"Just to bore you with one more show of support of DJ, a couple of us Leicester lads decided we would go to Ipswich to watch him race against Tiger for golden helmet ( Sheffield was the opposition on the night). We got stuck in traffic and arrived running through the gates just in time to see the 3rd and deciding race which Tiger won! We then had to suffer watching a dire meeting after, which Sheffield got about 23 I think. How many supporters would do that these days to show support of there fave rider? lol"
"Philip and John's book is a great read and well worth the plaudits of the reviewer. It is especially good to see an overview of the Southern Area League and I hope it might encourage readers to have a look at what we have on The Speedway Researcher web site by way of meeting details. Suffice it to say there are a few gaps in the records and if anyone can provide missing details I would be delighted. I started watchng speedway in 1961 and the book's overview of the Provincial League is enjoyable as it transported me back to the happy days of the 1960s. If you are looking for a Christmas treat for a speedway fan, the book will fit the bill for sure.."
One more Christmas present idea for the speedway fan in your life, or to add to your own collection. These DVDs dedicated to the career of the great Wiggy will appeal to speedway, grasstrack and longtrack fans alike.
Tracy Holmes brings his series on the BLRC to an end, looking at the 1984 final at Belle Vue.
Thanks to Tracy for yet another excellent series of articles.
Thanks to Jim Henry for letting us know about an interesting documentary about US pioneer rider Ray Tauscher (better know as Tauser in the UK). It's 17 minutes long and can be viewed at raytauscher.com
"I've replied on many an article. Ian's, same age as me by the way, story is of another supporter who's sadly lost his love of British Speedway. In it's heyday the speedway supporter could expect a match every week on the same race night with the same seven riders (more or less) turning out for their team (only).
The reason for the decline has been covered many times on this site. At one time it would have been the ambition for every foreign and commonwealth rider who wanted to be the best to compete in the British League. It is easy to look at the past through rose tinted glasses but British Speedway was good back in the day. Speedway is still exciting but to see fantastic racing with the world's best riders you need to subscribe or watch it on Freeview Sports or You Tube.
With the Polish Speedway you see and hear the atmosphere of large cheering crowds displaying their teams colours. After the coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions have finished I think things will only get worse for British Speedway as the people who have got their fix of watching speedway on their tellies or computers will continue to subscribe to watch it, I know I will next year. Unfortunately I don't think it will be British Speedway people will be subscribing to, anybody who watched the broadcast of the Under 21's at Berwick will know what I mean, totally amateurish production, poor r acing and they couldn't even get the meeting finished.
British Speedway has and is run amateurishly for so many years now, a good example, cancellation of the British? final (won by an Aussie) and the moving of the Speedway of Nations (a dummed down World Cup). And something I've pointed out many a time is that in all sports they aim to be the best, British Speedway has been 'be the best' but then lose riders the following season. No other sport does this and non have suffered from having dominant participants.
I hope Ian gets to see some live speedway, I wish I could but sadly there's no tracks I can get to. Lets hope this antivirus works and we can all get back to enjoying the things we do. Thank you to SpeedwayPlus for the interesting articles and memories shared by your readers. "
"I enjoyed the recent piece about Once a Jolly Swagman, which has also had several showings on Talking Pictures channel on tv. I first went to New Cross in 1951! Another film from the same era that has appeared on there is There Is Another Sun, in which there is a lot of footage from Walthamstow Speedway."
"Regarding deejays book, being a big fan of his I ordered it straight away, as the reviewer says it's more a summary of his carreer but a thouroughly good read. Was hoping I got a mention being his number 1 supporter in the North lol (says me tongue in cheek). Always got time for me and couple of times waved me in the pits to warm his bike up or drop me off at a train station like Sheffield after the meeting if I went on public transport. So try the book people you will enjoy and to Dave thanks for the memories."