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  1. "The forum has become a platform for juvenile insults and personal attacks above reasoned debate" How's that for you?
  2. I understand. It's an easy subjective way to belittle a rider they - for whatever reason - don't like. He looks every inch a rider who has all the attributes to be the best of all-time. The professionalism of Mauger/Rickardsson, the overtaking ability of Collins, the technical ability of Nielsen, the coolness under pressure of Fundin/Gundersen. A very special rider indeed.
  3. Both Grahame brothers came to my mind too. Andy was also reserve in 1982. Never global superstars, but certainly very competitive at international level for a few years at least. Shame neither bagged an outright final appearance as they were both up and around the same level as the likes of Phil Collins, Les Collins, Neil Evitts, Richard Knight who can all claim to have been finalists.
  4. Bobby Schwartz is the obvious name surely?
  5. falcace

    Guardian article today

    Pesky Brussels bureaucrats ruining British speedway! No doubt that shifty pole Donald Tusk has a hand in all this
  6. falcace

    Guardian article today

    Agree 100%. Cardiff is the most expensive speedway meeting of the year, but it's by far the best overall experience and as a result, the best value.
  7. falcace

    Guardian article today

    Not my bag either...and yet it's the hottest ticket in town when it comes to London. They are doing something right!
  8. falcace

    Guardian article today

    I don't have all the answers. But I do know one thing, tinkering around the edges of the current set up is not the answer. The sport has to decide whether it wants to pander to the grumbles of the shrinking hardcore or attract a new market of followers. Do we want to hang on to what we have for another 5 or 10 years tops? Or be more revolutionary and give the sport a fighting chance of survival for the long-term so future fans can enjoy speedway like I and you have been lucky to do so for decades? The day out idea is bringing all the sports together for a full 4-5 hour show.. rather than an added sport tagged onto a speedway meeting. It's up to you if you stay for the full shebang or just the speedway or - if you are so inclined - the sidecars etc. I don't know if that is the answer, but I'd like to see speedway piloting some alternative models to see what is sustainable for the future. As it stands today it is not. Change is always a difficult process, but in British speedway's case it is now an absolute necessity. The BSPA could do a lot worse than taking a focus group of thirty 15-45 yr olds to different live sport experiences...horse racing, basketball, speedway, darts and find out what they did and didn't like about each experience. I think they would learn a lot about where speedway is going wrong and what other sports are getting right. I'm with a lot of other people on this, I think the racing itself is strong enough and stacks up well as a spectacle against other sports, but the overall experience is very, very poor in comparison.
  9. falcace

    Guardian article today

    Yes, you are right. It’s no good not saying how. And I have - several times. Most recently on this thread below. Such threads are now a constant on the forum. The survival of the sport in the UK is at stake. It needs fresh thinking and fresh blood.
  10. falcace

    Guardian article today

    I am sorry! Speedway cannot survive much more pussy-footing about I am afraid.
  11. falcace

    Guardian article today

    No offence, but let's not dance around it, you have not got another 60 years of supporting in you have you? Somerset is within reach for me and the last time I went there, I noticed how old the crowd was. I'd make a rough estimate that half of them would dead or unable to attend within 10 years. It doesn't take a genius to say that is not sustainable. The sport need to pay more attention to the younger market it is not attracting than the existing ageing hardcore who still grumpily attend.
  12. I think we have long reached the point where we have to stop pandering to the regulars....they are a ever decreasing band will not provide a sustainable future. We all know a pub that had a hardcore of old men who didn't like the jukebox or loud music and has closed its doors. That's where league speedway finds itself now, serving pints to the same hardcore with no new punters coming through the door.
  13. That's interesting to know, but I don't think an event 60 years ago should be used a suitable test case for what might or might not work in 2019. I take the point that additional entertainment put in front of a crowd there for the speedway often has little merit. But a properly marketed "SpeedFest" or "TrackFest" model with different activities on the hour (pick and choose which ones you do and don't wish to see) with surrounding barbecues, food stalls, bouncy castles would - I think - have a chance of drawing in much more families than the current model. The consumer is much more transient these days and we have to create something that has much broader appeal for the family. The sport is heavily reliant on a dying demographic (literally) attending out of sheer habit and blind loyalty. That's clearly not sustainable. It doesn't take an Einstein to say it, but....actually it does take an Einstein to say it..... "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"
  14. I think you know the answer. My suggestions are quick wins that could be done to improve the current product. But I am glad you ask about daytime meetings. My longer term strategy would be much more radical and explore the collaboration of speedway with other track sports - sidecars, short track, stock cars, go karts, greyhounds for a really full family experience and deliver a full value day out to attact a bigger footprint of people, for a longer time and to broaden appeal to sponsors. What’s your big idea?
  15. You make a valid point (if I am reading you right?) and you are of course right, not everything is transferrable from the indoor arena to a speedway stadium. Speedway cannot simply replicate basketball in presentation terms, but there is a lot to learn in just the use of music, light and sound effects to add some drama and spectacle to the occasion. There is no dead time at all. It's all high impact music and effective use of spotlights and bright lights to crank up the atmosphere. I think the GPs do this much better than league speedway and I recognise they have much bigger budgets, but there is a lot can be done with a whizz kid at the keyboard and some decent equipment (bought by clubs pooling resources?).

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