Jump to content
British Speedway Forum


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by GWC

  1. GWC

    Wolves Closure

    All had to produce a negative test I understand
  2. GWC

    KENT v EASTBOURNE May 31st

    Len has always treated the NDL as a training league - yes he likes winners but as I know from Rye House days it was about giving young riders track time and their development.
  3. GWC

    Breakaway League

    Maybe so but the bspl will outlaw and ban any rider who rides on a track not under their control. It happened back in the early 60’s when Mike Parker set up the Provincial league without authorisation from the then National league promoters. Riders were blacklisted and a closed shop then but as it turned out it was the saving of speedway when both leagues combined in 1965.
  4. GWC

    Breakaway League

    If non league tracks want to continue their existence then surely they should be allowed to operate under an open licence. It used to happen in the days of Rye House Eastbourne Plymouth before they moved into or back to league racing.
  5. GWC

    Birmingham Brummies 2020

    There are specialist insurers (I used to work for one) who would happily insure equipment like this. The premium isn’t much either. It might get a bit more difficult once you have claims of vandalism so, as you say, the premium becomes unreasonable.
  6. GWC

    Birmingham Brummies 2020

    Was it just the speedway equipment that was vandalised? If so then that sounds a bit sinister.
  7. GWC

    Redcar 2020

    NDL team not the Championship
  8. GWC

    Redcar 2020

    Years ago you just needed to whistle and there would be a couple of Aussies wanting a team place. Kasper may not be the last to drop out (enforced) in this case but opportunities arise and if U.K. speedway can weather COVID and Brexit then I think it will be better for it.
  9. GWC

    Edinburgh 2021

    I get your point tyretrax but there would be a need for cooperation between tracks. Edinburgh and Glasgow could combine and become Scotland’s training centre. Likewise North Midlands and South centres where tracks have full access to their stadiums. Training needs to undertaken without interference from a promotion who will be inclined to favour their ‘own’. I believe Denmark and Poland have had a scheme like this and even Australia on going for many years.
  10. GWC

    Edinburgh 2021

    Brilliant announcement but I wonder where U.K. speedway would be today if this had been organised throughout the leagues 20 years ago?
  11. GWC

    Swindon Robins 2020

    It needs the foresight and passion plus cash and then a sympathetic council. We now have some terrific Speedway venues that have shown the way forward in the U.K.
  12. GWC

    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    Stuart Robson maybe?
  13. GWC

    Glasgow 2020

    You’ll have to annex Berwick to make it a more interesting league!
  14. GWC

    Glasgow 2020

    If Nichola ‘queen of Scots’ gets her way then Glasgow and Edinburgh will have to find another league to compete in!
  15. GWC

    Mildenhall 2021

    The clue to this league is in the title with the need for riders to reach the CL standard that the sport drastically needs. Currently there is still a dearth of young riders able to race consistently at NL level.
  16. And there’s the rub as 2022 season it’s 2 rising stars to find if Palin gets recalled to BV after a great season with Peterborough! Perhaps it will encourage teams to find and develop their own riders like they did once upon a time.
  17. GWC

    Whats actually going on?

    Yes it’s appeal to youngsters seems greater than speedway and, as you say, grasstrack is now a veterans sport. Standard equipment for MX too.
  18. GWC

    Glasgow 2020

    That’s not altogether true as Russia have won twice with a small number of riders. Even in England’s heyday they would be beat by the Aussies and Danes. We now have 2 world class riders which is more than for 20 years. Anyway it’s our own home league where the focus should now be and getting Crump to ride at CL level is pretty cool. Top riders dropping down a league doesn’t happen much these days and was something that the old second division thrived upon years ago.
  19. GWC


    I watched Jordan as a novice at Sittingbourne and then at Rye House when he retired mid season. He wasn’t an overnight sensation by any means and did his apprenticeship but at Rye he showed real class but I think he blew a bit hot underneath and threw it all in on a disagreement with management. On another comeback remember Peter Moore at Rayleigh in 73 and he still used his ‘cow horned’ handlebars looking out of place in the modern times then! He could certainly gate though!
  20. GWC

    Sheffield 2020

    So what is the advantage or disadvantage of signing a 4 star rider over say a 1 star - apart from the obvious - to team building?
  21. I’m hoping the days of loan fees have gone - especially in the current world.
  22. GWC

    Swindon Robins 2020

    Major league racing exists in 3 other countries, Poland Sweden and Denmark. In all these countries their stadiums are used purely for speedway which in the U.K. is a luxury the majority of owners can’t afford. The number of dog tracks used for speedway has rapidly declined as they have been redeveloped most were built in City centres and are prime-redevelopment sites. The remaining are in such poor condition with outdated facilities people are starting to vote with their feet. There will be a time when dogs will be gone but speedway, as we currently know it will also be gone sadly.
  23. GWC

    Ipswich 2020

    And when they don’t do well it will be ‘falling star’....
  24. Cheap air travel fuelled riders ability to flit between countries in Europe. Poland and COVID has for this season at least, given promoters here a shot of realism. Well done to Bjarne for committing to U.K.
  25. Mildenhall track is a good example of a tiny track but it’s shape produces fast full throttle action. Majority of U.K. tracks were long straights and sharp bends reflecting the stadia like a dog track. The new tracks like Somerset Redcar Scunthorpe built without that restriction are much better shape. Unfortunately the plan didn’t quite include Leicester for some reason.

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Privacy Policy