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  1. You have the "world champ "in your team as well !
  2. Have we finally put FRN " to bed " they will not help the sport in this country , just "KILL" it off more quickly IMO more weekend meetings would be the answer but we have the GP circus to thank for that not happening !
  3. Have always thought FRN will do nothing to bring back the so called big names reduce R/R or Guests and may even inflict further damage to the sport in this country ,the best way is with MONEY which is sadly in short supply as well !
  4. Cyril Francis

    The very first speedway race I ever saw had Cyril in at Ellesmere Port May 1972 against Berwick ( if my memory sevres me right replacing Ken Moss in the team ) he was my first s/way hero and even though he was nearly at the end of his career .I spent quite a bit of time talking to him and he had rubbed shoulders with all the greats of the 60's but was extremely modest about his own achievements yet I believe that he was a team rider through and through . RIP Cyril and my condolences to his family .
  5. RIP Ivan Mauger OBE

    RIP to me he was IMO the greatest rider of all time and changed the way riders went about their trade .a true trailbazer who has left his mark on our sport for ever .I hope that there will be some form of lasting recognition for him for future generations to remember the great man by .
  6. Chris Morton will he get involved in speedway again.?

    Remember seeing him at the start of his career at Elle Port (sporting orange leathers )knew he was the real deal then great little racer never stopped trying . I for one hope he comes back to the sport and it should embrace him with open arms ,we would not have the National Stadium had it not been for his efforts .saw him at Cardiff (working his socks off) selling bricks to get the thing built ,I have nothing but admiration for him as a former rider , promoter and the founder of one of the finest stadium for our sport to be raced at .
  7. Lakeside 2018

    Just wondered if Paul Hurry had retired from s/way again or might come in if there are injuries during the season ?
  8. Stoke

    Tony Atkin turning out yet again must be the oldest active league rider by now ,what role model to all those youngsters
  9. Who is the Greatest ?

    It was always a pleasure for me to watch a rider who performed at the highest level and made it look easy , he was making a living at one of the most dangerous sport in the world at the same time as well.
  10. Who is the Greatest ?

    IMO he was the biggest influence on the sport from any one rider he had it all and was the complete package ,no other rider has struck me like that although may have been exceptional riders in certain ways it was had to fault him in any department as it were.
  11. Who is the Greatest ?

    Mauger Briggo/Fundin Olsen/Ricko Mauger gets top place IMO he changed the sport from many points of view making it more professional and setting high standards with consistent performances at team level particularly day in day out. For sheer style and skill on a bike he was a dream to watch ( Hans is the nearest I ever saw to match him on a bike IMO ) but with all the above there is very little to choose between them and there is the issue of different eras of course . I do think out of five of them Ivan could and would have succeeded at anytime in speedway because he was able to adapt to any situation ,the only time I can remamber him capitulating under pressure was of course the 1973 w/final ,the one that did get away from him without a doubt .
  12. Rip Cliff Anderson

    He also rode for Crewe if my memory serves me correctly ,he would only be in his early 60's I would have thought nice enough and friendly chap to talk to .
  13. Newcastle 2018

    I can only wish you the best of luck and hope that you come to "tapes" in 2018 ,talking of the past i used to love the Diamond's visits to Elle Port in the 70's the Owens against Jacko and Finch were great times in our sport at NL level IMO. Graham Thomas always seemed half a step ahead of the ruling body and his fellow promoters but that was his cunning and guile approach to the sport OH how we(and the sport) miss him !!!!
  14. Gerhard Engine

    Dean makes some very good points we used to buy new Jawas in the 70's and the riders ripped them apart ,new guards ,handle bars ,seats ,levers ,fuel tanks and wheels .This made the bikes look better and that was about all it did ,this has now escalated to engines .The excuse used for stripping the bike was weight loss but as I have said Briggo used any guards etc he could lay his hands on and was not as light weight or small as the likes of Ivan but was no slouch on a bike . IMO it's the fellow twisting the throttle that makes the diffence if they are even matched from a mechanical point of view every time and should never be the one with the deepest pockets .
  15. Pay Rates Mystery

    Please do not misunderstand what I was saying ,I meant that most riders do not earn enough from their speedway careers to retire from work there after . With regards sponsorship Dean is spot on we sponsored 4 riders in the 70's and non of them ever said thanks for the help which ran into thousands of pounds a year and was ultimately the reason we stopped .
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