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  1. LesR

    Swindon 2019

    I think that both Zach and James Shanes, while both having progressed to a certain extent, have suffered by riding grasstrack / longtrack and speedway at a young age. They are desciplines that are apart in riding technique. Years ago many very good speedway riders could be seen in Germany, every Sunday, winning and doing very well in longtrack / grasstrack meetings, but only after they had established themselves as very good speedway riders. Wiggy told me it took at least 3 years to master Longtrack. Yet at the same time very good grasstrack riders were riding in the second halfs at speedway and not turning out to be the next great speedway rider, with a few exceptions. Many have said it takes a couple of races to get back to riding a speedway track after competing at grasstrack / longtrack. If you're good on the grass/longtrack on the continent it's hard to let go of the money to improve your speedway. How many true longtrack riders have won the World Speedway Championship? How many true Speedway riders have won the World Longtrack Championship? Just my thoughts.
  2. LesR

    Rye House 2018

    Do you mean " Rye House Rockets Ltd " the newly incorporated company, on 30th March 2019, with James Mead as sole director?
  3. LesR

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    On offical SCB site. http://www.speedwaygb.co.uk/files/downloads/c19_issue_1.pdf Les
  4. LesR

    John Chaplin

    Sad news, R.I.P. John.
  5. It certainly must be Mike, just look how it has flourished since the begining of the 2000's Certainly feels like 2019 has started off worse than last year. With Chapman now having 3 clubs he can p!$s off at least 42% of the leagues supporters, maybe ' you reap what you sow ' will be coming home to roost, sooner than later, with his people skills!
  6. Great clip from a time when we had proper promoters who relied on speedway for their living, not fans with big egos who could/can offset speedway losses through their another business. Thanks for sharing and I'm glad I was involved during that period.
  7. What a mess this is turning out to be. You have the Official Peterborough Speedway website advertising 2019 Season Tickets with it's full team of 7 riders advertised. Anyone buying these can do so by BACS to a Lloyds bank account or by cheque, to a Middlesborough address for the Peterborough Speedway Office, payable to Peterborough Panthers Speedway. You have a newly incorporated company, on the 16th November 2018, called Peterborough Speedway Limited with Keith & Cheryl Chapman as the only Directors, with a Downham Market, Norfolk address. Finally you have a changed team line up from that advertised to tempt you to buy a season ticket. I find that no better than internet scams where the advertised products don't turn into reality. Somewhere along the line someone must be the guilty party in this. So for those wanting to cancel their season ticket for a refund, which company refunds the money? Is it Peterborough Panthers Speedway or Peterborough Speedway Limited? I know that I wouldn't buy a season ticket from most of the promotions that are now running speedway
  8. LesR

    AGM November 2018

    I agree with you Dean, the money wasn't the be all and end all of racing, it was the excitement, the adrenaline pumping going into corners fast and only inches from your opponent, the feeling of elation when you beat a more experienced opponent that you didn't expect to 70 seconds earlier. It wasn't just a means to make money or drive around in a sign written van, we used trailers or bike racks, saying " look at me I must be good my names all over my van " which is what I see from a lot of would be racers. The expense of all the trick bits that the GP riders use, throttles at £150 each, seem to remember Ivan used a Jawa throttle, longer so better for throttle control. Maybe some of the riders need to go back to basics and maybe improve their situation.
  9. LesR

    Poole 2019

    This is similar to the 70's when first division clubs had tie ups with second division clubs. For instance Exeter had Canterbury and Steve Koppe, Les Rumsey and Bob Spelta were numbers 8,9 and 10. Any absences or injuries to second strings and reserves were covered by these riders. I think it was guest or r/r for heat leaders. Seemed to work very well.
  10. LesR

    2nd leg play off final

    Agree with all the above, the very balanced side reminds me of the Poole team, the British League Division 1 Champions in 1969, who were not at all fancied front runners. Great performances from all the Workington riders, and guests, who really wanted the double. Hope you are successful in the Shield final for a tremendous treble against a lot of adversity!! I hope you will be able to defend your titles next year, Derwent Park was on of my favourite tracks back in the 70's.
  11. LesR

    Worky v scunny koc leg 2

    Great result Workington, keep focussed and take the league title too. Ian Thomas would have loved this.
  12. LesR

    Bob Dugard RIP

    Sad news, R.I.P. Bob, one of speedways best. Condolences to his family and friends.
  13. LesR

    Rye House 2018

    It's still there, look under Premiership Headlines.

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