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    Why speedway is failing

    As did Hull. All those huge wins with 5-1's slammed in almost for fun come at a cost....
  2. I recall a spectator being tragically killed at an F1 race, I believe in the early 2000's, when following a pile-up an errant wheel went through a gap in the armco barrier into a spectator area. It was such a multi-million to one occurance: imagine on a speedway track part of a bike going through the one gap in each and every every speedway fence, the small 2" - 3" gap where the tapes pass through to the outer starting gate post. That is the equivelant of what happened....
  3. Eric Boocock mentions in his excellent book "Booey, Around In Circles" that he once saw a lady fan climb the ladder to the refs box at Halifax to protest his exclusion. He later found out - it was his own mum (!) ....
  4. Once a meeting at Craven Park Hull in 1999 was rained off, I should say 'monsooned off'. As I drove into CP car park you know those videos of folk on a Niagra Falls boat trip and they ride under a wall of water, it was just like that. 20-odd year ago rain offs apart, I also recall in Scunny's CL days, the fixtures fell, CL, KOC, rain off replay?, that Plymouth visited 2 or maybe even 3 consecutive weeks. Now compared to Glasgow Scunny is relatively 'just up the road' but, each time half or dozen or more Plymouth fans turned up wearing team caps, most with 'red devil' capes. Good stuff....
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    Eurosport

    I normally watch live-ish at my mum's inbetween the soaps, or Saturdays at my mates for the GPs / SONs / SECs but recently I've relied on the Quest hi-lites. Quick comment re shedeuling; why are Wolves shown almost every week, apparently on 12 July it's Belle Vue v those Wolves, again........
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    NEW LOOK FOR STAR

    So phone them up on 020 8335 1113 9am-2.30pm, my copy now arrives in the clear bag and, touch wood (taps temple), gets delivered reilably. Speaking as I find: on the rare occasions my 'Star hasn't turned up at all, say once a year, a quick call to Dave Fairbrother ( a man of few words who gets things done ) and a replacement in a brown envelope arrives the next day. Every time ....
  7. Excellent clips there, for some reason 'on-bike' or 'helmet cam' footage often doesn't come out very good, but that was great. I assume shoulder mounted cameras were used....
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    Get Well Soon Dicko!

    Shame he's ill and was a good entertainer. He certainly provided entertainment at Hull and think it was when Long Eaton folded he was approached to join the Vikings but didn't sign as he wasn't keen on the Craven Park track apparently, fair enough. That said, you'd never know he wasn't a CP fan as he always gave the home riders a hard time and I'd have been quite happy had he become a Viking. Get well soon....
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    Somerset Closure

    And Hull. Shame the sport losing another track & team, premanently this case, and gotta feel for Rebels fans. Thing is, someone told me a long time ago "if you ever come into money (some hope) invest in land, the value will always go up as they don't make it anymore"....
  10. I'll just add that "personal privacy isn't an issue until it is lost", trust me on that, I'll say no more....
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    Eurosport

    No wasn't Thomas, it was grey poodle-type specimen, loved its speedway (and its crisps) though.
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    Eurosport

    So is doggo an Aces or Tigers fan Used to be a couple from Peterborough regularly brought their dog into the stand at Hull when the Panthers were in town. Think it enjoyed the racing while dining on crisps inbetween heats, my sometimes-speedway-fan girlfriend initially didn't beleive me so ensured she attended Hull v Peterborough meets just to see the dog . As you do.....
  13. As above (belatedly) I always enjoy reading Backtrack over and over (!), and very good to hear from Brain Larner, much more has been heard of and from Ian Thomas. Shame their partnership & friendship ended with moving Newcastle into the top league, both realsied on reflection it was a mistake, you can't win 'em all but they had a lot of success in speedway....
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    Belle Vue Aces 2020

    Good for you ! A previous job of mine was helping run 'Silver Surfer' & 'Computing For The Terrified' courses. Pretty much "this is the keyboard, this is the mouse, the computer won't laugh at you or bite, just because you don't know how to use one yet is no relfection on your abilities, as with everything you just need to learn", etc. One lovely old lady joined to learn word processing to, and I quote: "get her life story in print before she pegged it", i.e passed away. Well after getting her story 'down', she went on to learn basic accounting and literally ended up preparing the accounts for a row of shops in her village, I moved jobs and lost track of what she did next. Many such courses finished in Hull and the surrounding area due to the usual lack of funding, at one centre all the computers got half-inched (!), but mainly due to lack of interest by the local populace. Shame as there are still folk who want to learn about such things....
  15. At the risk of stating the obvious; if the replaced track vehicles are road legal, and I fully understand they may not need to be if only used on the track, one solution could be possibly moving them to different locations before and after meetings. Another suggestion, which a promoter [name redacted] told me was when the stadium got broken into and his tractors regularly vandalised, but no other damage took place, they actually caught the culprit(s) and gave them jobs working on the track. Problem solved - no more vandalism and it worked out cheaper than constant repairs to track equipment and apparently they did good work on the track. Obviously suggestion 2 is potentially of high risk and would depend greatly on the character of the people concerned.....
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    Scunthorpe Scorpions 2020

    Hull Vikings fans wouldn't complain too much either. A team full of great riders would be brilliant for fans of every club, but I guess the main thing for 2021 is to get a competitive league season up and running, then take it to and from 2022....
  17. I loved King Cinder, used to rush back from school to watch, even non-fans watched it, 'missed' detention and after school activities if necessary; at times you have to do what you have to do. Often thought Colin Richardson would have made an excellent stunt double for actor Peter 'Blue Peter' Duncan as they looked a bit alike, would be great to see it again, guess a lot depends if it is stored and preserved in the BBC archives.....
  18. Just to let everyone know the CHiPs episodes with Bruce Penhall are being shown on ForcesTV Channel at either 6:00PM or 2:30AM and repeated at weekends. Sky Channel 181, or Freeview 96. From what I recall there weren't many episodes which featured speedway; one called Speedway Fever, and there isn't much and the one centered around the 1982 World Final, it isn't that great and is pretty 1980's cheesy and possibly a bit of a wasted opportunity but are worth watching from historical interest. Shame Bruce left Cradley Heath & speedway itself, but you cant really blame him; vis a vis the queues of hopefulls waiting in all weathers to audition for 'Britain's Doesn't Have Any Talent Nor The X-Factor' - type shows in the quest for fame & fortune Stardom. Looking forward to the speedway bikes, meantime gotta love those Kawasaki Z900 & Z1000's which are worth a small fortune these days. Think I need to get out more....
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    Odsal

    Ommited the 'magic' word in my own post: "Hope I'm wrong but if Odsal was considered a GP venue think it's too late for this year.", yeh Odsal not mentioned. With the Covid situation chnaging almost by the day like last year think the GPs will take place at the venues if / when they are able to...
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    Odsal

    Hope I'm wrong but if Odsal was considered a GP venue think it's too late for this year. After obviously needing new speedway pits, etc building, I think a test meeting would need to be staged before acquiring an FIM 'good to go' ticket. That was certainly the case for the USA World Final in 1982 (the Penhall / Carter one) at teh LA Collesiuim a US qualifier was run there the year before. I'm sure I recall seeing pics of half the Belle Vue time testing out Odsal prior to a qualifier meet and then the 1985 Final itself, even though it had previously staged speedway it was classed as a new venue and the track was much improved on the previous circuit. I loved my visits to Bradford, before and especially after Hull re-opened in 1995.....
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    Driving After Dark

    Without getting into anything, I knew what I was doing, which I'm aware can turn easily into 'famous last words': mostly straight road, LED headlights on full - they literally do almost turn nite into day, a calculated risk one might say. Plus I am too familiar with at particular stretch of road having made too many similar desperaste, nite-time dashes (put the tiny violins away, sometimes shoot just happens). Plus, plus I am WAY too scared of my mum, whose car it is, to take any risk in stuffing it , but seriously, sometimes you have to do what you have to do. A friend who used to be a driving instructor, asked one pupil to go straight across a roundabout without turning left or right, they did exactly that and drove right over it. Another was asked to turn right at a roundabout, and did so, turned immediately right, the wrong way around with the roundabout on their left hand side. Another kept the car screaming in 2nd gear at 7,000 RPM for ages as they waited for the instructor to tell tell them to change up. What finally caused him to give up being a DI was the number of people who had numerous near misses, or actually hit someone or something, didn't realise why and scaringly didn't seem to even care....
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    Driving After Dark

    At the risk of stirring the pot in both directions; the last time I did '60 in a 30' was at 2:20am last year, rushing to be at the bedside of a dying relative. Ok, well naughty but I knew there would be little to no traffic (there wasn't any), hoped any local plod would be sympathetic, I know the roads well and am, hopefuly, a good driver - no accidents, convictions, nil points on licence. Obviously I don't reccomend or condone such, arguably, legitimate 'boy- racer hooligansim' at all, but there are times one needs to step up big style and do one's best. Sadly didn't make it in time but I'd probably do the same again. On the other side of the coin, one of my uncles in one eye has a condition (cateracts ?) which means he doesn't drive at all after dark as he sees 'stars' under street lights, especially if it's raining, not sure whether he just doesn't drive at night or isn't permitted to. Irellevant really as sadly, few people will ride with him as he regularly pulls out of his, admittedly quiet, cul-de-sac without looking (!) as "no one ever comes drives down here" , well one day someone might. In other words he can drive ok but is, a 'tad' (!) arrogant with his driving habits and attitude....
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    IOW 2020

    Now THIS is also promotion ^^. Really appreciate the offer Barry, but I have proggies from Hull's IOW visits, I downsized (?) my speedway collection focusing mostly on Hull Vikings & Ivan Mauger related items or other meetings I attended, or 'special' ones e.g. SGPs, SWC, SONs, Test Matchs, etc. as I literally had boxes and boxes (and boxes) of stuff. The items I disposed of BTW; a lot was given to a fellow collector in Hull, some posted to a good friend & Glasgow supporter and vast amount of NL progs from 1970's to mid 1980's, many relating to Scunny, were given to a guy who works at Scunny speedway, so it all went to speedway-related good causes. I hope IOW can come to the tapes in some from in 2021 and I wish you and Martin all the very best for the future. Good luck....
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    IOW 2020

    With speedway-oriented friends, workmates and, going back a few years school pals, it has always been a saying between us "if you are near such-and-such town and go to the speedway, get me a proggie please". Always say it semi-jokingly to relatives too. Well, one year my folks went to the IOW on holiday, on returning they told me "you'll never believe it, but on alighting the ferry to arrange transport inland to the hotel, at the railway station / taxi rank (I forget which) the first thing we saw was a billboard advertising IOW speedway". Now THAT's promotion, though my admittedly non-speedway folk didn't attend a meeting so never got me a proggie. Oh well, can't win 'em all....
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    Kelly Moran - 'A Hell of a Life'

    A great read, one heck of a talented rider Kelly certainly lived life to the full....
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