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  1. gustix

    California Reunion 2019

    The Fourteenth California-in-England Reunion Friends of Speedway are pleased to announce the date of the above reunion to be held on 13th October 2019 at the Country Park where the speedway took place. There is an hourly bus service, number 3B from either Reading or Bracknell Railway stations which stops at the park entrance. All are welcome to attend and please bring any memorabilia that you may have to share with others in attendance. Details from Stu Towner on 0208-397 6599 or 07860 135939 or stutowner@rocketmail.com
  2. Iwade Speedway Limited wish to announce that 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of Speedway at Iwade! The club intends to make this a special two-day event. The celebrations start with a ladies practise day on 11th July (provisional) followed by an evening soiree at Central Park, the home of the Kent Kings. The following day (sore heads permitting) will be the Ivor Thomas Memorial Meeting at the Iwade track. There will also be a commemorative book available to mark this historic event.
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    Hackney Memories

    Recollections of the renowned East London track: http://www.defunctspeedway.co.uk/Hackney.htm
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    Wembley Memories

    In its hey day Wembley was the pinnacle team of British speedway. At individual level the club had three world champions in Lionel Van Praag, Tommy Price and Fred Williams. As a team there was a period when they dominated the National League, National Trophy and London Cup competitions. Here is an interesting Link in regard to the club: http://www.national-speedway-museum.co.uk/wembley index.html
  5. It has always been a surprise to me that sidecar racing has never made a bigger impact on the British speedway scene. A basic reason is obviously a lack of tracks suitable for the class. My main memories of sidecars trying to make an inroad on the British speedway scene are the latest 1950s when then Belle Vue supremo Johnnie Hoskins gave them exitensive bookings on the much-loved old Hyde Road track. Nowadays there is a sidecar speedway championship but even that overall attracts little publicity. And with the use of that word 'publicity' I pose the question: what SPEEDWAY sidecar racing is planned for the 2019 season?
  6. I only saw the 1961 championship which was won by Reg Reeves. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provincial_League_Riders'_Championship
  7. On Sunday, February 17, 2019, CELEBRATION OF SPEEDWAY Will take place at Paradise Wildlife Park, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Herts. EN10 7QA. There is a donation required of £10 and this includes entry to the wildlife park and speedway museum. Entertainment includes a BBQ, Bar, Collectors’ Fayre and every hour on the hour enjoy the sound and smell of speedway history when they start up the old machines. Contact - Mariana Flemming Tel: 01992 470490 ext 216 E-mail: wsra-speedway@outlook.com
  8. gustix

    Original German tracks

    This query is slightly aside from the extremely interesting topic currently under debate in regard to Lokstedt. Apart from the designated venue in that thread, what other tracks were there in Germany in the late 1920s early 1930s era?
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    1951 SA Tour of Europe

    Sadly, the sort of response I might expect from you. Indeed I did query the same issue on a thread elsewhere - not all users there may also enter YEARS GONE BY. I regard the Brian Collins website as being one of the most informative dedicated to the sport's international history which was why I decided to Post my query on several BSF threads. But let's smile about my apparent misdemeanour - it enabled you to YET AGAIN criticise me.
  10. Thank you more that clarification. I have a similar question on Years Gone By which will doubtless receive the same response. Again my thanks.
  11. For many years the International Speedway website has been a favourite of mine. However, can any member advise if updates are still being made? I cannot appear to find any problems with the website but in various Posts I have read elsewhere that the website is 'frozen' - whatever that means! The Link to me appears that it is very much 'business as usual'. I sincerely hope that all is well with the website. http://www.internationalspeedway.co.uk/links.htm
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    1951 SA Tour of Europe

    I have a query in regard to the underlined comment that the website is frozen. I have just visited there and it appears - to me at least - that it is 'business as usual'. Do other visitors find there is a contrary happening to my own finding? http://www.internationalspeedway.co.uk/links.htm
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    London History Site

    I made the comment in jest - very wrongly as it now transpires - because I presumed my calculations for the overall totals were correct. I have no idea how I managed to miss out the complete details from my overall totals. The tenure of your previous comment also suggested that bad calculation was not a happening on my part when as it happens such was the case - sheer carelessness by me. I am especially offended by the remark in regard to my eyesight. Perhaps the staff at Moorfield will be interested in your diagnosis for me? I have been attending this much respected hospital for more than two years. A basic guide in regard to a response to my forum comment which you apparently disagree with is "...criticise the Post and NOT THE POSTER..."
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    London History Site

    You really detest me don't you? I can accept that I made an error - I wrongly calculated on three matches. I now see each team had FOUR scores to take into consideration. Your response could have been to correct me in a polite manner - you chose otherwise Sobeit!
  15. gustix

    1951 SA Tour of Europe

    Your OP is magnificent brimet in regard to the 1951 tour of Europe by a South African team. Here's a Link to a far more modest commentary regarding the tour: http://www.national-speedway-museum.co.uk/secretsouthafricantour.html
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    London History Site

    Knowing my bad luck on the BSF I have probably got this wrong as well, but I make the team aggregates as: West Ham 95Lea Bridge 72High Beech 64
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    London History Site

    Does any member have more data on the Essex Cup please? It is new name in competitions to me. Thank you.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    I unreservedly apologise to everyone who has been following the item which I posted in regard to Wimbledon teams from 1929 onwards. As emphasised by chunky and iris123 I got matters very wrong - there is absolutely no doubt about that. On further study through this thread and comments made in regard to other Posts that I have made regarding Wimbledon I realise that my knowledge of the club over the years is to put it mildly dubious. Unfortunately, where items that I have referred to have had continual errors brought to attention, my attempts at correction have compounded my initial mistakes. My efforts to address these had a reverse effect - I expanded my initial mistake. In order that the thread can resume on a more factual basis I will cease making any offerings about the club. Again, my apologies to everyone for the ongoing wrong information I have placed - especially in regard to riders activities in the 1929 season.
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    Wimbledon Memories

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    Wimbledon Memories

    Please note. There is an amendment in the first Post relative to the composition of the 1929 team. . .
  21. gustix

    Wimbledon Memories

    Are you suggesting then that I revert to the Posting detailing the 1929 team and make corrections there! In a Post that was compiled as such by the late Bryan Tungate based it appears on data originally provided by the much respected historian and speedway author norbold? More of interest, as you seemingly know so much in regard to the 1929 Wimbledon team why don't you provide a detailed list of their riders for that season. Based on all the amendments you suggest be made it would appear you have such data to hand,
  22. gustix

    Wimbledon Memories

    Don't shoot the messenger!! The team details as I have previously specified were collated by the late Bryan Tungate who passed away some years ago. By all means point out any likely errors, then if needed - as seems likely in this case - corrections can be made. Debate in a rational collective way not personalise everything.
  23. gustix

    Wimbledon Memories

    Good work guys! So far as checking how the originator of the team lists obtained his facts is impossible! It was not myself but the late Bryan Tungate who sadly passed away some years ago. The other recipient was norbold but again I have no idea where he obtained his information either. As I see matters, the 1929 item does not specify that all riders listed raced in Southern League matches. More that the club were then members of the Southern League and that the riders detailed were associated with Wimbledon.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Here's a previous message from a much respected speedway historian norbold in regard to the 1929 Wimbledon team: norbold 1,531 Posted August 27, 2009 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. :::: Cort, Foster and Spencer also appeared for Harringay.

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