRA and not paid for by them. When they stopped giving me information I changed the name to Speedway Museum Online (4) On the website there are requests for help and or corrections. If anyone finds anything they think is wrong then they can advise me. (5) The site never had anything to do with the WSRA It was created because I was interested in presenting items from speedway’s early years. ::: If anyone wishes to contact the website Moderator the Website Link provides these needed details.
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    Online Museum Website

    Apologies! I deleted my comment which you quoted. Fair enough. On reading it again I should have left the original comment. BTW the person currently webmaster did not design it. They took it over when the previous master quit in 2012. In those days a key figure in regard to activities was George Barclay and the possibility - no more than that - is he MAY have been involved in the original website creation, possibly with help from Terry Stone and Bert Harkins.
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    Online Museum Website

    A well known technique in journalism iris123. It's done to revive thought and hope for new debate and comment in regard to an ongoing theme.
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    Online Museum Website

    iris123 there's a saying in darts about scoring a bull's eye. Your 'irritable´ response indicates I may have done just that!!!
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    Online Museum Website

    A point many detractors with iris123 to the forefront appear to be missing in regard to the Speedway Museum Online website. IT IS NOT linked in anyway to the Speedway Museum at Broxbourne or the WSRA. They have their own website. The Speedway Museum Onlin in its present standing is operated by one moderator. It makes no pretrnce or posturing towards 'official recognition.' Nor as I understand it does it seek such recognition. The Speedway Museum Online originally had links with both the Museum at Broxbourne and the WSRA but these ended about three years ago. As it now stands it is the effort and input of one person. Basically "a hobby forum". That factor should be borne in mind when criticism and in (rare cases!!) praise is offered to its items.
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    Online Museum Website

    iris123 = It might be an idea if instead of 'highlighting the faults' of the Oline Museum on the BSF if you passed on "...your expertise..." to the Online Museum. It has sections for visitors to comment - you don't have to register - and I am sure its Moderator ill be 'delighted' to read, study and take note of your valued (!!!!) opinion? http://www.speedwaymuseumonline.co.uk/welcome.html
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    Vic White

    Hmm! Nice photos but when were they taken? I presume at the most recent WSRA gathering in late 20!9?
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    Vic White

    Does anyone have an update in regard to former rider and promoter Vic White please? These are the last updates in regard to him that I can find but are some years old. Thank you for any information. http://www.speedwaymuseumonline.co.uk/vic white.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic_White
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    Online Museum Website

    ...and how do they collect these fees if as I presume a payment method has been discontinued?
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    Online Museum Website

    Why is that?
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    Online Museum Website

    It does not appear to have been mentioned so far on the BSF!
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    Online Museum Website

    A simple solution. Don't visit it! Anyway, that appears to be the self-designated task of our "Hamburg based friend' iris123!
  24. Links of interest in regard to Cycle Speedway: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/cyclespeedway http://www.speedwaymuseumonline.co.uk/cycle speedway.html https://www.facebook.com/3318news/
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