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After last years debacle with the parking, forcing many including myself to have to be effectively turned away, wasting in some cases considerable time and petrol, can we have some guarantees that this year measures will be put in place to ensure all those Speedway fans who wish to come to this event will be able to do so?

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2017 CELEBRATION of SPEEDWAY (Free car Park)

Sunday 26th February 2017 at Paradise Wildlife Park
This is the first major event of the Speedway Calendar
Exhibitors are invited to book their places (see poster)
World Champions Peter Collins and Mark Loram will be there.
The WSRA Annual general meeting will take place at 2:10pm

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Forwarded message sent by Bert Harkins:

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“Sunday 26th February and all roads will lead to Paradise Wildlife Park for the WSRA’s annual ‘Celebration of Speedway’ exhibition.

The big Events Marquee, which is normally used for weddings, will be full of stands selling old programmes, photographs, DVDs, magazines and lots of Speedway memorabilia.

There will be plenty of Speedway books for sale including Dave Morton’s “Tapes, Breaks and Heartaches”, which has been getting very good reviews, and publisher Peter Lush and John Chaplin will have the “hot-off-the-press” history of the famous Wembley Lions entitled, “When The Lions Roared”. Retro Speedway and Speedway Star will have their magazines and books and there will also be a licensed bar in the marquee when you feel thirsty. Stewart Towner will also be there with his magazine, “The Voice” so you can sign up and subscribe and become a member.

The WSRA will also have a stand in the Marquee, so please come along and say ‘Hello’ and the Speedway Museum will be open all day too.
On the stage, Rye House presenter, Craig Saul will conduct interviews with riders and guests and there will be a grand raffle too. When you get hungry, there will be a BBQ plus various food outlets around the Wildlife Park which is included in your entry to the Celebration.

Outside in the car park, there will be lots of displays with bikes where unsilenced Japs and Jawas will be fired up on the hour every hour so come along and get a whiff of “The Speedway Rider’s Aftershave”, Castrol ‘R’.

Poole’s Tim Templeton will have his display of World Champions’ body colours and we welcome to return of Hagon Shocks who will be displaying, amongst other things, bikes from Chris Holder and Lee Richardson. Due to us clashing with the Classic Motorcycle Show in previous years, Martin Hagon has been unable to exhibit at the Celebration of Speedway, but now that the date has been changed, Hagon Products are back at our Speedway show.

Colin Knight and his friends will be there with their lovely collection of Speedway machinery from the past and for modern times, former Peterborough Panther, Pete Seaton will be exhibiting his Formula 2 Speedway bikes which use engines such as Honda, KTM, etc from Enduro motorcycles with the purpose of keeping the running costs down for the rider.

Peterborough Speedway will also be there with their Road Show and it is expected that the new exciting Rye House Rockets will be present and bring along some of their new signings to meet the fans.
Now that the annual WSRA Gala Dinner Dance and Awards Night has been put to the end of the season in November, the AGM will be held at the C.o.Sp. at 2.10pm, the reason for the unusual time is that the bikes will be fired up from 2pm for 10 minutes and we don’t want to clash with them.

2016 President, Mark Loram will hand over the WSRA Chain of Office to incoming President, Neil Middleditch so there is a lot happening on the day so let’s just hope that the sun shines for us.

Paradise Wildlife Park is signposted from Junction 25 of the M25 it is easy to find. Entry to the Celebration is for a donation to the WSRA of £5 (or more if you think it is worth it!) .

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Celebration of Speedway 26th Feb 2017

Advert from Speedway Star

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Forwarded message from Bruce Cribb re the WSRA Celebration of Speedway:

 

YES ITS ALL HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY AT PARADISE PARK!!!!

Hey guys I'm going along and looking forward to meeting up with a load of my fellow ex speedway rider mates at this event, cheers see you all there!
It's only £5.00 each, and allows free entrance to the Paradise Park Zoo on the day!

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RYE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE:

 


ROCKETS READY TO CELEBRATE!

It may be just over a month until the BMR Rockets appear in the top flight for the first time in April 1st’s Premiership opener against Wolverhampton, but the 2017 Rye House season is much closer than you may think.

 

In fact, it is due to kick off a month ahead of schedule on Sunday, February 26th when the club hosts a stand at the annual Celebration of Speedway which is being staged at nearby Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne.

A number of riders from the New Era team are set to be present, including 3-times British Champion and former Grand Prix star Chris “Bomber” Harris, recent Australian Bronze winner Davey Watt and Rockets captain Edward Kennett. Co-promoter Steve Jenson and team manager and Peter Schroeck will also be there too.

 


Presenter and media man Craig Saul is set to grab words with as many as possible in the both the revamped Events Marquee and the BMR display zone along the way.

As in previous years, the Celebration will feature indoor and outdoor bike displays, racing leathers, trophies and a collectors’ fair. Former Wembley star Bert Harkins wil be signing copies of the new Peter Lush and John Chaplin book “When the Lions Roared”, in the marquee.

Paradise Park, of course, also houses the National Speedway Museum, which will be open to visitors throughout the day.

Entry to the Celebration of Speedway will be via a suggested minimum donation of £5 to assist WSRA expenses. As Paradise Wildlife Park will be open to the public as usual that day, there will be a separate entrance for the Speedway Exhibition, but your donation will still entitle you to visit the Wildlife Park with its hundreds of animals.

 

Additionally, the day’s raffle will include top prizes of two tickets for the Cardiff Grand Prix, kindly donated by BSI Speedway and a gift voucher for the Ride ‘n Slide Speedway School donated by Russell Payne.

The event formally starts at 11am. The Wildlife Park is well signposted from the A10, but the post code for Sat-Nav purposes is EN10 7QA.

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Forwarded message sent by Bert Harkins:

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Jon Stevens and The Dons Den will be exhibiting at the Celebration of Speedway at Paradise Wildlife Park on Sunday 26th February so come along all you Dons' fans and find out what is happening at the Farewell Reunion. Paradise is signposted from Junction 25 of the M25 and is easy to find. Free car parking, BBQ,Rider interviews, Unsilenced bikes started up on the hour every hour, Win 2 tickets for the Cardiff GP, it is all happening on 26th, so "Come On Down"!

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This is a forwarded message from the F2 speedway bike organisers who are understood to be attending this Sunday's Celebration of Speedway at Paradise Wildlife Park.

The message reads:

"The F2 Bikes will be at the celebration of speedway on the 26th February at Paradise Wildlife Park. "Please come and talk to us about the project."

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I will kindly ask the question again. will there be sufficient parking made available to allow the vast numbers of fans who I expect will want to attend this event to do so? as last year there clearly was not and there was no contingency plan in place to deal with such an occurrence which resulted in inconvenience to fans and lost revenue to the park itself.

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I will kindly ask the question again. will there be sufficient parking made available to allow the vast numbers of fans who I expect will want to attend this event to do so? as last year there clearly was not and there was no contingency plan in place to deal with such an occurrence which resulted in inconvenience to fans and lost revenue to the park itself.

 

​In Post 2 Claret73 you will see an advert for the event. Scroll down and towards the bottom of the advert there is a phone number - try them. The advert also has an email contact.

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According to this week's Speedway Star, a new car park holding 1000 cars has opened since last years event.

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::: FORWARDED MESSAGE sent by Bert Harkins ==== Jon Stevens and The Dons Den will be exhibiting at the Celebration of Speedway at Paradise Wildlife Park on Sunday 26th February so come along all you Dons' fans and find out what is happening at the Farewell Reunion. Paradise is signposted from Junction 25 of the M25 and is easy to find. Free car parking, BBQ,Rider interviews, Unsilenced bikes started up on the hour every hour, Win 2 tickets for the Cardiff GP, it is all happening on 26th, so "Come On Down"!

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Just wanted to say well done all involved for making this event a great one, there was indeed tons of parking and the event at least early on wasn't too crowded, so many familiar faces from the world of speedway around and i love seeing all the old bikes from various era's and Craig saul as always very professional on the mic.

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Forwarded message:

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Celebration of Speedway 2017

By Bert Harkins

“What a great day at Paradise Wildlife Park with a record turnout for the annual Celebration of Speedway, around 1,500 eager visitors came to see this pre-season exhibition, the skies may have been grey and cloudy but the atmosphere throughout the day was very sunny indeed.

Organised by the Committee of the WSRA and hosted by Rye House presenter, Craig Saul, the event ran like clockwork. New loudspeakers situated in the outside display area meant that everyone could hear what was going on no matter if they were inside the Events Marquee or amongst the crowds inspecting the outdoor displays.

Prior to the event, ‘Storm Doris’ had disrupted the ‘Best Laid Plans O’ Mice And Men’ for the outdoor area but come Sunday, all the exhibitors were accommodated in the show area, including a couple of vans which arrived with bikes but had not pre-booked a space!

It was good to see some teams such as Rye House, Peterborough, Isle of Wight, Mildenhall and Plymouth taking advantage of the show and promoting their clubs, and bringing along some of their riders as that is what Speedway is all about,…promoting this exciting sport to as many people as possible. The outdoor displays were all very popular with the “Beat The Starter” gating machine, Simon Wigg’s World Championship Long Track bike and the undercover BBQ area always had queues of hungry visitors.

Bikes from by-gone eras were fired up in the pits area on the hour, every hour, giving everyone that whiff of Speedway Aftershave, Castrol ‘R’.

Indoors, in the new revamped marquee, the Collectors’ Fayre was in full swing and the WSRA stand was kept busy with bookings for the Spring Lunch on Saturday 27th May and signing up new members for the WSRA. The new Gold, Silver and Bronze membership cards have been well received and the BSPA Rider’s Pass which gives free entry to ex riders if they bring along a paying guest is proving popular. It enables an ex rider to get in to a BSPA meeting free of charge but the promoter doesn’t lose out as he still has a paying guest coming along.

Chain of Office was handed over from outgoing President Mark Loram to the new incumbent of that honoured post, Neil Middleditch. The raffle went off well with plenty of excellent prizes including 2 tickets for the Cardiff GP, courtesy of BSI Speedway, Tickets for Plymouth Speedway, Training days with the Ride ‘n’ Slide School and the Hagon Shocks Academy, Membership to The Southern Riders Association, a day feeding the big cats at Paradise Wildlife Park and much more.

By the end of the afternoon, as the crowds began drifting away, everyone commented on what a great time they had had, catching up with old friends and meeting many of the current and former riders who were there, from World Champions, Peter Collins and Mark Loram, and the ever popular, “Bomber”, Chris Harris.

This event continues to grow every year and ideas and plans for next year’s WSRA Celebration , which will be the 90th anniversary of Speedway starting at High Beech in 1928, are already underway, it may even be a 2-day event, so put the dates in your diary, Saturday 17th February 2018 and Sunday 18th February 2018, for an even bigger and better Celebration of Speedway”.

Edited by gustix

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