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Issue 51 - Lest We Forget, 50 Leicester Moments, PL saviour, Tony Kasper

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2020-21 WINTER EDITION

 Welcome to issue 51 of our quarterly magazine . . .

Remember, it's subscription-only (£20 per year in UK) from http://www.retro-speedway.com

 

LEST WE FORGET

TONY McDONALD calls for an annual British memorial meeting (Covid-19-permitting) to honour all ex-riders with UK track connections who made the ultimate sacrifice ‘in the line of duty’ and away from the track, including our cover men Alan Hunt, Tommy Farndon, Teo Teodorowicz, Jack Unstead, Ivor Hughes, Joe Abbott, Ernie Roccio, Bluey Wilkinson, Phil Bishop and the other Lokeren victims.

SAVING GRACE – How the Provincial League rescued British speedway from the brink

Now 60 years since the Provincial League’s first season ended, DOUG NICOLSON takes a season by season look at the second tier’s pivotal contribution to British speedway’s survival.

Plus . . . PL by numbers and top threes from 1960-64

FIRST CZECHS

VITEK FORMANEK recalls the first visit by a Czechoslovakian team to Britain in 1967 which earned the late Antonin Kasper a taste of team racing and another slice of history with Coventry and West Ham.

LEICESTER: 50 Memorable Moments
ROB PEASLEY looks back at the highs and lows of the Hunters and Lions in the pre-70s era at Blackbird Road. Ex-riders featured include Syd Jackson, Cyril Page, Vic Pitcher, Len Williams, Ken McKinlay, Jack Geran, Gerry Hussey, Polish trio Marian Kaiser, Stefan Kwoczala and Pawel Waloszek, plus Rick France, Norman Hunter, Ray Wilson, Anders Michanek, John Boulger and Graham Plant, etc.

BIG NIGHTS: The Laurels
Reviewing British speedway's major individual meetings, PHIL CHARD revisits the first 30 years of Wimbledon’s long-running Laurels classic. Between 1939 and ’69 past winners include: Wilbur Lamoreaux, Tommy Price, Vic Duggan, Jack Parker, Aub Lawson, Ronnie Moore, Jack Young, Ron How, Per Olaf Soderman, Ken McKinlay, Barry Briggs, Ove Fundin, Nigel Boocock, Ray Wilson and Dons’ home favourite Trevor Hedge.

CRY HOUSE

How a determined group of Rye House supporters, led by former promoter Steven Ribbons, are fighting a dubious plan to rip up this historic old race track and replace it with five-a-side football pitches for community use.

SECOND CHANCE

Name-checking all non-regular team members and others who never made the grade but rode in second-halves, junior matches and trials at two top flight tracks in the first five years of the British League, from 1965 until the end of '69 inclusive. This time we revisit Coventry and Sheffield. See how many of them you remember having a skid at the end of the swinging 60s.

Plus . . . brief obits on Bernt Persson, Pete Seaton, Rim Malskaitis, Johnny Davies and Andrzej Pogorzelski, your letters, photo quiz, crossword and a 1967 Swindon champions team photo.

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