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ISSUE 90 (JANUARY - FEBRUARY, 2019)

Issue 90 is on sale and here's a flavour of what to expect . . .

THE MONEY MEN

One of many elements missing from modern speedway is the excitement of the transfer market. When the old rider control system was phased out, and a points limit instituted, it soon coincided with a decade in which buying and selling of riders was much in vogue – and, as he recalls here, MARTIN ROGERS was king of the wheeler-dealers.

We also list the biggest movers of the 1970-89 period, all riders who were involved in transfer deals in excess of £10,000.

SON OF MY FATHER: KYM & IVAN MAUGER

In the first of a regular new series, RICHARD BOTT talks to the man who had the impossible task of trying to follow in the tyre tracks of the legend widely regarded as the greatest-ever speedway rider. Kym Mauger, who had spells with Newcastle and Glasgow in the 80s, opens up about life with his famous dad, Ivan.

THAT WAS THE YEAR: 1983

ANDREW SKEELS reflects on a year in which double winners Cradley Heath ruled the top sphere, Newcastle regained the National League title, Denmark began a long unbroken spell of world domination, Egon Müller became the home track hero, while Leicester suffered a crushing, terminal blow.

SCUNTHORPE: 50 Memorable Moments

They were tagged 'unfashionable' and endured many seasons of struggle but as ROB PEASLEY records, Scunthorpe were once led by a Scottish legend and, in more recent times, a future three times World Champion.

CHRIS MARTIN Exclusive interview

Not even a bad injury that ended his brief British racing career can spoil Chris Martin's happy memories with Weymouth in the early 80s, when he was 'living the dream'. PHIL CHARD catches up with a former referee, GP start marshal and friend of the Briggs family.

THE WRITE STUFF DON ALLEN

As TONY McDONALD and others who knew the creator of the groundbreaking Speedway Stop Press observe, they don't make journalists like this innovative, diligent, honourable gentleman anymore.

DAG LOVAAS – Exclusive interview

A recent emotional visitor to Oxford Stadium was Norwegian Dag Lovaas, the No.1 for Rebels in 1975, who was making his first return to his former track since riding in an inter-league four team tournament at Cowley in 1976.

THE LATE SHOW

The British speedway season is officially meant to end on the final day of October. But, as DOUG NICOLSON explains, extensions into November – even for less important fixtures – were by no means unusual.

 To order this issue or subscribe, please visit www.retro-speedway.com

 

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Another very good read...especially enjoyed the article on Dag Lovaas and his recent visit to Oxford (photos supplied by my uncle, one time Oxford track photographer, Keith Lawson).

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Very interesting interview with Kym Mauger, so good to see that he made a success of his life in a different field. Must be so hard to be a son of a legend if you try to go into the same sport.

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As good as Phil was not sure you could compare him to Ivan

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