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  1. HertsRacer

    2020 teams

    Thought I read years ago that one of the conditions of the grants received to help build Northside was that professional racing was not allowed. Has that changed or was I just imagining it?
  2. HertsRacer

    The first race you saw

    1st August 1961, Parents (both former Wembley and Harringay supporters) took me while on holiday to an East Anglican League match between Yarmouth and Norwich 'B'. Heat 1 won by Roy Trigg (Y) followed by Clive Featherby (N), Peter Atkins (N), and Johnny Fitzpatrick (Y). The Bloaters won 39-37 after both Norwich riders failed to finish in the last heat. Been hooked ever since.
  3. HertsRacer

    Spencer Morton Norwich stock cars 1954

    Definitely Wal Morton.
  4. HertsRacer

    Who remembers Ernie Hancock?

    Remember him being involved with Rye House. Think there was an individual trophy named after him which was raced for. I remember him being smallish in statue, with black hair and black framed glasses. I may be wrong, but I think he died a lot longer than ten years ago.
  5. HertsRacer

    Brandon Update

    Always thought it was the local council rather than developers who wanted the land for redevelopment, and refused to extend the lease.
  6. HertsRacer

    TV new deal?

    You are quite right in that Quest and Quest Red are both owned by Discovery Inc. Although I can't find any record of Quest Red ever showing sport, Quest have shown Superbikes, MotoGP, Formula E, Le Mans, Darts, Snooker, Football etc either live or highlights. Always thought Eurosport was available on Freeview, but as I don't use it I may be wrong. Certainly Quest is available on Virgin, not sure about Quest Red.
  7. HertsRacer

    TV new deal?

    Not quite. Eurosport is owned by US media company Discovery Inc. The Discovery Channel is their major American channel. Eurosport is their worldwide sports outlet.
  8. HertsRacer

    Joe Neath

    Steve Many thanks for that. I've managed to find the 1955 article (and others) through the British Newspaper Archives. Seems he was a grass tracker before he tried speedway. Once again thanks for all your efforts, very much appreciated.
  9. HertsRacer

    Joe Neath

    Many thanks Steve, some great stuff there. I can only find him riding speedway in early 1960, so he may well have just flirted with the sport and moved on. The fact he appeared at Coventry and Hednesford would suggest he may have been part of the Leicestershire branch of our family.
  10. HertsRacer

    Joe Neath

    With so many amazingly knowledgeable people on this site, I wonder if anybody could help me with any information about a rider called Joe Neath who rode in three open meetings at Rye House in 1960 as well as representing Rayleigh in a 4 team tournament. It's an unusual surname, but one we share, and I would like to find out if we were related in any way. The only other rider I know of with this surname was Chris Neath, who I'm not directly related with.
  11. HertsRacer

    Tracks around football pitches

    The tracks of a couple of Scottish non-league teams. Cowdenbeath and Newtongrange were both around football pitches.
  12. HertsRacer

    One League - Matt Ford

    Although entertainment tax killed many tracks, attendances were already falling after the post war boom. You are right about the number of venues available at the time, many of which have now been demolished. Looking at pictures of some of these venues, which were right next to houses, they would never have got planning permission these days.
  13. HertsRacer

    One League - Matt Ford

    Indeed. For whatever reason speedway was not classified as a sport but as an entertainment which had a much higher rate of tax.
  14. HertsRacer

    One League - Matt Ford

    Problem is there is no atmosphere at live speedway these days, so you don't miss anything by watching it on TV. I watch ice hockey on TV and it is a bit dull, but go to a live match the atmosphere is electric with plenty of away supporters and lots of banter. I would always rather pay to watch a game live than watch it on TV.
  15. HertsRacer

    Tracks around football pitches

    Always thought the racing at Brooklands was good. Thinking back Wembley was ok, as was White City. Also went to Rochdale which was around a rugby pitch, though I can't remember what the racing was like, and Nelson which had a football pitch, the track being narrow and virtually square in shape. That was awful.

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