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  1. Fixed night farce-how much longer

    Speedway has a sense of anticipation and occasion when it's staged at the weekend. Mondays and Tuesdays are the most anti-climatic days of the week coming straight after the weekend and are the worst possible days to run speedway.
  2. Belle Vue v Swindon 14/5/18 BT Sport

    Personally, Monday nights at Belle Vue is pretty hopeless for me because of work commitments. If matches were on Fridays or Saturdays I would be there most weeks, but Monday is literally the worst night of the week to hold a speedway meeting.
  3. It has been mentioned a few times on this forum about atmosphere making a huge contribution to the experience of live sport. Recently I paid my first visit in living memory to a premier league football match, Huddersfield v Swansea to be precise. The atmosphere and noise was incredible, but as Tony Mac alludes to, most of the time nothing really exciting is actually happening. A huge cheer followed by fervent clapping as a player clears a ball away from danger – you would think the guy had just found a cure for some terrible disease. If you saw that same action with the crowd removed, there would be literally nothing exciting about it at all! In my opinion this partly explains the, ‘speedway was much better in my day’ viewpoint. The atmosphere back in the 60’s and 70’s clearly was superb and added hugely to the experience even if the racing was poor. A good example is the 1981 world final at Wembley. A fantastic occasion, for sure, but count the overtakes. Not many, and yet this is one of speedways best remembered meetings because the occasion and crowd elevated it to something way beyond just the racing.
  4. RIP Ivan Mauger OBE

    Brief tribute on Granada news.
  5. You can't help wondering if the issue around PC is more involved than we know. PC has often cited Peter Craven as his original inspiration, so if he feels he can't attend a memorial meeting to the great man which is also combined with the 90th anniversary of the worlds most famous club where he himself enjoys legendary status on a par with Craven, then it looks as if the situation with PC is a lost cause. A dreadfully sad situation.
  6. Once A Jolly Swagman

    Just checked on IMB, it looks as if it was filmed at Staines stadium in Surrey. Did speedway ever take place there?
  7. Once A Jolly Swagman

    Did anyone spot a 1954 film called Stock Car on the Talking Pictures channel the other day? The action took place at a certain Westingay Stadium, a mash up of West Ham and Harringay perhaps?? Couldn't identify the track/stadium however.
  8. Once A Jolly Swagman

    No apology necessary. My dad who is nearly 93 and in a home, watches hardly anything else but this channel now. It seems to bring him some comfort reliving memories from the past.
  9. Once A Jolly Swagman

    Take the Michael if you like but these old classics have things like, plot, character development, strong acting and direction and screenplays written by people with talent etc unlike much of todays fare where spaceships endlessly fly through space, things blow up, dialogue is mumbled, editing is so flashy you can't tell what's happening, cars crash and brain numbing special effects overwhelm proceedings to such an extent that little is left to the imagination and every idea you may have is completely driven from your head... The Darkest Hour is good 'though...
  10. Once A Jolly Swagman

    The best channel there is...
  11. Swindon 2018

    Mind, most thought Belle Vue would never happen.
  12. Speedway Noise

    Wonder how effective the acoustic barrier at Belle Vue is?
  13. Darcy Ward at Taunton

    I've put my money on Lunchhour at twelve to one.

    Ivan Mauger has publicly rubbished the '81 final. No opinion on that, just thought I'd mention it.