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Hi guys, something a little different that we hope will be of interest to all speedway fans.

Tomorrow, Sunday 10th May, at 6pm a new type of speedway is coming…. Are you ready for suspense, excitement, and speedway? Are you ready to be entertained, to see a real speedway meeting which you do not know the result of?

We kick off tomorrow at 6pm – this is a game changer.

Join Barry Bishop in the YouTube live chat room from 6pm, as we watch the action unfold.

The countdown is on now

 

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Virtual Skid 5 Premieres 7pm on Thursday July 2nd 2020 on the Speedway Portal YouTube Channel.

Oxford 'Cheetahs' vs Swindon 'Robins'

Former Oxford rider Spencer Timmo takes charge of the Cheetahs, with current Swindon Commercial Manager Lee Kilby leads the Robins.

Fans joining Barry Bishop in the Premiere chat room on YouTube will have a chance to win some merchandise during the Premiere.

 

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Cracking meeting tonight between Oxford and Swindon. Well worth a view whoever your team is

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13 hours ago, Triple.H. said:

Cracking meeting tonight between Oxford and Swindon. Well worth a view whoever your team is

Great stuff!

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15 hours ago, Triple.H. said:

Cracking meeting tonight between Oxford and Swindon. Well worth a view whoever your team is

Almost as good as the real thing, some great racing and legends. The return leg should be a cracker. Thanks to everyone involved in putting this together. For those who have not watched it give it a try. You become engrossed and feel part of it. Looking forward to the next meeting. This could be a good winter filler as well.

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20 hours ago, Hawk127 said:

Almost as good as the real thing, some great racing and legends. The return leg should be a cracker. Thanks to everyone involved in putting this together. For those who have not watched it give it a try. You become engrossed and feel part of it. Looking forward to the next meeting. This could be a good winter filler as well.

Yes I thought that it's a very good concept and both Spencer Timmor & Lee Kilby really got into the swing of the thing. I hope that a return leg can be arranged...I'd look forward to it. Well done to everyone involved!

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Virtual Skid 6 Premieres 7pm on Thursday July 16th 2020 on the Speedway Portal YouTube Channel in association with John Carpenter Speedway Spares.

Cradley 'Heathens' vs Coventry 'Bee's'

Former Cradley rider Garry Stead takes charge of the Heathens, with former Coventry rider Adam Roynon leading the Bees.

The meeting is in aid of the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund with all proceeds going to the charity.

A text line has been setup to take £5 donations to the BEN FUND during the Premiere and beyond.

Fans joining Barry Bishop in the Premiere chat room on YouTube will have a chance to win the 4 x meeting DVD's used in the meeting, along with 2 x tickets to the 2021 BEN Fund meeting.

There is also a silent auction running until tapes up on heat 10 to join Garry Stead, Adam Roynon, Barry Bishop & Andy Hague in a private zoom chat room directly after the Premiere concludes.  To enter please email your bids to virtualskid@yahoo.com

 

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Virtual Skid 7 Premieres 7pm on Thursday July 30th 2020 on the Speedway Portal YouTube Channel in association with John Carpenter Speedway Spares.

Isle of Wight 'Wightlink Warriors' vs Mildenhall 'Fen Tigers'

SCB Referee Christina Turnbull takes charge of the Warriors, with Mildenhall super fan Ellie Kirk leading the Fen Tigers.

Fans joining Barry Bishop in the Premiere chat room on YouTube will have a chance to win 2 x 2016 meeting DVD's used in the meeting.

 

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I see that Barry is planning to go weekly very soon if he can get sponsorship but with only a hundred or so viewing at the time of broadcast I can’t see it’s got legs. Any thoughts.

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22 hours ago, Dickie Head said:

I see that Barry is planning to go weekly very soon if he can get sponsorship but with only a hundred or so viewing at the time of broadcast I can’t see it’s got legs. Any thoughts.

I have watched all the Virtual Skid meetings but only one of them at the time they are first shown. I suspect many people watch them the next day or later in the evening. 

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Hi Dickie,

First off we would like to thank you for your continued support for the Virtual Skid streams, you have posted positively promoting Virtual Skid in various threads on the forum and that hasn’t gone unnoticed by us.

Regarding the viewing figures, you are correct that just over 100 viewers tuned in live to watch the Premiere of Virtual Skid 7, however it remains viewable on catch-up as Chris has mentioned above for those who were unable to watch live as is all past Virtual Skid streams.  These viewing figures continue to increase daily.  We constantly monitor various streams up and down the country and can say our viewing figures for Virtual Skid, SGB streams aside, sit well alongside regular club meeting streams and in many cases gain more Premiere viewings than a good portion of them.  Also, there are many other private statistics available on our streams which are even more important to us than the view count visible to the public below the videos.

Amongst others, just one important observation the public view count doesn’t show is that friends are starting to get together to watch it in groups and multiple families are doing the same, so whilst the view count may show 1, there are in fact, in some cases that we know of over 10 people watching on that count alone.  All of the speedway streams from the various production companies within the sport have been a massive help to people up and down the country in so many ways during the current situation.  Many people print out our race card, put the Virtual Skid Premieres in their diaries, watch it with their families and friends, engage and many take the time to send us dedicated emails and messages privately of thanks etc.  It makes it worthwhile in many ways to try in every way we can to continue to produce the Virtual Skid streams.

Sponsorship wise, we have already hit our minimum target to allow us to go weekly for the next 4 instalments with 8 heats, meetings sponsor and 1 team sponsor per meeting already taken before any teams have been announced.  Although we are in good shape, we do need more support for the future, we still have those remaining 7 heats available along with other opportunities to get involved.  We do try at all times to promote those who help us and give back as much value as we possibly can.

There is an incredible amount of hours involved in producing a Virtual Skid meeting stream, well over 15 times that of a standard meeting stream that is already recorded and edited.  The sponsorship goes towards making it possible to dedicate that time weekly (or as close to it) for the fans to continue to enjoy, for free.  And it is great to see that multiple speedway production companies have already been involved with us (Speedway Portal, Oxford Speedway Productions & Classic Speedway Videos) and we continue to reach out to other production companies to include footage from multiple clubs, tracks and teams along with featuring a variety of fans, riders and officials from within our sport.

With only 7 Virtual Skid meetings so far, we are still at the infancy of our journey.  So for everyone who sponsors us, supports us and watches our Premieres we thank you for your support, and look forward to growing Virtual Skid with many new tweaks and ideas already in mind to implement as we progress.

Andy and Barry

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