Dream Team: Stephen Cartwright
I lived only a mile from the old Hyde Road stadium. I have supported
Belle Vue for 43 years and first went to belle vue in 1969. I rode speedway
myself, I only achieved junior standard and had second half rides at
Belle Vue and Sheffield. Nowadays I don't go to speedway because I live
in Wales. Miss the old track at Hyde Road, it must have been the best
racing track in the world. Anybody who has never seen any racing at Hyde
Road don't know what they have missed!
6 times world champion. One reason for this, he was the best rider to ever grace a
speedway bike. The all-time best rider, you can name any speedway rider you
want past and present and Ivan would be the number one and captain of the team,
that is unquestionable. Pure genius on a speedway bike!
A five times world champion, which speaks for itself.
Two times a world champion. Totally magic on a bike and never, ever give up until the
race had finished.
Another fighter in the mould of Peter Craven who never gave up until the
chequered flag. He is my favourite rider. The way he would blast around
riders was simply magic. He must be one of the
best riders to never win a world title. If he could have gated he would
have definitely have won at least one title.
The 1976 world champion. Anyone who watched the
second half scratch finals between P.C and Mort it was worth the
admission price alone. They would race each other flat stick with no
quarter asked or given. They would both be no more than 2 feet off the fence. I was lucky to watch this week in and week out.
Never saw this rider ride, but my dad did and told me how good he was. Included in my team simply for his record alone.
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See my reasons for including Eric Langton - another legend from before my time, but one of the best ever and I had to include him.
This article was first published on 12th February 2012
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