I’m sure you’re thinking “not another Speedway Star thread” so apologies in advance but I just wanted to share with you my views and to gain yours on this publication.
I must have subscribed to Speedway Star for twenty years or more until about eighteen months ago when I realised that every week I was just flicking through it on the Thursday night, reading no more than a paragraph or two and then not looking at it again until the next issue arrived a week later. If the truth be known, this routine had been going on for a number of years but I could never quite bring myself to actually cancel it. What finally drove me to make the move was the magazines continued inability to have an opinion on anything. The number of times I’d watch a speedway meeting when something controversial would happen and I’d look forward to receiving the S/Star that week to see what they thought about it only to be really disappointed that the report; whilst clinically accurate about the actual events, offered no comment on the rights or wrongs and I found this bitterly disappointing.
Since I decided not to renew my subscription, I now rely solely on club websites and fan forums to keep up with what’s happening. Although I very rarely contribute, I do find the fan forums such as this one entertaining as there’s never a shortage of opinion and it seems mandatory that everyone is criticised no matter how moderate their view. I’m not suggesting for a minute that Star should be anything like the forum, but the constant vanilla view and lack of opinion really sapped my enthusiasm for a publication that would cost me over £100 a year to subscribe to.
With the current issues around the Elite League with Coventry, Peterborough and the BSPA, I just wondered how the Star editorial team were handling this. Are they daring to offer an opinion? Are they towing the party line with the BSPA?
The obvious answer, which I’m sure someone will suggest, is for me to go out and buy myself a copy and see for myself but this is proving increasingly difficult in the close season and this is something else that I find really difficult to equate. When I decided not to renew, I had the standard reminder from Pinegen about 4 issues before my subscription was due to expire and then absolutely nothing else since. Bear in mind that I’d been a customer of theirs for 20 years or more and they relied solely on a single invoice to retain my business and made no effort to win it back when I didn’t renew. If they had sent me another reminder two weeks after the subscription had expired, a letter or a phone call asking why I’d left or maybe even an incentive offered sometime after it was clear I wasn’t going to renew such as 13 months for the price or 12 that would probably have been enough for me to renew, but I haven’t heard a word from them. For a niche magazine with what I assume is a modest circulation, I find this unbelievable but maybe it’s indicative of the attitude that seems to pervade the whole sport these days, we’re here if you want to make the effort to find us but if not then do something else with your money.
Anyway, rant over. I would however like your views on the current editorial content of the Star as you never know, I may start subscribing again ………… Any replies most welcome.