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It does say a full inventory of exhibits is listed on the website of the Greenford museum,so if you know where the website is,you can see if the bikes you are looking for are listed.Glad to help out again :-)

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Because the answer to your question was basically given in the link you provided,it sort of confirms my suspicion that your interest in things you post is strangely limited....

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I currently have an inquiry at the London Motorcycle Museum in regard to the speedway bikes of Stan Tebby and George Bason. I did have a PM from a BSF member to tell me that neither are now on display. This is an inventory of the many bikes that are housed at the Museum, but it appears to only be up to the year 2013.

http://www.london-motorcycle-museum.org/inventory.html

Do you think the Tebby and Bason bikes might have been sold by then or was it after that they were acquired?From yur opening post it seems they used to be displayed,but no longer are,which could indicate they are now somewhere else.....Plot thickens

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A speedway bike used by former Southampton captain George Bason was once at the London Motorcycle Museum This I think is now at the National Speedway Museum.

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So we just have to track down the Tebby bike and the world is ok again.......

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Greenford was among the first tracks in the London area in the late 1920s but is now forgotten.

This thread about the track appears on the London Motorcycle Museum website:

http://www.london-mo...d-speedway.html

How do you justify the term 'forgotten'?

 

I mean if you do a search of this forum in Years gone by,you will find a number of mentions as well as having its own section in the super book Homes of British Speedway,which suggests it is far from forgotten,just that it didn't operate for very long....By the way Billy Galloway won the main event in the first meeting.Is this commemorated in the London Museum in any way?

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Here's an item in regard to both two and four wheel racing at Greenford in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

http://midgetcarpanorama.proboards.com/thread/5/forgotten-greenford

Which helps prove my point that it isn't "forgotten" :nono:

 

Maybe 'obscure' would be better?It wasn't a Wimbledon,Wembley or West Ham and had no great facination like short lived Stamford Bridge because of another popular sport being held there

 

I could probably supply links to 10 different threads on here Greenford has been mentioned.This surely shows it isn't a forgotten track,just doesn't justify being mentioned as much as tracks that held league speedway for years or decades

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The Link indicates IMO that Greenford was used more for car racing events than motorcycle races.

So,agreeing with me that it was a bit obscure rather than forgotten.This article doesn't mention Greenford,but does give a mention to first meeting winner Billy Galloway

 

Fasten your earmuffs. Speedway is screeching down to the wire. Last night, at Reading, the first leg of the 2006 Elite League play-off final had the hometown Bulldogs snarling, four turns a lap, at the Peterborough Panthers. British speedway is alive, noisy, and fondly followed by a small but ardent hard-core of obsessives.

The sport of the 500s - 500 people watching 500cc engines - remains a specialist passion in around 30 of Britain's suburbs. In spite of the din, it is a seductively homely pastime.The snug, almost secret freemasonry of 1950s soccer crowds (although without the numbers) pervades the sharp, autumn night air. On the track, techniques, too, are uncomplicated: no brakes, no gears, just four riders powersliding through successive hailstorms of shale. Pound for pound, speedway bikes accelerate faster than formula one cars.

The breakneck daredevils these days are almost exclusively from overseas. Of the 14 in the two seven-man teams last night, only one reserve, Richard Hall, was British. Eastbourne, the Elite team fielding most Brits - four out of seven - failed to qualify for the play-offs. The top riders flit from country to country and from team to team, and even those assigned to British sides might make the start line only occasionally - especially this summer with its grand prix internationals and ever more healthy leagues in Poland, and Sweden. A new Russian league is even reportedly offering top racers appearance fees of up to £5,500.

At the end of the month, William Hill announces the shortlist for its sports book of 2006. If the author Jeff Scott's impulsively oddball doorstop is not already in pole position, then it jolly well should be. Showered in Shale (Methanol Press, £20) is a strikingly hectic labour of love, an urban odyssey, a bucking, breathless round-Britain whizz in pursuit of his obsession. To log this dense but irresistible social documentary, last season Scott travelled more than 10,000 miles to watch 1,100 races at speedway's 30-odd tracks. From Glasgow to the Isle of Wight, Newport to Sittingbourne, Workington to Poole; he talked, obviously, to riders and fans, but also to promoters, programme-sellers and the bloke running the hot-dog stand - the last three often one and the same.

I have never been to a meeting, but I've got the picture all right after this captivatingly cranky revelation into one of the most cloistered, concealed and dimly lit recesses of Britain's sporting culture. The national public prints seldom shine the remotest glimmer on speedway but at least Sky's skilful, matey and intimately strident coverage has made to a devoted few all the more heroic these handlebar Hanses, leathered Larses and intrepid knee-sliding Svens and helped turn speedway, as it claims, into Britain's second most popular summer sport.

Mind you, as in any game, old timers yearn for the good old days - in this case around half a century ago when riders diced in front of sell-out throngs at Wembley and Belle Vue. As the informed and kindly Australian legend Neil Street told Scott: "Three-quarters of these modern riders can't ride. They get too complicated over technical ratios, clutches and ignitions when the whole thing is simply about throttle control - and then riding just like a jockey, feeling everything through their backsides."

Two Aussies were British speedway's founding fathers: Keith Mackay and tearaway Billy Galloway - "the demon broadslider" - were the fabled pioneer rider-promoters in the 1920s. Thirty thousand turned up to their inaugural one-off grand prix, ridden on a specially prepared cinder track behind the King's Oak pub at High Beech near Epping in Essex on Sunday, February 19, 1928. They advertised it as "dirt-track racing" - the first ever European championships of "speedway" were run 70 summers ago in France.

I might never have been to a proper speedway meeting, but in February 1998 I did go to that renowned Epping site - now a forest conservation centre - for its jubilee party and some memorial laps of honour, organised by the Veteran Riders' Association. Heart-warming and noisy: I was privileged to meet five of those who had ridden in that first 1928 meeting - Vic Tidbury and his brother Jack, Ron Howes, Nobby Stock and Archie Windmill.

I could tell who they were long before I reached the low little cafe table at which they were sitting. Each ancient sat dangling a knee so it almost scraped the floor; and, in turn, each monkey-wrench handshake confirmed their history.

By Frank Keating in the Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2006/oct/03/comment.gdnsport3

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Probably time to update. DEFNCT!!!site then.Is it the only track that doesn't get a mention???

Greenford was so famous as a motorcycle speedway that it DOESN'T get a mention on the respected DEFNCT SPEEDWAY TRACKS website.

http://www.defunctspeedway.co.uk/G.htm

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