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Issue 53 - Internationale, Cradley Moments, Cycle Speedway, Cyril Maidment profile, Sheffield in the 60s

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Issue 53 of CLASSIC SPEEDWAY is out now

Here’s a small taste of the feast of nostalgia inside . . .

Subscription only (£20 per year in UK) from https://www.retro-speedway.com/

BIG NIGHTS: Internationale

Continuing his review of major individual meetings, PHIL CHARD re-examines the first nine stagings of the classic introduced to compensate Britain for the loss of the lucrative World Final to Sweden in 1961. Inevitably, Ove Fundin – winner of the first three meetings – was in the spotlight for contrasting reasons. Other winners include Barry Briggs, Charlie Monk, Gote Nordin, (cover man) Nigel Boocock and Wimbledon’s home track favourite Trevor Hedge.

CYCLE SPEEDWAY: How ‘skid kids’ caught the racing bug

DOUG NICOLSON and TONY McDONALD look back on the significant contribution of cycle speedway to its ‘big brother’. Includes a long list of some 90+ names who progressed from pedal power to the ‘real thing’, while BERT HARKINS reveals how he captained two teams who wore the famous colours of Wembley Lions.

CRADLEY HEATH: 50 Memorable Moments

“Ommer ’um, Cradley!” ROB PEASLEY traces the progress of a Midlands club from its humble third tier beginnings to top flight status and a world class rider in Bernie Persson. Others to feature in our six-page feature include Les Beaumont, Geoff Bennett, Graham Warren, Alan Hunt, Harry Bastable, Ivor Brown, Ivor Hughes (tragically, the only rider killed at Dudley Wood), Chris Julian, Roy Trigg and Bob Andrews.


What is there to do when your team is racing away on your regular race night? DOUG NICOLSON looks at what enterprising promoters did in the 40s and 50s.

PROFILE: Cyril Maidment

In the first of a new series, we take a season-by-season statistical look at the former Belle Vue star who also rode for and managed Wimbledon.


In the last in our series recalling all non-regular team members who rode in second-halves, junior matches and trials at first division tracks in the first five years of the British League, from 1965 until the end of '69, we dig deep at EXETER, LONG EATON and NEWCASTLE.


Following 50 Memorable Sheffield Moments published in our last issue, Tigers supporter TONY BAKER sent in his own personal recollections of Thursdays spent cheering on Tigers from the Owlerton terraces throughout the 60s.

Plus . . . brief obits on Ernie Baker, Stan Bradbury and John Stallworthy, readers’ letters, photo quiz, crossword and a full-page 1953 Birmingham team photo.

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A timely showing this morning on the Talking Pictures channel of the 1953 film 'Skid Kids', with a story centred around cycle speedway.

The article on the sport in the mag was very interesting, and, what a terrific picture on page 15!


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