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    Why No Speedway Track...?

    From the Design and Access Statement published January 2013 Dirt Oval Location: The dirt oval is located between the western edge of the Karting Circuit and southern tip of the main circuit. Use: The dirt oval will provide the opportunity for riders to begin experiencing low friction riding and become familiar with drifting. It is thought that by mastering this technique, riders will be better prepared for the sensation of a bike slipping beneath them and more able to negotiate high speed corners and modern tyre slip angles. Amount: The dirt oval will be contained within a building which will have a gross oor area of 23,184sqm and a building height of 16m. The circuit will be 406m in length. Space will be provided for 500 spectators. As the facility becomes established and is used more regularly additional spectator seating could be added.
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    Cardiff Gp

    Cardiff Food and Drink Festival is at the Bay from 11am this weekend. Free to get into but tasters usually cost...unless you're good at blagging your way around. It will be busier than usual. http://www.visitcardiff.com/events/calendar-highlights/search-products/cardiff-international-food-and-drink-festival-p16111 As an alternative there is the National Museum next door to Cardiff Castle. Free entry for everyone, open from 10am and an excellent location for Art, Natural History and Archeology. The natural history area is especially good for youngsters. https://www.museumwales.ac.uk/cardiff/ Just a few alternatives if you are looking for something different.
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    Its Heartbreaking

    I had an email from Sebastian Barret reference Speedway at the proposed new motor racing circuit in Rassau. Sebastian said; "At present, there are no plans for a speedway track. We are, however, holding community exhibitions at the start of next week, and commencing through to the end of the month, where we welcome feedback and views from residents of Blaenau Gwent and further afield. If you’d like to come down to any of those, the dates and locations can be found on our website (www.circuitofwales.com). We’d love to hear from a motor sport fan such as yourself." What have we got to lose, the more who turn up and voice their opinions then the more chance we have...although a potental promotor would also need to come forward of course. Thanks Mark
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    Its Heartbreaking

    I can advise that Councillor Allan Morris was actively involved in attempting to save the stadium. A lot happened behind the scenes that has not been publicised.
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    Cardiff 2012 Entertainment

    Status Quo are playing Singleton Park Swansea later in the evening...maybe they could stop off on the way...
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    Newport Speedway Fans Help!

    Sorry Ray, he was wrong
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    Newport Speedway Fans Help!

    The public consultation period has been extended until next Monday 14th May. If you haven't yet added comments of objection to the demolition of Newport Speedway Stadium then your support would be be very much appreciated. The more individual responses that are received the more chance we have of keeping Newport Speedway alive. Please follow the link http://www.newport.gov.uk/fastWeb/fulldetail.asp?AltRef=12/0375&ApplicationNumber=&AddressPrefix=&submit1=Go Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Comment button. Thank you to all who have opposed the application so far. ...also please note the applications states this will be a delegated decision with no appeal. My understanding is that means the decision will be taken internally by the civil servants in the planning dept and no appeal will be allowed. It will not get to the planning committee with the elected councillors if this happens and this is where we need it. Please keep the comments flowing in to them to force a change on this.
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    Newport Speedway Fans Help!

    That's interesting Arthur. I emailed Councillor John Richards last Wednesday outlining Phil's interest. Shows that even in this modern age of communication the personal touch is always best... Thanks for the positive update.
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    Newport Speedway Fans Help!

    All we are asking is that fellow speedway supporters offer their support by clicking on the comment button at the bottom of this link and penning a few words of objection. UK speedway is a small community and it would be nice to think we would all help each other in our hour of need. This is ours. The clock is ticking...we have until May 10 to convince Newport City Council not to allow demolition of Newport Speedway Stadium. Your support is appreciated! With you all the way Phil... http://www.newport.gov.uk/fastWeb/fulldetail.asp?AltRef=12/0375&ApplicationNumber=&AddressPrefix=&submit1=Go
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    Newport Speedway Fans Help!

    Yes I know, but 10,000 local people don't read this forum unfortunately. We'll deal with them seperately. It is just yourself and the other forum members I am kindly asking to help us out in the attempt to help you from permanently losing opposition. Here's the link again, your help would be appreciated. http://www.newport.g...fix=&submit1=Go
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    Newport Speedway Fans Help!

    All we are asking is that fellow speedway supporters offer their support by clicking on the comment button at the bottom of this link and penning a few words of objection. UK speedway is a small community and it would be nice to think we would all help each other in our hour of need. The clocks ticking... http://www.newport.gov.uk/fastWeb/fulldetail.asp?AltRef=12/0375&ApplicationNumber=&AddressPrefix=&submit1=Go
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    Newport Speedway Fans Help!

    It is in the Argus on-line edition http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/9673662.Newport_Speedway_stadium_could_be_demolished/?ref=ms ...and yes there are plenty of people in South Wales who are bothered by this. Here is the link for everyone to offer their supportive comments...all are encouraged to add a comment in attempting to stop the demolition of the stadium and allow it to be taken over by professional people who will continue with Speedway at the stadium. http://www.newport.gov.uk/fastWeb/fulldetail.asp?AltRef=12/0375&ApplicationNumber=&AddressPrefix=&submit1=Go The comment button is at the bottom of the link. Thank you for your anticipated support...from a fellow speedway fan..
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    Newport Speedway Fans Help!

    Thanks Laurence...I was just trying to work out how to start and run a twitter account from a pc...modern technology eh!!
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    Newport Speedway Fans Help!

    I wonder if we could ask Nigel Pearson to give our cause a mention on the Sky Sports GP coverage from Leszno tonight and Wolverhampton on Monday? I presume Phil will be in Leszno this weekend and would be able to update and advise Nigel. I believe Nigel is a regular Twitter user but not sure about Phil. I don't have (or know how to use) Twitter but there may be someone looking in who does and could get a message to Nigel? (ftb? if you're looking in) Just a thought? Thanks Mark
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    New Years Honours

    Hi Jeff, Without doubt I agree, Neil Street was the first person I thought of when I saw the title of this thread. For me, these awards should primarily be for exceptional contributions to society not just for achieving something. The contribution Neil has, and hopefully continues to give our sport, especially the time he is prepared to offer young riders, is incalculable. Everyone at Newport feels like they are the cat that got the cream at the moment, but the news that Neil will hopefully be involved next year is the icing on the cake for me. Aside from the fact that he has forgotten more than most of us will ever know about Speedway, he is an absolute gentleman and ambassador for the sport. There would be a nice way to honour Neil though, and I guess you know where I am going with this, as we have discussed it before…It would be fantastic to get his life story down in print so that we can all share some of the wisdom. …and what better wordsmith to put it together than yourself!! It would need to be a hefty volume to do him justice, and you would have to write fast once he starts talking!! From the quality and eloquence of your writing to date though, I have no doubt you are the best man for the job. Looking forward to your next volume…”Neil Street…Speedway Sage” ?????? I can dream. Take care Mark
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    2008 Speedway Boxset (20% Off)

    We had a slight delay getting the units back from manufacturers but these will be with us this week ready for dispatch. Kind regards Dan Hi Dan, any news on despatches yet?
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    Gelsenkirchen Off !

    Millennium Stadium next weekend
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    27th June 2009. British Gp

    I can't get it to do anything either, other than tell me the categories of ticket prices
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    Concrete For Breakfast

    It was good to meet Jeff again yesterday in Cardiff. Jeff's books to date have been entertaining, thought provoking and eloquently expressed...and on the chapters I read this morning, Concrete For Breakfast doesn't disappoint or lessen previous standards. Because of time I had only intended reading a couple of pages this morning, but got lost in a couple of chapters and ended up being late for work....once you start you can't stop. It is worth searching Jeff out if you haven't yet read any of his books or stopped by to have a chat with him. Highly recommended.
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    Lombard Rally

    It was simply the worst motor racing event you could possibly imagine. One car on track at any one time...three laps...where each lap had to be between 21 and 29 seconds. They were all covering the three laps in around 75 to 80 seconds...we have tractors grading the track faster than that! Pathetic. Very few people there, and a lot less after 30 minutes. Still, it was a nice sunny afternoon and a good chin wag.
  21. I scored 127 points using the Jeff Scott clichés generator during the Swindon v Coventry encounter on Sky this evening Jeff Scotts Blog I also awarded myself a few extra points every time KT nodded his head when someone else was talking - have you noticed how many ex-sportsman Sky commentators have this infuriating habit...same training course I guess...annoys the hell out of me! Looks like one of those plastic dogs people used to put in the back window of their car with the head wobbling all over the place. Dewi Morris does the same on the rugby coverage. Take a look at Jeff's blog for his witty and observantional list of points scoring phrases constantly used during Sky's coverage, and see what you score. If you watch the coverage on video, and fast forward through the claptrap, then you wont score as many...but you may retain a little more sanity.
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    Traffic For Cardiff

    Sophia Gardens is one of the better choices. Cars are £7 but not sure if a minibus has to pay a £15 charge as a coach. It's a pay and display machine and I don't think it gives change. http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ObjView.asp?Object_ID=8582 Take the A48M into Cardiff (left off the M4 after Tredegar Park), past the University Hospital (watch for the 40mph camera), go past the 24 hour Tesco and just as you go past the college take the left slip road. Left at the lights and stay on the same road, following it round to the right and then straight on for half a mile or so. The entrance to the car park is on the left. You will be quite close to the stadium.
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    Traffic For Cardiff

    Some of the car park prices have also risen recently http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/6733933.stm Parking in Newport and catching the train is another option
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    For Our Entertainment!

    The concert's in Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr, not Cardiff
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    Could be good promotional draw for Newport with the start of premier league fixtures against Stoke that day. Combine environmental fuel with no light pollution or electricity wastage due to no floodlights, no water wastage due to only colected rain water being dribbled onto the track through hosepipes (yes, we were plastered in dust again yesterday) and you could say we have one of the most environmentally motor racing circuits in the world. Ok, so there's a little bit of noise, but you can't win them all.

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