"So sad to read Garry died at such a young age. My sister and I met Garry and his wife Ann at Belle Vue when we was on a coach trip with the Hackney supporters. They ended up driving us home. Such a lovely couple. "
"Just to let you know I was at the Golden Helmet race, same night as Kings of Oxford Trophy. 14th August 1958, Peter Craven beat Ron How 2-0. The first broke the track record by 2 seconds and Ron How beat the old record time as well. (possibly only time ever that two people in the same race both broke the existing record).
Peter autographed my programme in pencil, I still have it.
My father was a St.John's Ambulance man so I had access to the pits. I asked Peter did he have his lucky pyjamas on? I realise now that Ove Fundin, talking to him, was wetting himself laughing.....he told me not to-night!"
"Only just caught up with this fascinating piece - a mere 16 years after it was published. Better late than never! Congratulations to Terry Cheney and his army of dedicated helpers for keeping the speedway flag flying in Milton Keynes amid such difficult circumstances.
I visited Elfield Park twice, for a match with Glasgow Tigers in July 1990 (a fabulously sunny summer evening, I remember) and another against Middlesbrough Bears in May 1992. For the Glasgow meeting, I walked to and from Elfield Park from the YHA hostel at Bradwell, where I was staying overnight.
Interesting to note Terry state Daz Sumner went well at Elfield Park. In the Middlesbrough match I watched, Daz (aka 'The Electric Hare') scored only 6+1. Three Aussies - Steve Regeling (11+2), Dave Cheshire (9) and Mark Lemon (8) - were Bears' best. Dane Peter Glanz posted a six-ride maximum, and the evergreen Rickard Hellsen 13, as Knights won 48-42. Milton Keynes lost 40-56 to Glasgow.
My records show Kevin Jolly, with 16, top-scored for Knights. Glanz, a Knights stalwart, contributed nine. Top Tigers were Steve Lawson (13) and Shane Bowes (11). I recall being thankful I'd taken trousers to change into once the sun went down. It was so warm, I'd set out in shorts from the youth hostel. Boy, was it chilly when darkness descended!
As Terry suggests, the spectator viewing at Elfield Park, particularly from the flat area high above the third and fourth bends, was excellent. Had I been a local, it's a track I would have enjoyed attending regularly. I look forward, one day, to speedway returning to Milton Keynes. Here's hoping!"
Tracy Holmes on the 1976 Internationale, staged just days after the tragic death of Tommy Jansson.
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"Close to our hearts always indeed. I followed Hackney and West Ham during the late 60s up to 1976 and, latterly, my now local club Newcastle from 1990 to 2003. Of all the riders I've seen Garry is my favourite and I find it sad that he died at such an early age but sadder that he never realised his true potential. I've been lucky to have seen many wor ld champions at club level and for my money Garry could have been a contender. R.I.P. mate."
"Remember this meeting, simply because I went on the Leicester fans coach and when we got there extremely early I decided to leave my friends and tube it over to Wembley to watch Evil Knievel do his "bus jump" and ended up missing 8 heats of speedway! I was 15 at the time."