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  1. Having visited a number of Swedish and Danish tracks this summer... 1. Both countries are struggling to get people through the gate, apart from GP and key matches 2. Speedway structured in a different way with Community teams and real investment from local people (volunteers), and companies, sponsorship. Eg Vetlanda programme was 86 reading pages, mainly of adverts, but also good quality features. This makes finding stuff hard as it is assumed you know the team names for each club. (eg fixtures would be Lions v Pirates) 3. Entrance fees were cheaper than uk in both countries. 4. Fans of both countries have similar concerns, speaking to a promotion (in Sweden's equivalent of our championship), they believed their costs were about a quarter of the higher league in Sweden. (previously relegated, talking from experience) 5. Meetings well ran, lots of track work, started on time, in the main good racing. Range of track shapes, surfaces, etc 6. Significantly less meetings than uk, amateur and practice leagues below pro/semi pro structures. Lots of doubling up! So where may this all go? Speedway dies? Just GP Speedway? Poland? if so where do the GP riders of the future get unto speed? I could envisage a European super league, with major city teams to suppliment the Gp, Semi pro domestic league/s. Cost reduction...Sealed engines? standard equipment? Limit of bikes per meeting per team? (rather like the tyres rules of old). Impact of Brexit? removal of EU permits/standardisation of rules? I'd suggest we need some sort of commission with an overarching review. If we don't cap vested interests we are likely to end with the first option.
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    Leon Madsen

    Bumped into Leon in Vetlanda, he was guesting in mid August, with my son with autism. He was really professional. Polite, patient and understanding. Really impressed. He also rode really well and scored paid 14 from 5 against good quality riders. Be great to see him in the UK.
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    Stoke v Brummies NL Sat 1st Sep

    Surprised not off yet, reports of light cloud in Stoke.
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    Why would you go there as a spectator?....that's with 25 years regular attendance as a Potters fan. It used too be abuse from the promotion, now it's not even excuses. I think Dave Tatum does the track still? The 10 heat match appears a regular at Loomer Road....There have been chances to sell but to no avail...I'm just really sad that what was my club ends up like this.
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    Potters v Colts - 5/5/18

    Is Stoke off with localised rain yet?, can't be much longer..... Always a reason to postpone until the lovely weather of October....
  6. Simonh

    Belle Vue 2018

    Does anyone know when the hospitality information may be available? I'm taking my Dad to the Monday meeting against Swindon and want to give him a really good experience. Thanks Simon
  7. Simonh

    Kings Lynn 2018..

    1970 had 13 races and a full second half, normally 18 - 20 races total...interval after the match so if the kids needed to fog home main event was done.....
  8. Simonh


    Wallinger signs....for Buxton
  9. Simonh

    Belle Vue 2018

    I've seen Gappmaier ride larger continental tracks and he's certainly add strength at home...
  10. Simonh

    Belle Vue 2018

    Rohan Tungate Confirmed on BV Website....
  11. Simonh

    Belle Vue 2018

    He could also ride Swindon really well when I was there...so probably a two trick pony......
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    Wallinger put on Facebook no team place hasn’t had anyone contact him so I am guessing Stoke are replying to that? Thanks
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    I see the Stoke website has DT trying to contact David Wallinger about twitter comments?. Could someone connected with the world of twitter expand on the issues please? Thanks
  14. Simonh


    With serious injuries that could have been prevented HSE would be looking at a broad and detailed investigation. I think shutting would be a lesser worry for those involved.
  15. Simonh


    Should the worst happen (and we hope it doesn't) liability is clear. They have known about the issue for several years, it's happened on a number of occasions and it's not been sorted out. I'd suggest the Promotion who created the problem and the BSPA as governing body who are clearly aware (referees reports) would both have liability.

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