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Issue 52 - Olle Nygren, Sheffield Moments, Brian Clements, BLRC, National Trophy, etc

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 Welcome to issue 52 of our quarterly magazine, Here's a flavour of what to expect . . .



Martin Rogers recalls the indelible impact made in Britain and on the world stage by Olle Nygren, the first of the Swedish greats, who died recently, while Tony McDonald adds his personal memories of this Boy’s Own hero known affectionately as ‘Varg Olle’.



Phil Chard recalls a curious, short-lived British career that was strangled by speedway red tape before ex-Southampton rider Brian Clements turned on the horse power and made his mark in another racing sport.


NATIONAL TROPHY – up for the Cup!

Doug Nicolson looks at the all too few shocks and giant-killings in the National Trophy, a knockout competition that ran from 1931 to 1964. Second Division upsets were caused by Birmingham, Norwich and Poole.


SHEFFIELD: 50 Memorable Moments
Rob Peasley traces Tigers’ turbulent history in the pre-70s era at Owlerton. Ex-riders featured include Tommy and Guy Allott, Stan and Len Williams, Ron Bagley, Tommy Roper, Jack Kitchen, Clive Featherby, Bengt Larsson, Charlie Monk, Arnie Haley, etc.


BIG NIGHTS: British League Riders’ Championship
Reviewing British speedway's major individual meetings, Phil Chard reflects on the first six years of the BLRC dominated by Swindon superstar Barry Briggs in front of packed crowds at Belle Vue.



Name-checking all non-regular team members and others who never made the grade but rode in second-halves, junior matches and trials at two top flight tracks in the first five years of the British League, from 1965 until the end of '69 inclusive. This time we revisit King’s Lynn and Newport. See how many of them you remember having a skid at the end of the swinging 60s.


Plus . . . brief obits on Rune Sormander, Ken Middleditch, Dennis Gray and Pat Flanagan, your letters, photo quiz, crossword and a 1966 Poole team photo. 


To subscribe (we don't sell single copies), please go to Retro Speedway: CLASSIC SPEEDWAY LATEST ISSUE (retro-speedway.com)

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