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  1. Eastville Bulldog

    So what happened to Bristol Bulldogs big plans ?

    http://www.bigpicturedesign.co.uk/Avonmouth Speedway.html Here is a link to the proposed site at Avonmouth, Bristol
  2. Eastville Bulldog

    So what happened to Bristol Bulldogs big plans ?

    Ungrateful ? I wouldn't say feeling annoyed and disheartened by a lack of information towards their teams fan base is being ungrateful - it's FAR from it. If fans were unconcerned about progress they'd sit back, give up and move on - and NOT be annoyed. What harm is there just releasing the odd press release stating what's happening ( however trivial) surely as fans, don't we deserve some credit? After all it will be us and our money going into the teams coffers. I don't know perhaps I expect to much.
  3. Eastville Bulldog

    So what happened to Bristol Bulldogs big plans ?

    Andy Hewlett was the person who pushed for a Bristol revival. After creating and promoting the Rebels he sought to reestablish the Bulldogs. He (as a member of Bristol City Council) had good contacts within the planning depth and secured a plot of wasteland at Avonmouth. . .a few miles to the North of the city. Unfortunately nature lovers complained of problems to birds flying into Slimbridge wildlife centre up the coast in Glos. The planned area is now a WIND TURBINE site !!!! A new promoter took over the 'cause' a couple of years ago. But nothing as yet has come to fruit. It's knock back after knock back.
  4. Eastville Bulldog

    So what happened to Bristol Bulldogs big plans ?

    No Markyb he's not 'the' Mr Gresham. . . It's really frustrating that the promotion is silent about anything relating to the development and birth of a new team. There's been nothing in the local press, nothing in SS, on the web etc. There's a wall of silence. At least AH kept us up to date with his plans but this is wrong. I too think it's safe to say it's fallen through, never gonna happen, all a big pipe dream. Gresham's right, why kid ourselves with this BS ? Truth is promoters, stadium owners, local councils don't give a f*ck for the fans or the security and advancement of the sport in general. It's like peeing in the wind.
  5. With permission from BSPA for the 'use' of the name to run, the new promoter of the 'Bristol Bulldogs' declared a return to racing for the 2018 season albeit on away tracks. Yet no racing, no team, no news. . .Nothing. Has this ambitious plan gone done the pan like everything else? It's very disheartening not only to myself but all other Bulldog fans who are left in the dark.Does anybody know anything as to what is happening? Any news would be much appreciated!
  6. Eastville Bulldog

    Bristol Speedway Memories

    Who remembers the events held during the break between first and second halves of racing? There was the 'longest wheelie' contest, and the 'fastest flying lap'. I also remember Neil Farnish going round on his grass track bike during the interval. If I remember correctly Steve the heave held the record for the leg trail wheelie contest. There was also the 'lucky ticket holder' who had the chance to go in the pits, meet the team and get all the 'bulldog merchandise' too. Star Wars theme before each race and 10,000 renditions of 'Baker Street' by Gerry Rafferty. The sun setting over 'Tote End' the smell of castol R' and hamburgers. The mandatory face full of shale, God those were the days. Who also remembers Steve Greshams antics at Eastville? Namely with John Davis and Michael Lee?
  7. Eastville Bulldog

    Club Owned Speedway Sealed Engines...

    This would be exactly what happens! There would be chaos in the pits. Top riders will walk out if issued 'a bad engine'. A low points earner could end up with a good one. It would be a lucky dip and the top boys would not tolerate this. Top riders will not jeopardise their ability to win races. It would cause divisions and kill the sport IMHO.
  8. Eastville Bulldog

    Club Owned Speedway Sealed Engines...

    One other issue is the fact that no two engines are the same. Two identical off the shelf engines could be as much as 4 or 5 horsepower difference, giving a rider an advantage over a team mate. In theory all engines would need dyno testing before each meeting and something done to bring all to the same standard. Different engines may wear at different rates and in different parts. Keeping a 'level playing field' would be a nightmare.
  9. Eastville Bulldog

    Bristol Speedway Memories

    Tell me about it!
  10. Eastville Bulldog

    Bristol Bulldogs

    My apologies, that's the bloke! I thought it was Thatcher in at the time,lol. The bloke was a Burke whichever party was in. As I remember he was presented with the council's banning request and he granted it immediately with out reading the counter petition from the fans and the letter Clark Osborne from BSG had sent him. Newport fell foul to money making. You're correct there Ken. Bristol had a rubbish track, rubbish stadium. But A WHOLE LOT of fans and as Brucie would say "what do fans make?.... MONEY"
  11. Eastville Bulldog

    Bristol Bulldogs

    Back in 77 the Bulldogs promoters and Bristol Stadium Limited just put two ofingers up to the council and said 'We're having speedway, lump it or like it'. This went on for two years. The council couldn't legally stop it. The stadium company (as a sports venue) had within its operations contract a clause which basically stated 'it could hold within reason any sport which the facilities were able, safely and adequately cater for'. Or words to that effect. The council eventually got the conservative environment secretary Peter Shaw to shut it down on noise grounds. Bristol Council are anti sport.
  12. Eastville Bulldog

    Bristol Bulldogs

    What happened to Andy Hewlett and his attempts? Did he step down?
  13. Eastville Bulldog

    Bristol Speedway Memories

    Pop down to Oak tree and you'll see the Bulldog program boards, badges and the occasional scarf (partially hidden of course) lol
  14. Eastville Bulldog

    Bristol Speedway Memories

    Bristol recorded huge numbers for league matches. Well over 10,000 for the open select match in April '77.Some sources quote 14,000. I can't remember a home match with an attendance less than 8,000.Speedway is/was bigger to Bristolians than it is to the Polish!
  15. Eastville Bulldog

    Bristol Speedway Memories

    We need this project kicking off ASAP, while the poker is still hot. The Bristol faithful are getting older and 40yrs is too long a gap. Fingers AND toes crossed!
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