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  1. Gerhard Engine

    Seems to me that: 1. The modern, highly tuned engines cannot cope with a grippy track, and tracks have become increasingly slick for that reason. 2. Grippy tracks generally lead to faster heat times than slick tracks. If we accept these observations, it seems to me that, if tracks were consistently prepared with more grip, the need for a highly tuned engine would be negated, without sacrificing speed. I think for too long track conditions have been prepared to suit the machine, whereas it should be the other way round.
  2. During the Frost years the blade came out during the interval almost every week to scrape the loose dirt from the outside to mid track, after which the whole track was graded. Didn't seem to cause much reaction then!
  3. I had thought that the present scoring system, which favours the away team, offsetting any home track advantage would have removed the need for tactical subs / rides. I agree that it is time for them to go, although it won't stop me from attending meetings.
  4. Don't think anyone would argue that being fit was anything but a good thing. It's just that the modern, professional, sanitised version of Speedway is less appealing to the average spectator than the unsilenced, smelly version of the sport which existed in the 60s and 70s. The fitness regime is just one symptom of the professionalism which has reduced the appeal of the sport in my opinion.
  5. As I see it, riders and promotions take things far too seriously these days, and, as a consequence much of the fun has gone out of speedway. A few years ago, riders seemed to take part because they enjoyed it, and, apart from the top riders payment was a bonus to supplement their income. The fitness thing is, I feel down to the need to maximise earnings rather than to enjoy what they are doing. It's all about money now, and, although the racing is probably as good as it ever was, the "fun" atmosphere which predominated in the 60s, 70s and 80s is now in short supply.
  6. So if I understand this, the season ticket concessionary rate for new customers is limited to students and not available to over 65s? Is that right?
  7. Speedway Agm

    Will be interesting if both teams try to lose in the playoffs!
  8. British Speedway As A Brand....

    Tell me about it! Mind you, the smell used to be accompanied by a smoke haze and you rarely see that today. Perhaps the engines are just "cleaner" now.
  9. British Speedway As A Brand....

    Yes, of course it does. My apologies. However, the smell is nowhere near as prominent as it used to be. Perhaps it's down to closer engine tolerances or synthetic oils?
  10. British Speedway As A Brand....

    If you think it's loud, dirty and smelly now, you clearly were not a fan in the '60s or '70s - that is before silencers were introduced and total loss oil systems meant each race was accompanied with the wonderful smell of burnt Castrol R. Yes, I know we can't go back to those times (before anybody tells me!) but I think you would be surprised as to how much the noise and the smell added to the experience at that time. Sanitisation of the sport has considerably reduced its appeal in my opinion.
  11. Can't help thinking they would have been more accommodating if their play off place depended on it!
  12. British Speedway As A Brand....

    But it isn't loud, dirty or smelly any more is it? That's part of the problem in my opinion!
  13. I'm not convinced that electric or hydrogen power are the future - other than in cities perhaps - as they are not environmentally clean, it's just that the pollution happens somewhere else. Power generation will normally entail the burning of fossil fuels or nuclear reaction, neither of which can be described as clean; hydrogen would be generated, I imagine by reforming hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide being an inevitable by product to be released to the atmosphere, so let's not kid ourselves that these technologies result in zero emissions!
  14. Boring

    When I first went to Speedway in the '60s it is fair to say that at that time most people went to experience the noise, the smell and the crashes rather than the quality of the racing (which is probably as good as it ever was tbh). I guess it attracted a similar crowd as stock cars, and for the same reason. Nobody would go to watch stocks for the quality of racing! The present day, sanitised sport has all but eliminated the noise and the smell, and much of the appeal has gone with it. The appearance of modern bikes is also boring and uninteresting compared to the old JAPs with their massive engines and tiny fuel tanks. I don't know what the answer is though - NIMBYism and regulation means the sound of 4 unsilenced machines will never return whilst H and S means that crashes result in a 20 to 30 minute delay in proceedings. The introduction of rev limiters has been suggested and this could, in a roundabout way be of benefit as it would lead engine manufacturers to develop machines which peak at lower revs rather than restrict existing motors before they peak. These motors in turn would be better suited to grippier tracks!