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  1. Stoke Potter

    Rob Godfrey interview in Speedway Star

    So the learned Mr Godfrey said: "We can let even them in for free..." (Not sure if he actually said that or it's a typo in the Star) ".......................But they don't come back the next week." So the obvious conclusion is people do not want to buy the product you are offering. Ask yourself why. Speedway has an image problem and a reality problem. The image is that first out of the start usually wins, most races have very little passing and for the most part nothing of note actually happens during a race. The reality is that first out of the start usually wins, most races have very little passing and for the most part nothing of note actually happens during a race. Once you fix the reality, you will have started the process of fixing the image but it won't happen overnight. You fix the reality by fixing the tracks. Comparisons with F1 are utterly spurious - an annual event in each country with millions of pounds invested by global corporations.
  2. This is all about context - this is a good race because of what depended on it, England winning an international. A race like this, a good chase and 1 pass, should be pretty much a minmum for most heats at all tracks. It's not, and that's mainly (but not exclusively) because the tracks are no good. This is nothing compared to the classic at the NSS last year.
  3. Stoke Potter

    Unfair advantage - starting gates

    Sorry I'm not sure as I never actually went to Sun Street, it was before my time! The site became a Garage/Car Sales business and I think still does car repairs to this day. Not sure if you can get any clues from what you remember here: https://www.search.staffspasttrack.org.uk/details.aspx?ResourceID=35846&ExhibitionID=35849&SearchType=2&ThemeID=768 Not sure if the Greyhound track is higher than the Speedway Circuit??
  4. Stoke Potter

    Unfair advantage - starting gates

    That was Stoke Sun Street and it is long gone.
  5. Stoke Potter

    Unfair advantage - starting gates

    I've long thought this is something that should happen but the distance that gate 4 is in front of gate 1 should be unique to each track. I think 2 feet forward at most tracks would be way too much. All starts should be made to be as even as possible, there are enough boring races in Speedway without the starts giving advantages to certain gate positions.
  6. Stoke Potter

    Riders Who Never Made It?

    Clarke rode for Stoke for a time, claimed he'd hit a 10 average and in reality struggled to get much past 5.00. Seem to recall he had a flawed style with a habit of locking the bike up mid-bend on a wide line and virtually stopping.
  7. Stoke Potter

    Riders Who Never Made It?

    Some interesting names appearing on here. I suppose it depends on the definition of made it. My opinion would be if you can hit an 8.00 average in the second division then you've made it. Daz Sumner - Yes. Chris Cobby - No. Mel Taylor, he was a rock solid 10.00 point plus man, how can he not have made it?!!
  8. Stoke Potter

    AGM November 2018

    Weren't Ipswich one of the few that weren't actually for sale?!!
  9. Stoke Potter

    AGM November 2018

    I remember that meeting. I seem to recall Dugard bleating that his career could be over because he got excluded at the start. He jumped the start claiming a piece of the tapes flapping in the wind had put him off!
  10. Stoke Potter

    AGM November 2018

    Thanks Dean. I think most agree that a more manageable engine is required. Hopefully those ideas work and the engine gets adopted. I imagine there are not many tyre manufacturers interested in making one for Speedway especially if the idea would be shift around half the amount Mitas currently sell, i.e. making them last twice as long.
  11. Stoke Potter

    AGM November 2018

    In your opinion is it a genuine solution to the "technical" issues of the sport then? Lower costs, improved control, better racing?? Would anything else need to happen as well to sort the issues?
  12. Stoke Potter

    AGM November 2018

    Is the idea that they will be easier to handle Dean?
  13. Stoke Potter

    AGM November 2018

    Good on you for doing it, that's exactly how most Speedway riders should be in this country. If Speedway was year round that's damn good earnings for what amounts to part-time work, albeit with massive personal risk.
  14. Stoke Potter

    AGM November 2018

    You didn't answer how many days work to get that 8 grand!
  15. Stoke Potter

    AGM November 2018

    Yes there have. Crowds have been crap for years - Sky money has been bailing the sport out. Most races at most tracks are over by the back straight, if not the first bend. There is next to no racing - the reason for this is that most tracks are not conducive to proper racing/passing due to their size, shape, preparation, etc. In short, it's boring that's why nobody goes.
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