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  1. Richard Weston

    2021 speedway season !

    Good Friday is April 2 next year and the start of Easter bank holiday weekend. Speedway should put a laser focus on that date to get the leagues going. Who knows how bad Covid-19 will be then but Good Friday should be the target.
  2. Richard Weston

    How Many Of Us Are Losing Interest.?

    I think you are right. I have managed to see 1 speedway this meeting this year so keeping up my record of watching speedway for the last 50+ years. I've not lost interest at all in the sport and have my fingers crossed for April 2021 and seeing speedway again. Pretty certain there will be some restrictions but sport seems to be singled out over fear of crowds. In contrast, it was mayhem in my local Asda on Tuesday this week. The shop was crowded, no social distancing, the store's home delivery pickers out in force, some people without masks and one lowering the mask to sneeze. Would fancy my chances far more on the terraces at Arlington or any other speedway stadium.
  3. Richard Weston

    Belle Vue Aces 2020

    Good point – but football is football and gets special treatment from the government and we are poor old speedway.
  4. Richard Weston

    Belle Vue Aces 2020

    Wonder whether govt will stop this with total Manchester lockdown and a ban on travelling into greater Manchester the city has been under restrictions for some time but Covid cases are still high. Boris will probably hit hard with a two week ban....
  5. No doubt he is working – it's a job which puts the food on the table.
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    Spot on. Plymouth, of course, were paying NDL level rates to riders. They also sold every ticket to paying spectators that they could. Add turnstile income to streaming and they could well have broken even. If Plymouth own the concessions for drinks etc, they could well have made a small profit on the 3TT. Hope they did
  7. From the BBC website (but does not give date as from when): The pilot programme will also be paused.
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    There used to be an organisation that represented magazine publishers. Wondering if it still exists and whether they had a view.
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    Royal Mail law unto itself. It has used the pandemic to reduce services. I could understand that early on with people off sick but that's not the case now.
  10. Don't know about the stream price. Plymouth did there's for £3.80. Sold all the tickets they could and then announced stream.
  11. All I am interested is in how good the racing is. The Plymouth 3TT the other week was NDL riders with a few young Championship lads. The racing was close, exciting, got better as the night went on and ended with a last-heat decider which was won in the final yard. Perfect recipe in my book. This may also mark a changing of the guard --- some of the older riders bowing out and making room for the exciting Young Guns. Scott was exciting Young Gun and pushed aside others....that's how it works.
  12. Richard Weston

    Plymouth speedway

    I I certainly did. Excellent speedway meeting and the racing got better as the meeting went on as more lines developed. Good presentation, although I think the announcer muddled the scores at least once. Last race with Tom chasing down Henry was as good as speedway gets...and in a last heat decider. Good atmosphere, good track, crowd all looked well spaced...I think Plymouth did a great job and served up some excellent speedway. Couldn't ask for more. The locals were all very friendly too. By the way, Plymouth Speedway was more Covid-19 safe than Dartmouth was the next day. The town was rammed. I drove round, couldn't find a parking space, thought about park and ride which was also crowded so headed to the more refined delights of Totnes, which was busy but not crowded.
  13. Richard Weston

    Plymouth speedway

    Mark Phillips got the weather perfect on Tuesday. Sun shone. Hope he can do the same again for the next meeting.
  14. Richard Weston

    Plymouth speedway

    Great night, great racing...very enjoyable evening
  15. Richard Weston

    Plymouth speedway

    Great news. Plymouth have done so well all round on this.
  16. Richard Weston

    Plymouth speedway

    Eastbourne have 3 youngsters in their 2020 CL team. Two are in the team to go to Devon. Drew is an Ipswich rider. Nathan Ablitt I guess starts college around that time and maybe wants to get settled before taking a day off. Also, gives Eagles a chance to look at someone else.
  17. Richard Weston

    Plymouth speedway

    What a strange thing to say: "Out for a ride." I very much doubt Tom Brennan and Jason Edwards are "out for a ride". Tom needs as much bike time as possible because he is competing in the U21 European final and Jason has been in the U19 Euros. With Bowtell, Brennan, Edwards and Ben Morley you have some of the best NDL riders around. Jake Knight is a 9pt NDL rider and wants to himself in the "shop window". Atkins is on his way up and needs every race he can get and Coles is decent too. You could argue that the standard of this meeting is a slightly higher calibre than Scunny v Lions on Sunday but I wouldn't want to get into an argument about that because this year any live speedway is good speedway in my book. Connor King is an interesting one and at his age he will want to impress and what better chance has he got than this. It may be that King will be part of the Eastbourne young rider academy, which I have heard whispers of. Apparently the academy will link to Polish and Swedish clubs. If you were a youngster, you want to be in that sort of academy and perhaps King has got wind of that too. Definitely not "out for a ride" sort of match for him and the others too. We should be celebrating the chance of seeing some live, competitive speedway in 2020. Many fans, sadly, will not get that chance.
  18. Richard Weston

    Plymouth speedway

    Easy process to buy. Works well.
  19. Richard Weston

    Plymouth speedway

    It is green for go at Plymouth for some speedway from next month. Promotion must have worked hard on that, now I hope they get the reward with fans going.
  20. Richard Weston

    Great Days Out/Places To Visit In UK

    The locals are very nasty in Lyme Regis, if you are eating fish and chips. They steal with their well-timed aerial attacks--and they are totally fearless in search of a chip. #gulls
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    Great Days Out/Places To Visit In UK

    Brilliant names. I once knew why it was called The Nobody but lost that information in the mists of time. Brilliant pub when I last visited; suspect still the same. Worth a visit when on Dartmoor.
  22. Richard Weston

    Scunthorpe Scorpions 2020

    VAT to come out of those figures too?
  23. speedwaygb said 6 at some stage in last week
  24. Richard Weston

    King's Lynn Stars 2020

    Thank you for the confirmation on that point -- I can now see/hear Mike and he was very good at those sort of phrases to give the riders some individual character....Milk it Millsy, is another I recall.
  25. Richard Weston

    Rest of the GP series

    Quite a few other continental places as well look like coming on to the list.

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