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  1. norbold

    Tough times for football clubs

    Chelsea (Stamford Bridge) are still in the Premier League, though they are having a bit of a rough time this year!
  2. Yes, you're quite right. Sorry. I was going from memory and had forgotten he was in our team. Sorry, Tommy!
  3. My first race was on 11 May 1960. New Cross v. Norwich. Result: 1. Aub Lawson 2: Jimmy Gooch 3. Split Waterman 4. Harry Edwards. Neither any of the riders nor the teams still with us. Out of the 16 riders in that match, I think only two are still with us today, Ove Fundin and Reg Luckhurst (nos 4 & 11resepectively in the Oldest Surviving World Finalists list).
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    Oldest Surviving World Finalists

    Eight for me…
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    When You're Smiling...

    Sorry, this is the wrong thread, but Kurt Petersen was before Preben Andreasen.
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    Track records

    No, I'm sure Steve is correct.
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    Track records

    I can remember when the start and finish line were in different positions at Wimbledon as Steve says, but I can't remember the dates.
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    Would these tracks have reopened in 1964

    I'm sure you are right about that. So, for some of us at least, the NL/PL split was a great blessing!
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    British League:West Ham 1965, Halifax 1966?

    Though, as I said above, when I said that Tony Clarke rode in nine matches, Ted Ede rode in 16.
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    British League:West Ham 1965, Halifax 1966?

    Actually, I don't think either should be removed. I think you were right to include them both in the first place because Tony took over from Ted, so, in a sense, their averages should be combined.
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    British League:West Ham 1965, Halifax 1966?

    I think the point about Ted Ede is that he rode in 16 matches as opposed to Tony Clarke's 9. Maybe it is Tony Clarke's average that should be removed?
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    US national championships 20s + 30s

    Very true. It is highly likely that the first speedway meetings were held in America rather than Australia if we accept that an essential ingredient of speedway is racing round oval tracks on motor bikes without brakes and sliding round the bends.
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    US national championships 20s + 30s

    Apparently, he was good at falling: https://www.newspapers.com/article/wilmington-daily-press-journal-ray-paret/25597862/
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    US national championships 20s + 30s

    Whatever happened to Snooks Blankenburg?
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    Wilbur Lamoreaux

    Count me in....
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    Wilbur Lamoreaux

    No, but the Twisted Too Bar & Grill doesn't look too bad...https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g36631-d22994828-Reviews-Twisted_Too_Bar_Grill-Roseville_Illinois.html
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    First Ever BL Race

    I think there were several people at that meeting including Speedyguy, Gustix, Mr Hyam and someone called Jack Keen who I believe came from Erith in Kent.
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    Oldest Surviving World Finalists

    Gem is still active on Facebook.
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    First Ever BL Race

    ...and New Cross!!!
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    First Ever BL Race

    Presumably because all the tracks (originally) were outside London. It also harked back to the pre-War Provincial League which was an equivalent sort of second division.
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    First Ever BL Race

    West Ham's win was more to do with the great improvement in Malcom Simmons' form than in adding Tony Clarke. Malcolm was, of course, a former PL rider.
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    Oldest First time World Final Winner

    And yet, the originator of the thread mentioned Greg Hancock himself in his opening post. Strange, eh?
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    Oldest First time World Final Winner

    Yes, I agree. I think Tommy Price was a better rider and more worthy World Champion (twice if you include the 1946 Riders' Championship) than he is generally given credit for. The fact he and Freddie Williams were both Wembley riders and therefore riding at home always seems to mark them down a bit. The "missing years", 1939-1945, are, of course, a field of endless speculation. There are a number of riders who are often touted as losing out on multiple world championships. Tommy, as you mention, but also Vic Duggan, Jack Parker, Cordy Milne, Arthur Atkinson, Eric Chitty, Eric Langton and Aub Lawson in particular. But there were many others who would have been contenders - Lionel Van Praag, Ron Johnson, Bill Kitchen, Jack Milne, Wilbur Lamoreaux....and on and on!
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    Speedway on film

    Not easy to come by. In 1992, Money for Speed was included in the BFI's Missing Believed Lost project, a list of 100 lost British feature films that it was hoped could somehow be recovered. Two prints were later found, one dubbed into French and the other with German subtitles. Don't know how you can get to see them though.
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    The first Internationale in 1981

    Great piece of work, Robbie. Such an important addition to speedway history. And thank you for your acknowledgement.
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