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  1. Ah, the days of Mr. Nelson Mills Baldwin OBE... Steve
  2. Come on, ALL of us that have been around for 40+ years are cynical! Thing is, I know that, the older we get, the more cynical we get, but in the case of British speedway, there are very good reasons for our cynicism! Steve
  3. I honestly don't think it SHOULD be a problem for a rider to ride for multiple teams across Europe. The important thing is that, whoever he rides for, he should be there, injuries not withstanding. If there is a clash of fixtures due to a rescheduling, the fixture that was originally scheduled for that date should take priority. Steve
  4. ..and the fact that Hancock is STILL one of the best 8 riders... Steve
  5. So, even though he is still proving himself to be one of the better riders, you DO want them to pick who you want? Oh well... Steve
  6. So, do you want them to just choose the riders YOU want? Steve
  7. Here we go.. Sigh... Steve
  8. If people are in the series on merit (qualifying by right), nobody should dismiss their efforts. And that also includes Cook. Steve
  9. Who was that in white, and what did he do with Cook??? Steve
  10. From the GP website. You have to sign up for an account, but it is free. Steve
  11. Funny, isn't it? The BSF used to be full of people complaining that the lack of great racing is killing the sport, and how much better the racing USED to be. Now, thanks to videos which dispel all those misconceptions, it is amazing to realise the truth, and the racing really WASN'T better back then. Even to watch live streams from thousands of miles away, the lack of atmosphere - and people - is so evident. Being at Wembley on World Final night. or standing on the pit bend at Plough Lane mocking the 'ackney fans, it really is the people who made the difference. Sigh... Steve
  12. How long have I been saying that??? Steve
  13. I know what you are trying to say, but it is "grass-track", not speedway. Even though a fair few riders who do both, they are two different sports, at totally different venues, with totally different fans. On here, you see many complaints that the Speedway Star "includes grass-track". To me, they are close enough to warrant grass-track news in speedway mags, but they are not the same sport. I am also aware that grass-track has taken a nose-dive in the UK too, which actually surprises me. One of the things that fans - including myself - loved about grass-track was the access we had to the riders and their machines. I maintain that one of the best ways to attract new fans to the sport is for them to get close to the machinery and the riders. A few years ago, there was a general motorsports event up in Minnesota, and I went up there with former Workington rider James Mann, who was giving a speedway display with a couple of others. As it was, the meeting was rained off (yeah, 1300 mile round trip for a rain-off...), but in the short time we were there, everybody was so fascinated by the bikes. That's why I love the ideas of riders taking bikes to schools. Yes, I was suggesting that something drastic needs to happen, but you and I both know that we aren't going to find "serious financial backing". That is why we have to cut costs. I just don't know what we can actually get away with. The SGP was innovative thinking, but at that time, the sport as a whole was relatively healthy. We are now talking about something to heal British speedway only, but the fact that British speedway is now on life-support makes it an extremely delicate situation. Just sitting here making suggestions - and waiting for some major sponsor to simply dump a ton of cash into the sport - isn't going to achieve anything. Even if we did find someone with money, five years down the road we will be sitting here replicating these threads, except that the crowds will be down to the 100-150 mark. We NEED to change/update the product, and the way it is displayed. Steve
  14. God, this forum is so bloody depressing... Like many other posters, I have spent a lifetime following the sport. My parents met at Plough Lane, and I first attended when I was three weeks old. No, I don't go now, but that is because I live 3000 miles away. Since my dad passed away in 2003, my trips to the UK - particularly during the speedway season - have become exceedingly rare. As a result of recent events, I too am genuinely worried for the future of speedway in the UK. The problem with this forum - and yes, I have said this before - is that so many of the so-called "experts" still aren't looking at the big picture; they can't see past their own personal desires for themselves or their teams. The single most important issue is that the sport is not viable for the promotions, the riders, or the fans. We have to change that, and quickly. Tweaking silly rules and policies will do absolutely nothing; it needs a complete overhaul - from the bottom up. We have to stop arguing about FRN's, team strengths, and how many leagues we have. We have to forget about getting the top stars back, or stepping on the toes of the Poles or Swedes. We just have to do whatever it takes to ensure that British speedway - in some form - can survive. Of course, people compare today to the 50's, but they are so totally different it is unbelievable. Okay, we dropped to a handful of teams, but we still had thousands upon thousands of people who wanted to watch speedway. We had numerous stadia that were not only capable of staging speedway - but WANTED to. We had promoters who wanted to PROMOTE. You know, in my own sport of darts, we have gone through some ups and downs in the last 30 years, but look at it now. I used to think darts and speedway were very similar, and both suffered similar issues - including shooting ourselves in the foot! What kept darts going was that there was always a grass roots level, with thousands of players competing in local leagues and small tournaments. Also, even though a lot of pubs have closed, there are still plenty of places to play. Speedway doesn't have either of those. There is no grass-roots level with thousands of participants, and there are just a small handful of venues. How we get round those, I have no idea. Neither do I have any idea how we address the viability issue on a LOCAL level, let alone a national level. This truly is killing me... Steve

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