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Frank Arthur a real Pioneer.!!!

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I don't know. His autobiography, Speedway Walkabout, was published in the 1970s. He, of course, repeats the claim in that. I don't know if he had any earlier books published, though he did have a regular column in the Speedway News before the War, so he probably first mentioned it there. I'll do some research.....

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In 1933 it seems Hoskins was selling two books on his tour of Australia with the England/ London/ Wembley team

'Roaring round the Speedways' and ' Crashin' through'

Which  were described thus 'John deals with the history of the sport in an entertaining manner'

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roarin-Speedways-Hoskins-speedway-racing/dp/B000XIYVH2

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I would think  that Speedway or a form of it started around 1890.

Researching the word "Speedway" in first came into use in the USA  around 1890 where a stadium promoted 2 and 4 wheel racing.

Slightly early and seems to knock out Johnny Hoskins claim

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5 hours ago, mickthemuppet said:

seems to knock out Johnny Hoskins claim

That must be the first time we have ever agreed on anything, mick! ;)

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20 hours ago, mickthemuppet said:

I would think  that Speedway or a form of it started around 1890.

Researching the word "Speedway" in first came into use in the USA  around 1890 where a stadium promoted 2 and 4 wheel racing.

Slightly early and seems to knock out Johnny Hoskins claim

That is interesting. I did find some things before around that time using the word, but it looked to be another name of a highway

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