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  1. Hawk127

    Extortionate Admission Prices

    Joking aside, it is sad that what should be a thrilling sport finds itself in such a sad state of affairs. Yes we are probably on the same page and I use to go week in week out irrespective of the result but since 2016, it has in my opinion gone down hill and I really can only bring myself to watch the up and coming riders who do the utmost and ride with heart on sleeve. I was really hoping that the NDL meetings would be part of the entertainment at the top tracks but they just paid lip service to this idea and nothing so my local club have again lost out on my attendance. Only Mildenhall provide the sort of racing that will get my support. Raw talent but entertaining and in the main only ones way to go, that is up.
  2. Hawk127

    Extortionate Admission Prices

    No problem. Like you, I and most on here have lost the plot so back to the entertainment with WWE and the Undertaker and this will be followed by the riveting world fishing championship from a local garden pond near you. Eurosport have pulled out all the stops.
  3. Hawk127

    Witches v Stars 29th July

    It is already doing a good job of watering down so not really an issue. You cannot seriously believe that what makes up the top tier is premier, first class or any other descriptive term you may wish to apply to the top tier of the sport in the U.K. It is a make do season from a racing perspective but going forward it needs to reinvent itself and offer entertainment. Perhaps the IOW could provide some ideas. The current format of 15 heats is old hat, dead in the water and boring. Do promoters have any idea on what constitutes entertainment or better still listen to the punters to see what they would like to watch on a weekly basis throughout the summer. Long gone are the days of a weekly fix so adapt and come up with something new. Perhaps that is beyond the current crop of club owners but changes are need to widen the appeal to new riders and new fans.
  4. Hawk127

    Extortionate Admission Prices

    Are you a rider or promoter or one of those stupid enough to invest good money after bad in a business where effectively the staff (riders) dictate how, when and if a meeting goes ahead.? Riders are suppose to entertain but if the track does not suit them or the weather is not right, they rarely ride to their capabilities and simply go through the motions, hence extortionate prices to watch demonstration races and it is the riders and promoters who need a thought change unless you run the IOW then they have already provided what the punter would like to see in terms of value for money and various disciplines. Stadiums generally are crap and only speedway fans would put up with poor facilities etc. and actually pay for what you rightly say is fifteen to twenty minutes of races in two plus hours. It will not die but it might end up with part time riders and amateur competitions. Failure to crack on with changes and reinvent itself over the past twenty years in the U K finds the sport where it is today. Even the body that manages the sport has failed miserably to ensure that regular and reliable t v coverage, which should be the window on promoting the sport in the U K , is up to the job. When Eurosport can cock up the Olympic coverage what chance for a second rate down on its heels sport like speedway. In terms of what is wrong with the sport, from a fans perspective it is endless. From a promoters perspective all in the garden is Rosie and for all its faults it is basic enough, four riders and four laps yet the rule book has taken away the simplicity. It needs to go back to basics and each club really ought to be run as a business but not a hobby for a few entrepreneurs who, if it was their main operation they would have liquidated a long time back and put their money into something that might generate a return over and above bank deposit rates. I hope you local club survives.
  5. Hawk127

    Extortionate Admission Prices

    Many aspects of the sport have simply not moved with the times, they have tinkered with the number of heats over the years but it is still four laps clutch start and that is it. Team racing is rare and most ‘teamsters’ race firstly for themselves and the income with the club a secondary factor in the equation which is why I never understand why so many dislike individual meetings apart from the GP. The admission price is seemingly determined by the riders and not the paying punter. Rarely do tracks actively promote themselves or the sport either individually or collectively (some decent advertising deals are available on a number of commercial radio stations) and most could learn a thing or two from the banger racing promoters and the IOW. Despite claims from many who run the sport, it is not family friendly night out given the cost and no need to go on about the odd summer promotion re kids admission , how many regular weekly meetings are being held at all top tier tracks this year and covid is not an excuse for not thinking outside the box and putting on a motor cycle show with various two wheeled disciplines not just the gate and go merchants. Sadly with few exceptions it is boring, living in the past, over priced and going nowhere in a hurry as no one has any vision and the balls to turn it around and make it an evening spectacular and leave behind the dead wood of 15 heat league racing. First and foremost give the punter value for money as no clubs needs to chase ratings, the sport is not big enough to think like that so play to a new audience and drag the oldies screaming into the current day but do something different before it is too late for the sport and it ends up as an amateur outing for a few enthusiasts.
  6. Hawk127

    King's Lynn v Ipswich 05/07/21

    I accept what you say but if you want a weekly fix, league racing simply does not have the numbers any longer to cover a calendar of racing from April to October. I like league racing and have followed three teams since the 60’s (governed mainly by where I have lived) but I have always found that supporting the local rider facing off in a individual meeting against quality opposition and seeing up and coming talent plying their trade against some formidable opposition a useful gauge as to how they may fair in the sport. As you say each supporter has a preference and that is good but those youngsters need to test themselves in various scenarios and individual meetings may offer a different dynamic without the pressure of team racing.
  7. Hawk127

    King's Lynn v Ipswich 05/07/21

    A good performance by Ipswich but in fairness this is Championship speedway. The powers that be need to get the sport sorted and stop pretending. It does not and will not ever compete with Poland so stop dreaming and give joe public regular weekly racing with local riders and teams that the punter can relate to not the mis- mash you have today and put the meetings on when you have the best chance of a decent gate and stop using the excuse of rider availability. Make work or shut it down.
  8. Hawk127

    King's Lynn v Ipswich 05/07/21

    When you have riders like Scott who in fairness guests regularly and in most cases in a joy to watch as rider, given that he has no allegiance to any other team other than those he signed up for, why does no one want to see individual meetings with similar calibre of riders rather than just league meetings. The GPS provide entertainment and in years gone by many individual meetings offered up great competitive racing yet today’s league racing is feast and famine when it comes to quality of entertainment. I really wish a few punters would give the individual race format a chance and get behind riders rather than teams just as they use to in the 70’s and 80’s.
  9. Hawk127

    King's Lynn v Ipswich 05/07/21

    Jake Allen fell but our esteemed commentators referred to Connor. That was all I was saying.
  10. Hawk127

    King's Lynn v Ipswich 05/07/21

    Not me but that is what was said in the commentary in that heat. Listen again if you think I’m wrong.
  11. Hawk127

    King's Lynn v Ipswich 05/07/21

    I meant in that race not the meeting
  12. Hawk127

    King's Lynn v Ipswich 05/07/21

    Connor Mountain is not riding. Where did the commentators get that from as the faller. Another inept performance on and off track.
  13. Hawk127

    Is anyone losing interest

    Few outside the current followers have ever heard of many of the top riders (except for Polish supporters perhaps) and the lapsed fans may well take the view that “we have seen it all before but it won’t last” . It might be too big a financial risk for many running tracks. It is sad but the U K version has to find its own level and rebuild at club level. Outside that you have some talented riders who will rise through the ranks but for now it would seem that the best option for the weekly fix in the U K is to plough our own furrow.
  14. A genuine question as I do not know the rider but is purely down to the rider’s skill or in certain cases is it that their equipment is simply not as good as others and however good the riders ability is he may not make it because he cannot afford the cost of the equipment needed to compete at the next level up?
  15. Hawk127

    What Offends Me And/or Gets On My .....

    Getting rid of Uncle Ben on the rice and then finding Tesco’s selling ‘black farmers’ brand of sausages. Has the world gone completely mad. Should they also be selling white farmers sausages as well?

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