Home Contact Us Stadia Pix Articles All About You Riders to Remember
DVDs Books Pictures Archive Dream Teams Programme Generator
23/11/2022
DVD Review: 70s - A to Z
Your Feedback
 
30/10/2022
Why is it in decline?
Plus Points
 
18/09/2022
Dream Team: Garry Robinson
The Golden Hammer - 1996
Your Feedback
 
11/09/2022
Raking Over Old Coals
The Golden Hammer - 1995
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
04/09/2022
Ode to Brough Park
The Golden Hammer - 1994
Which Craven?
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
07/06/2022
Ivan Miller
The Golden Hammer - 1993
Your Feedback
 
22/05/2022
Generator - Prem Pairs
The Golden Hammer - 1992
 
01/05/2022
As The Crow Flies
The Golden Hammer - 1991
 
24/04/2022
Generator - Danish League
The Golden Hammer - 1990
Your Feedback
 
18/04/2022
Oxford's Minor Miracle
The Golden Hammer - 1989
 
03/04/2022
The Golden Hammer - 1986
The Golden Hammer - 1987
The Golden Hammer - 1988
 
27/03/2022
The Golden Hammer - 1983
The Golden Hammer - 1984
The Golden Hammer - 1985
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
13/03/2022
The Golden Hammer - 1980
The Golden Hammer - 1981
The Golden Hammer - 1982
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
27/02/2022
The Golden Hammer - 1977
The Golden Hammer - 1978
The Golden Hammer - 1979
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
16/01/2022
The Speedway Bike
Your Feedback
 
02/01/2022
45 Years a Racer
Your Feedback
 
15/12/2021
DVD: Sheffield Memories
Your Feedback
 
21/11/2021
Ronnie's Newcastle Nightmare
Plus Points
 
14/11/2021
Book Review: Where Eagles Dared
The Cheetahs Are Back!
Your Feedback
 
07/11/2021
King's Lynn - Part Four
Track Pix: Redcar
Your Feedback
 
31/10/2021
DVD Review: Hans Nielsen
Track Pix: Sheffield
Your Feedback
 
10/10/2021
Artem Laguta
Track Pix: Birmingham
Your Feedback
 
03/10/2021
King's Lynn - Part Three
KENT - Central Park
Your Feedback
 
19/09/2021
Book Review: Yearbook 2020
Track Pix: Peterborough
Your Feedback
 
07/09/2021
Ian Hoskins Tribute
Ian Hoskins Tribute
Your Feedback
 
29/08/2021
Speedway's Black Hole
Track Pix: Mildenhall
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
22/08/2021
Kirky Lane Demolition
Cinder Kings Exhibition
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
09/08/2021
Aussies at Ipswich - 1
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
18/07/2021
Steve Langton Strikes Gold
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
11/07/2021
Book Review: Split Waterman
Your Feedback
 
27/06/2021
King's Lynn - Part 2
Your Feedback
 
13/06/2021
Irish Eyes Were Smiling
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
31/05/2021
King's Lynn - Part 1
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
23/05/2021
Speedway in Germany 1933
Dream Team : Kevin Huggett
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
09/05/2021
The Bill Allen Mystery
Your Feedback
 
02/05/2021
The Ipswich Witches
The Danger of Winning
Your Feedback
 
25/04/2021
Australia 70/71
Canterbury Noise Trials
Your Feedback
 


Newspaper Cuttings on the Svein Kaasa Tragedy
By Bill Hamilton

As it's fast approaching 45 years to the day and date (Friday 29th September 1972) of the fatal accident involving Svein Kaasa at Hampden, I thought these newspaper clippings (one from the Scottish Daily Record and the other from the Daily Express) would stir up a few memories for the people that were in attendance that tragic night.

Over the years, a lot has already been written about it in the Speedway Plus website and everbody has their own views on the matter. As for myself, I was sitting just above the entrance to the changing room area, where the stretcher was taken - and it looked extremely serious, even at that stage.

Basically, that signalled the end of Glasgow speedway at Hampden.

 

Click on a cutting to see it in fuill size

 

DAILY EXPRESS

 

 

 

An international speedway star was killed at Hampden Park last night in a freak accident seen by thousands of spectators.

Norwegian Svien Kaasa - signed only six weeks ago by Glasgow Tigers - died after being catapulted from his machine which then reared and trapped him against the safety fence.

A track doctor and ambulance men carried him into the first-aid room. For 30 minutes they fought for Kaasa's life using cardiac massage, the kiss of life and oxygen. But it was in vain.

The accident happened when Kaasa - riding against Swindon Robins in a British First Division league race - touched the wheel of an opponent in front going round a bend.

Next moment he whirled though the air and struck the safety fence. Then his machine rammed him into the fence a second time.

Former speedway star Norrie Isbister, who saw the accident from the stand, said: "I've never seen anything like it. This is a very rare occurrence on the track. It was tragic."

Track doctor Edward Collier said later: "The lad was unconscious when we got to him. We tried every means we knew to revive him but it was no use."

Kaasa, a bachelor from Oslo, was signed after a recommendation from former Hampden favourite Oyvind Berg. He lived in lodgings at Stobbs Farm, Gorebridge, Midlothian.

It was the first fatal track accident in Glasgow since 1929, when Eddie Reynolds was killed at the White City. And it was only the third in Scotland, the second being in Edinburgh's Meadowbank Stadium eight years ago, when world champion Peter Craven was killed.

 

DAILY RECORD

 

 

HORRIFIED spectators saw a Norwegian speedway ace killed on the track last night.

Glasgow Tigers rider Svien Kaasa, 24, was overtaking the leaders at Hampden Speedway when tragedy struck.

The front wheel of his bike clashed with the rear wheel of the one in front and Svien's machine hurtled out of control into the crash barrier.

The young speedway rider was thrown into the netting round the dirt track, fracturing his skull.

Svien - he joined the Tigers only four weeks ago - was rushed to the ambulance room where track doctor Edward Collier gave him the kiss of life and heart massage.

But Svien was dead when he arrived at the Victoria Infirmary.

The accident - the first fatal crash in the history of speedway in Glasgow - happened on the last lap of the 11th heat of a 13-heat series.

Glasgow Tigers were racing Swindon Robins in a British League match.

As Dr Collier tried frantically to revive Svien, the heats continued. Glasgow beat Swindon 43-35.

The dead rider had been staying at the farmhouse home of Mr John Wallace, a speedway official, in Gorebridge, Midlothian.

Mr Wallace's two daughters, who had brought him to Hampden, were under sedation for shock after seeing him die.

Mr Wallace's wife, close to tears, said at her home: "He was one of the nicest boys I have met. It is a great tragedy."

 

This article was first published on 25th September 2017

[ Use Mobile Version ]
 

 

Comment on this Article | Contact Us | Go Back to Main Menu

   Please leave your comments on this article or on the site as a whole