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Pieman72

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  1. Pieman72

    Pathfinder Report and Recommendations 2018

    Congratulations to Pathfinder for an excellent report. While I totally agree with the findings and summary it is something only understood by the Speedway fraternity. The sport needs to reach out to a wider audience and quite honestly the present set up is not viable for both British riders and supporters alike. The sport needs to 'look outside the box' and decide where it wants to be, what it can afford and what will bring in the revenue?
  2. 500cc were planned but definitely too narrow. I'd not been to Stoke before, rough and ready but hey ho it's an operational track. 110% effort by the Helsby Junior GT Club for staging the event. Great to see such a variety of bikes and riders GT140's were competitive so too the 250's all went without any accidents too. For amateur/semi professional riders an excellent opportunity to have a run on a speedway track. Hopefully more tracks will stage similar events in the future. Solo's & Sidecars....bring it on as Grasstrack venue's are in short supply.
  3. It was an official ACU sanctioned meeting and run by their rules the similar to Sidecar Speedway. An excellent mixed event a good pointer to the future of Grasstrack and Speedway.
  4. It's nothing to do with Stoke Potters it's run by Helsby Grass Track Club as their normal Grass Venue is not ridable. If you've never seen Grasstrack give it a go 1000cc sidecars are awesome on a normal Grasstrack circuit.
  5. Just a quick notification of a meeting at Stoke Speedway 21/10/18 a mixed event of Grasstrack Bikes, Solo's, Sidecars, Juniors, Adults 140cc up to 500cc all for a fiver yes £5 !! Take a look on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HDJGTC/
  6. Pieman72

    Having a laugh

    Fundamentally I don't care what we have as long as long as it's racing. Speedway in the UK is now dominated by foreign riders and the GP and unfortunately we have to develop something that is affordable and interesting for the fans that is also viable.... a big ask.
  7. Pieman72

    Having a laugh

    I accept the point but sitting on our hands doing nothing will not get the turnstiles going?
  8. Pieman72

    Having a laugh

    Very good points and fully understood but speedway is about entertainment. Is it me but what's not to like about 4 or more bikes racing under floodlights with a pint and a burger with your mates? To get the spectators in, try a different formats encourage young riders + different classes e.g. GT140, 250, 350, 500 Sidecars?? The current format doesn't work so why not change it? £17 + for 13 heats of the exactly the same bikes going in circles is looking a bit tired and very poor value for entertainment ?
  9. Pieman72

    Having a laugh

    Ha ha I like the 3 months. Is speedway finished or am I missing something. It's ok rapping on about wall to wall TV coverage and Cardiff’s fantastic stadium and temporary track but if there's no meetings or tracks it's game over. Well at least the midweek Premiership will give the riders some pocket money for the GP. Why not have British riders training schools and perhaps some racing? Mind you Brexit will see to that as all European riders will need work permits issued by the DWP good luck there !!
  10. In 2 weeks time I shall be on holiday in Yorkshire (lovely place and the folks). So why not help the cause and go to Sheffield Speedway an excellent track Owlerton. Speedway is perfect under floodlights on a crisp October evening oh and the smell of the castor based oil. Well £32 + wife is rather pricey + the petrol etc for Div2 but lets give it a go.....erm nope the season ended in August !! Am I on another planet or is someone 'having a laugh'. There is something fatally wrong with speedway when a track closes in early September....very concerning !!
  11. Pieman72

    Is Speedway still viable in the UK?

    Speedway is unique in that generally the fans know little about the machines and technical side of the bikes. Perhaps the sport needs to reach out more to a different broader audience?
  12. Pieman72

    Is Speedway still viable in the UK?

    Watch this space !
  13. Pieman72

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    Watch this space.......
  14. Pieman72

    Is Speedway still viable in the UK?

    Speedway will carry on but not in it's present guise. There are many problems affecting the sport that need addressing unfortunately no one is listening and they carry on regardless. Making an analogy with failing retail business's presents a wonderful example. Increase prices, close customer services, sell something inferior and wait for the customers to pour through the doors?
  15. Very sad I was there, sadly he passed away after being taken by air ambulance to QE Birmingham, at 78 an inspiration RIP Fred.
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