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  1. keepturningleft


    A GP was held there in 1997. Think the crowd was around 10,000.
  2. keepturningleft

    Speedway Star idea

    At this point, I'll just interject and make it clear that my original post was not entirely meant to be taken seriously although I wouldn't mind, one day, seeing 'Speedway Star and Classic Water Bowser' on the news stand.
  3. keepturningleft

    Speedway Star idea

    There is an excellent interview with Richard Clarke of Speedway Star in the current edition of Backtrack magazine which includes concerns about sales in line with the general decline of speedway. However I believe there may be a way of boosting interest. Given that speedway fans spend almost as much time watching tractors circling the track as they do actually watching racing, wouldn't it be an idea for Speedway Star to merge with one the tractor magazines? 'Speedway Star & Tractor Weekly'. It has a ring to it. This will bring added interest to the evening as Instead of whinging and complaining about the tractor breaks, fans would thumb through the mag and try and identify the tractor type and engage with fellow fans on the terrace. Backtrack magazine could also engage with this idea with vintage features on the tractors we fondly remember going round and round in the 70’s and 80’s. Naturally the mag would be renamed Backtractor. Just an idea.
  4. Does grandad know about this?
  5. Rampant envy can be the only explanation for the odd instances of criticism of the racing and the Belle Vue track on this thread. BV is the only true, proper speedway circuit in this country and speedway fans lucky enough to live anywhere near this superb venue have basically won the speedway lottery of life.
  6. Someone in the grandstand was brandishing....a rattle!! I haven't seen of of those since about 1978!
  7. keepturningleft

    Belle Vue v Ipswich 03/06/19

    Wonder how many people in Manchester even know about speedway at the NSS?
  8. keepturningleft

    One League - Matt Ford

    Years ago I remember when someone like Barry Briggs came to Halifax for a league meeting, there was a special buzz and an obvious spike in attendance because this, apart from a possible international, was likely to be his one and only appearance at the track for the year. Those special times are gone. As world champion, I doubt if the presence of Jason Doyle attracted a single extra person through the turnstile, with all due respect to Jason. When the same teams and faces are appearing week in and week out, meetings become less meaningful and the sense of anticipation is diluted. The formation of one big league was the salvation of speedway in the 60's, maybe it could be again.
  9. keepturningleft

    This must be a contender for the greatest race ever!

    Doubt Ivan Mauger would have ever have attempted a manoeuvre as risky as that...
  10. keepturningleft

    Another Saturday night

    Apart from those clubs which have always raced on midweek nights and where that situation is entrenched, Monday evenings do not produce any kind of sense of occasion. In the old days, Saturday night was speedway night for me at Halifax and occasionally Belle Vue. Saturday afternoon out with the lads downtown. Teatime, the excitement builds. Dr Who on TV and then off to the Shay. Heady days. Monday night is a complete dud.
  11. keepturningleft

    Sayfutdinov has got some balls

    That's a contender for the greatest race ever!
  12. Does anyone know what the brilliant music was over the end credits?
  13. keepturningleft

    Warsaw 2019

    That was like watching a plank, warp.
  14. keepturningleft

    Belle Vue vs Poole 6/5/19

    There was a lot of close racing without overtakes - just as thrilling in it's own way. Enjoyable meeting - well done to Poole.

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