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  1. old bob at herne bay

    Kent v Poole 27/7/21 6.30pm

    Even with 2 poor guests (2 points between them ) Poole win away by 14 points. Heeps is clearly still injured. Hurry really has had his day and if he wants to race should consider an NDL team. Morley doing as well as you can reasonably expect, and far too much pressure on young Gilkes every week . That wooden spoon should be in the trophy cabinet at Sittingbourne very shortly.
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    Why Do Speedway Bikes Run on Methanol?

    Don't we have enought problems with bike tyres at the moment without considering changing everyone over to a petrol engine ? Such a move would have to come from theFIM I guess to ensure ALL speedway ran on petrol engines , or we would have even higher costs for riders havign to have 2 sets of engines ! Dont see any savings for riders only increased costs. Don't see anything but negatives for changing to petrol when the world is heding towards electric powered engines ........ mmm now there's a thought (only joking)
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    KENT ROYALS 2020

    Have to say Mike.Butler, I always expect to pay to watch 2 teams of 7 riders racing. With the exception of the lad Lawrence last Saturday , seems that absences from taking part are rife. Which led to my comment about the league being "Mickey Mouse" The sort of behaviour you would expect in an Amateur speedway meeting at Lydd or Iwade. Glad you found the meeting entertaining, and you clearly enjoy cheaper admission charges to your NDL racing than I am able to watch here in Kent.
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    Kent v Poole 27/7/21 6.30pm

    Met Office forecast doesn’t look too promising .....heavy rain 1500-1600 ☹️. Hope they are wrong . Kent will be up against it with a rider short and no satisfactory cover for R/R. Heeps needs to score some points and prove his fitness......
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    Extortionate Admission Prices

    You could start by looking at offering some alternative formats for meetings...... do we have to have every race of 4 laps ? do we have to have a standing start ? Does every meeting have to have 500cc only bikes? Would the TV companies be happy to show a speedway meeting of say 45 minutes with 3 laps per race and say 4 man teams 8 heat meetings and get the riders out for the next race as soon as the previous race was finished? Open up the bars and snack bars ... put up a big screen somewhere showing action replays of all the incidents ...... Go ahead topsoil and do some blue sky thinking..... everyone thought the original 40 overs one day Sunday cricket was a joke at first. Until it appeared on the TV every week and filled the grounds. First 500 tickets sold online at the T20 get a free beer at Canterbury ...... seems to be a popular idea. Stadium owners would be happy to see more punters enjoying their facilities and eating at the tracks food outlets.
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    Extortionate Admission Prices

    Got to agree with Uk_martin on his point re quality of product. As an example T20 cricket down here in Kent - all the remaining matches have sold out ....... its £25 a ticket and £7 for 5-15 year olds. Party atmosphere, flames leap int othe air every time someone hits a boundary. Day night games add to the atmosphere. Cricket officianados scoff at the crash, bang, wallop, limited overs white ball game , but it has saved cricket from the abyss. Watching a 3 or 4 day county match is not everyones cup of tea . Someone has gone in and sorted out Cricket with choices of format, whilst speedway is stuck with 15 heats every match 4 riders 4 laps per race .............. yawn. IF the product was moved into the 21st century, interst woudl be increased , crowds would increase , and maybe prices would reflect better value for money?
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    KENT ROYALS 2020

    East end fan ….. you are correct I was NOT at Arlington. Not been there since the days of the Lakeside Hammers.
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    KENT ROYALS 2020

    This NDL is all a bit "Mickey Mouse" cannot really be taken seriously when most of the teams seem to regard it as a chance for some practice. Would have no problems with that if it were free to watch ...... but some think its worth £15 a meeting :-( :-( Yesterday evenings affair between half a team of seasulls and a royals team missing one their key riders, totally unsatisfactory for the fans who paid good money expectiong to watch 2 teams of 7 riders.
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    Kent Kings 2020?

    You have to go back to Lakeside in 2016 in what was the equivalent of the NDL when Paul last rode competitive speedway before being signed by Len in 2021. How on earth he attracted a 5 average astounds me. Some way to go if Paul is to even achieve that assessed figure this season. It honestly made me rather sad seeing Paul alst week struggling, after memories of seeing him in action at Lakeside. I wish the lad a safe season and hope he doesnt suffer any more injuries to the long list he has already.
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    Why Do Speedway Bikes Run on Methanol?

    I was always told this was about safety - methanol has much lower flammability than petrol. But it burns witha clear flame which when it does catch light makes it harder to spot. Methanol also has a high octane number allowing the use for high compression ratio engines as used in speedway. Conversely it is less enegy dense than petrol hence more fuel is needed and the "mpg figures" for a speedway bike are so poor. Indy carts used to use Methanol after a number ofpetrol fires , but now use ethanol fuel. I
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    Redcar vs Newcastle Fri 23 July

    Fair play to Redcar for offering the crowd compensation fo the delays. The reasons for delays get ever more inventive. Should they buy a pair of Raybans(other brands are available) for the refs box ?
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    Eastbourne v Scunthorpe 24/7

    “Many a true word spoken in jest” Thats what I thought when I read the match preview by Trevor Gear who states “ good to get back to normality” Yup , normal it is , R/R and a gust for both sides. . This week EB have the rub of the green with Scunny opting out of a decent gust for their number 1. Met Office show fair weather for EB so 3 points in the bag tonight.
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    Poole Pirates 2021

    I thought Greg had retired from the sport....... maybe just one more hurrah ?
  14. Took a chance on the weather for this one - amazing there hadnt been any rain in Sittingbourne. Pretty tame meeting to me .... Howarth was a very good guest and on a mission with some robust first bends, Gilkes was outstanding IMO but otherwise it was pretty much "From the Gate" stuff, which will be familiar to Arlington supporters. First "race" of the nightwas Scott versus Ed in Heat 10. Surprised that the Eastbourne youngsters Brennan and especially Kemp didn't do bettter. Just Lawson and Kennett IMO prevented what might have been a much closer aggregate score. Touch of complacency maybe, or maybe the Eagles having their wings clipped by Leicester has undermined their confidence. Kent will limp on with R/R and a guest and struggle to score 46 points to win a league match IMO ... cannot think Poole will be such a lacklustre lot as the Eagles tonight, with a dead KO Cup rubber to contest. Central Park remains a fine stadium to watch speedway, but they still need to work on the PA system, I could barely hear the announcer, missed several race heat times, which the announcer failed to repeat, and the on track interviews with riders sounded like they wer coing through a drainpipe.
  15. Any news from the track ? - live rainfall radar shows rain very close to Sittingbourne
  16. city rebel - keeping an eye on those thunderstorms, at the mo they are over Maidstone. Rainfall radar showing heavy rain is also centred on Maidstone - south of Sittingbourne. fingers crossed.
  17. old bob at herne bay

    Why speedway is failing

    Wouldn't take any notice of the companies house declarations. I am sure that all clubs have a good accountant to present the figures that suit their circumstances. In a largely cash based system who really knows what comes in and what goes out ? Most clubs are run by volunteers with a few cash paid staff. As has been said earlier, if a promoter was actually paying out £100k from his own pocket to keep a speedway club afloat he wouldn't do it twice. They must be making a living out of being a speedway promoter. Not a fortune maybe , but they certainly are not shellling out £100k a year from thier own pockets to promote a speedway club. Individual meetings bit the dust years ago when the cheap skates decided on a 12 heat format. If someone put up a new bike as a prize (a la Internationale) and run a 20 heat format with some star riders taking part the crowds would come to watch.
  18. old bob at herne bay

    Fathers and Sons

    Paul Dugard is Martin's brother. Then Kelsey Dugard is Martins son. You also have the Kennetts at Eastbourne , Gordon, Barney and Edward. Then the Collins clan , Peter, Phil , Les.
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    Kent Kings 2020?

    Looks like I can now buy a ticket " on the gate" and might take a trip tomorrow to see a CL meeting at Central Park. Let's see how I feel tomorrow. Its been a while ...... lets hope I don't jinx the meeting and invoke the curfew .
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    Eastbourne v Leicester CL 18/7/21 3pm

    To partially quote an earlier poster, with my comment in italic. "you have to hand it to the Eagles management for their track preparation" Good to be vindicated for something I knew always happened at Arlo ........ prepping the track riding lines to suit the home team happens everywhere, but doctoring the start grids is a step too far in unsportsmanlike behaviour. The "seagulls" took a pasting in part 2 as well I see in the training meeting.
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    Eastbourne v Leicester CL 18/7/21 3pm

    I believe Christina Turnbull is a regular referee at Arlington ….
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    Eastbourne v Leicester CL 18/7/21 3pm

    You couldn't make it up - seems I have been banned from Speedway Updates site for what I can only assume is my post stating the Scott Nicholls was superb and is a "wily old fox" ! That or crticism of Eastbourne's track ! Oh well their loss - was thinking about becoming an updater.
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    Poole Pirates 2021

    Good question .... maybe thats what "is holding up the paperwork" Not even Poole Speedway will be able to circumvent UK Border Force work permit rules...... unless he hitches a ride on an RNLI lifeboat from France to one of our beaches in Kent.
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    Eastbourne v Leicester CL 18/7/21 3pm

    Yup BT Sport have signed up Richard Lawson to replace Scott in the studio. Apparently part of the deal is that Lawson gets a free haircurt in "make Up" before he appears on TV.
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    Eastbourne v Leicester CL 18/7/21 3pm

    This team line ups for this fixture are beginning to resemble a pantomime. Only in speedway. (Well at least in Cricket they changed the entire team in advance of the match !) Scott Nicholls ? Is he riding for BT sport or Leicester tomorrow? Nathan Ablitt .... one of "Eastbourne's own" is he riding for his club ? Sings4Speedway suggests he isn't ?? Drew Kemp - is he still riding in Poland tomorrow ? or is the Gdansk meeting cancelled due to the GP reschedule? As for Jake Knight .... you couldn't make it up ..... Never have I seen such a set of complicated rules to prevent an English junior reserve rider being denied a ride. Surely in the "interests of speedway" he should be allowed to ride for someone tomorrow ?
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