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#1 speedyguy

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:18 PM

By John Hyam (South London Press)

‘COVENTRY’S TWO SPEEDWAYS’
From: Colin Parker, 59 Clinton Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8. Phone queries to: 01926 854 852. Email: colineparker@tiscali.co.uk
Softback, 192 pages, 155 illustrations (30 taken at the two Coventry tracks, some in sepia). Limited print run, unlikely to be repeated.
£14.99 plus £1.76 postage, packing. All profits to the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund.

THE book deals with the history of the Brandon and Lythalls Lane tracks in Coventry from 1928 until the outbreak of war in September 1939.
Among riders mentioned is Tommy Farndon in his years at Lythalls and Brandon. There is also a short chapter on the 1935 season when Farndon died after an accident at New Cross. The book carries 18 action and portrait photos of Farndon as well as a photo of his autograph.
The book also includes what is regarded as one of speedway’s greatest classic photos, a 1930 action shot taken at Wimbledon of Australian stars Vic Huxley and Billy Lamont.
Author Colin Parker said: “What I've done is to include just about every known photo of the two Coventry tracks and then add a few of the very best from elsewhere, but only when relevant to the story.
“The cover photo is a good sepia pic of the classic Tom Farndon versus Dickie Case British championship decider in 1935.”
There is also a short four-page final chapter on midget cars which ran at Coventry from 1937 to 1939. The photos include one of cars and drivers lined up at Lea Bridge; a 1938 'Brandon Car Speedway' programme cover; an action shot of Charlie Pashley leading Walter Mackereth at Brandon; and a photo of Pashley and other drivers inspecting a Skirrow midget car at Brandon.
NOTE: It is hoped that a fuller review of the book will be available in a few days time.

Edited by speedyguy, 21 June 2009 - 11:40 AM.


#2 speedyguy

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:19 AM

‘COVENTRY’S TWO SPEEDWAYS’
From: Colin Parker, 59 Clinton Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8. Phone queries to: 01926 854 852. Email: colineparker@tiscali.co.uk
Softback, 192 pages, 155 illustrations (30 taken at the two Coventry tracks, some in sepia). Limited print run, unlikely to be repeated.
£14.99 plus £1.76 postage, packing. All profits to the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund.
THE Lythalls Lane cinder-track opened in July 1928, followed by Brandon in late September. The book tells the story of the two speedways up to the outbreak of war in 1939.
It is a comprehensive history of events, of the riders, the promoters and the fans, both the serious and the comical. Every meeting is mentioned and some, either famous or infamous, are covered in more detail.
There are stories of temper tantrums, tyre cutting, lay-down engines and guest riders.
And although the the early circus-like atmosphere soon changed to more serious professional racing, both venues struggled for survival as the great depression took its toll on provincial clubs.
But there were good years as well, with spectacular leg-trailing action and the emergence of a number of local riders from obscurity to become world-class performers.
Among riders mentioned is Tommy Farndon in his years at Lythalls and Brandon. There is also a short chapter on the 1935 season when Farndon died after an accident at New Cross. The book carries 18 action and portrait photos of Farndon as well as a photo of his autograph.
The book also includes what is regarded as one of speedway’s greatest classic photos, a 1930 action shot taken at Wimbledon of Australian stars Vic Huxley and Billy Lamont.
Author Colin Parker said: “What I've done is to include just about every known photo of the two Coventry tracks and then add a few of the very best from elsewhere, but only when relevant to the story.
“The cover photo is a good sepia pic of the classic Tom Farndon versus Dicky Case British championship decider in 1935.”
There is also a short four-page final chapter on midget cars which ran at Coventry from 1937 to 1939. The photos include one of cars and drivers lined up at Lea Bridge; a 1938 'Brandon Car Speedway' programme cover; an action shot of Charlie Pashley leading Walter Mackereth at Brandon; and a photo of Pashley and other drivers inspecting a Skirrow midget car at Brandon.
The book feature almost 150 illustrations, with many photos taken at the Coventry tracks and not previously published; much material is taken from contemporary newspapers, magazines and programmes as well as comments from some of the spectators who were present at the the time.
All profits go to the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund.

Edited by speedyguy, 21 June 2009 - 11:40 AM.