|Speedway Books - Speedway in the South East by Norman Jacobs|
|Speedway first saw
the light of day in Great Britain on 19 February 1928 at High Beech deep
in the heart of Epping Forest. Since then speedway has spread throughout
the country and tracks now operate in England, Scotland and Wales. But
the South East of England has remained to this day one of the main centres
of the sport. Eastbourne and Rye House in particular have a long history,
starting in the early days mainly as training tracks, but today recognised
as two of the leading teams in the country with Eastbourne operating in
the Elite League and Rye House in the Premier. Arena Essex and the Isle
of Wight too are current Premier League sides, while Rye House also runs
a team in the Conference League.
This book covers the history of those tracks as well as the many others that have, in their day, provided thrills and excitement to the many thousands of speedway supporters in the area around London, including High Beech itself, Canterbury, Crayford, Dagenham, Greenford, Hastings and Romford bringing to life the exploits of riders over the years from Phil Bishop, Jack Barnett, Syd Edmonds and Bill Dallison through the likes of Wally Green, Ken Middleditch, Jimmy Squibb, Leo McAuliffe, Mike Broadbank, Stan Stevens, Colin Pratt, Gordon Kennett and Dave Jessup to Alan Sage, Laurie Etheridge, Alan Mogridge, Leigh Adams, Andrew Silver, Martin Dugard, Kelvin Tatum, Dean Barker, Ray Morton, Nigel Sadler and the 2000 World Champion, Mark Loram.
This is Norman Jacobs' third book in the highly successful series of Tempus speedway books and follows his much acclaimed Speedway in East Anglia and Speedway in London. Maintaining the same high standard, this book is a must for anyone with an interest in Britain's most exciting sport.
|Other Books by Norman Jacobs|
Speedway in East Anglia Book - Click here to order online
Covering the history of speedway from the grass track at the Firs Stadium in Norwich in 1930 up to the present day, this book features histories of all the leading teams - including Norwich, Ipswich, Yarmouth, King's Lynn, Rayleigh, Peterborough and Mildenhall.
It also describes the many star riders associated with East Anglia: from Bert Spencer, Aub Lawson, Ove Fundin in taking on all-comers to win the World Championship, through to the more recent exploits of riders such as Michael Lee, John Louis, Terry Betts, Billy Saunders, Jason Crump and Tony Rickardsson.
Speedway in London Book - Click here to order online
London was the centre of the speedway world. Just before and just after the second world war Wembley and West Ham were regularly attracting up to 50,000 spectators week in and week out. These two tracks, along with New Cross, Harringay and Wimbledon, formed the backbone of the sport in this country.
Covering the history of these teams from their very early beginnings in 1928 along with Hackney, White City, Stamford Bridge, Crystal Palace, Lea Bridge and Walthamstow, this book features the leading riders of their day, including the spectacular 'Cyclone' Billy Lamont, the tragic Tom Farndon, the immaculate Bluey Wilkinson, the human points machine Vic Duggan, Britain's first world champion Tommy Price, the irrepressible 'Split' Waterman, the technically brilliant Jack Young, the Wimbledon Kiwi world champion duo of Ronnie Moore and Barry Briggs together with some of the later stars including Malcolm Simmons, Bengt Jansson, Barry Thomas, Zenon Plech, Roger Johns and Gordon Kennett.