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  1. FIRST TIME TRIUMPHS AND DISASTERS OUR social media forum theme this week is all about ‘the first time’. Tell us about the most memorable rider debuts for your team (good or bad) and/or opening night meetings. Maybe a new signing romped to a thrilling maximum, or crashed, or had mechanical gremlins and didn’t score a point? I appreciate that the disastrous postponed Belle Vue NSS curtain-raiser in March 2016 will be readily recalled by many but please try and look beyond that – and the quirkier the better. An explanation (rather than just simply typing a rider's name or track name) would also be most helpful and much appreciated. Best responses will be included in my forthcoming Speedway Star feature. Thank you, Tony Mac
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    Speedway Drive-ins

    SPEEDWAY DRIVE-INS Does anyone have any funny or interesting stories relating to vehicles parked on the terracing at places like Stoke and Long Eaton, where you could watch racing from the comfort of your car? Were there other venues that allowed vehicles to park inside the stadium, providing a view of the racing (in UK or abroad)? In response to another online post, I received comments about car lights being flashed to signal a home win, about some passengers hiding in the boot (to avoid paying admission money!) and one needing a tow when his car tyres got stuck in mud. Another fan's dad owned a motorhome and would start cooking dinner when he parked up at Loomer Road! I think I'll write a piece about 'Speedway Drive-ins' in our next Round The Bend newsletter, so I hopefully look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks, TMc
  3. Fletcher also sponsored Eric Boocock - he actually refers to him on our Memories of Halifax Speedway DVD.
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    Your Favourite Danes (Pre-1995)

    The first Dane I saw was Ole Olsen starring for Wolves in the opening meeting of the 1971 season at Hackney. Within days I saw Preben Rosenkilde, who had low-key spells for both Hackney and West Ham in '71. Later, we had Finn Thomsen, Bo Petersen and Jens Rasmussen at The Wick. Finn was a class act and a good team-man - an excellent skipper always helping his team-mates and shrewd mechanically. But I always felt that he rode within himself in league and other domestic meetings, saving his best efforts for the World Championship. Maybe that is being a bit harsh on him, but that's how it appeared to me. Perhaps the broken thigh he suffered at Wolves in 1977, the year before he joined Hawks, was in the back of his mind? He did, though, always get fired up when competing against Billy Sanders. There was history there.
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    Your Favourite Danes (Pre-1995)

    Unfortunately, we couldn't find any decent available footage of Klaus (or the others you mention), otherwise he would be on the DVD. Nice bloke - it was a pleasure to meet him in Denmark for an interview for our Memories of Halifax Speedway DVD.
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    Your Favourite Danes (Pre-1995)

    Great point about Kristian.
  7. Who were your favourite Danish speedway riders that rode for UK clubs in the pre-1995 upright era, and why? And what memories of watching Danish riders in British racing spring to mind? If you'd prefer to email me, send your comments to retroeditorial@gmail.com Best responses will be included in my Backtracking piece for Speedway Star. We have just launched our latest DVD, DANES IN BRITAIN RACING. * Double-disc, 4-hour set * Featuring 41 Danish riders * 140+ races * 30 UK tracks WELCOME to this nostalgic double-disc set spanning four hours in which we feature more than 40 Danes who graced British league racing from the 1970s up to the end of ‘The Upright Years’ in 1994. They include past world champions OLE OLSEN, ERIK GUNDERSEN, HANS NIELSEN and JAN O. PEDERSEN. World Team Cup winners TOMMY KNUDSEN, FINN THOMSEN, BO PETERSEN, PREBEN ERIKSEN, PETER RAVN, JOHN JORGENSEN, MIKE LOHMANN, KRISTIAN PRAESTBRO, BRIAN KARGER and GERT HANDBERG. Plus fellow former favourites BENT RASMUSSEN, ALF BUSK, FINN JENSEN, STEEN MASTRUP, JOHN ESKILDSEN, JENS RASMUSSEN, SAM NIKOLAJSEN, PER SORENSEN, KENT NOER, PETER GLANZ, FRANK ANDERSEN, KURT HANSEN, JAN STAECHMANN, ALLAN JOHANSEN, LARS MUNKEDAL, HENRIK KRISTENSEN, TOM KNUDSEN, FREDE SCHOTT, JESPER OLSEN, MORTEN ANDERSEN, JAN PEDERSEN, CARSTEN SCHOTT, RICHARD JUUL, BRIAN ANDERSEN, JAKOB OLSEN, RENE MADSEN, JAN ANDERSEN, etc. As well as thrilling action footage from a golden era, this evocative feast includes contemporary interviews with Ole Olsen, Erik Gundersen, Hans Nielsen, Tommy Knudsen, Jan O. Pedersen, Finn Thomsen, Bo Petersen, John Jorgensen, Peter Ravn, John Eskildsen, Brian Karger, Gert Handberg, Sam Nikolajsen, Peter Glanz, Jan Staechmann, Frede Schott, Morten Andersen, Brian Andersen, Jakob Olsen, Jan Pedersen, Jesper Olsen, Richard Juul and Rene Madsen. Action footage from 30 UK tracks: Arena-Essex, Belle Vue (Hyde Road & Kirky Lane), Birmingham (Perry Barr), Bradford, Coventry, Cradley Heath, Eastbourne, Edinburgh (Powderhall), Glasgow (Shawfield), Halifax, Hull (Boulevard), Ipswich, King’s Lynn, Leicester, Long Eaton, Milton Keynes (Elfield Park), Newcastle, Oxford, Peterborough, Poole, Reading (Smallmead), Rye House, Sheffield, Stoke, Swindon, Stoke, Wembley, Wimbledon, Wolverhampton. Also featuring as opponents (trailing Danes – it’s a long and illustrious list!): From ENGLAND – Kenny Carter, Simon Wigg, Jeremy Doncaster, Chris Morton, Kelvin Tatum, Phil Collins, Neil Collins, Simon Cross, Marvyn Cox, Carl Blackbird, Gary Havelock, Martin Dugard, Richard Knight, Andy Smith, Alan & Andy Grahame, Gordon Kennett, John Davis, Paul Thorp, Joe Screen, Mark Loram, Chris Louis, Dean Barker, Andrew Silver, Kevin Smith, Kevin Jolly, Rob Woffinden, etc. From the USA – Bruce Penhall, Sam Ermolenko, Shawn & Kelly Moran, John Cook, Lance King, Ronnie Correy, Rick Miller, Charles Ermolenko. From SWEDEN – Per Jonsson, Jimmy Nilsen, Jan Andersson, Tony Olsson, Peter Nahlin, Richard Hellsen, Henka Gustafsson, Tony Rickardsson. From AUSTRALIA – Phil Crump, Billy Sanders, Gary Guglielmi, Leigh Adams, Jason Crump, Shane Parker, Shane Bowes, Glenn Doyle. From NEW ZEALAND – Ivan Mauger, Mitch Shirra, Mark Thorpe. Plus . . . Kai Niemi & Olli Tyrvainen (Finland), Armando Castagna (Italy), Einar Kyllingstad (Norway), etc. To order this DVD for £18 + £2 UK P&P, simply visit us at www.retro-speedway.com Thank you for reading.
  8. TonyMac

    Peter Collins Book

    PC signing at Stafford Classic Bike Show PETER COLLINS will be on the Retro Speedway stand signing copies of his fast-selling, much-acclaimed autobiography at the Stafford Classic Bike Show next weekend. PC will be there on both Saturday/Sunday, April 22/23. The full address of the venue is: Staffordshire County Showground Weston Rd Stafford Staffordshire ST18 0BD For full event details and how to get there, please visit their site at www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk It’s a good opportunity for Midlands-based supporters. PC regularly attends this twice-yearly event and says it’s an oasis for motorbike enthusiasts. So if you can make it, please do come and say ‘hello’ to PC, Susie and Tony Mac and get your book for just £20. As well as signing your book, Peter will also be very happy to pose for selfies. Keeping It On The Tyres has sold rapidly and we expect it to sell out completely before long, so don’t miss out. You can still order a signed copy from us. To take advantage of our offer of a £5 saving on the RRP of £25 in the UK, go to www.retro-speedway.com or phone Susie on 01708 734 502. Peter will sign ‘Best Wishes’ in every copy ordered through Retro Speedway, which is another great reason to buy it for £20 directly from us instead of online giants Amazon and retailers Waterstones. Thank you.
  9. Tough to take. Where did you initially set off from (your home base)?
  10. What was the 'official' reason given by Poole for the cancellation?
  11. YOUR WORST RAIN-OFF EXPERIENCES For an article I will soon be writing for Speedway Star, I'm asking fans to recall their worst rain-off experiences. After you had travelled many miles only to find the meeting washed out or postponed for some other reason (snow, even dust!), what were the most disappointing - and please explain the circumstances surrounding them? Maybe you had the misfortune to suffer TWO postponements (even three!) on the same very wet day? What is the furthest distance you've travelled to find the dreaded 'meeting off' signs awaiting you on arrival? I'm not talking about ABANDONED meetings that started. This is only about POSTPONEMENTS. You can either respond here, or email me at retroeditorial@gmail.com The best entries will be included in my piece for the Star. Many thanks. Tony Mac
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    Your favourites Swedish riders (1950s-1994)

    Yep, we have colour film of them all racing at Smallmead on the DVD.
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    Your favourites Swedish riders (1950s-1994)

    On the DVD we show previously unseen 8mm cine clips of Gote passing Olle Nygren on his way to victory in the 1966 Internationale. Admittedly, the footage is grainy but his bolt upright style (and Olle's white painted boots) are unmistakable.
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