Arnie Gibbons' very personal account of the last meeting at Smallmead
and the memories that were revived by a night of nostalgia. Hopefully Arnie will be able
to report on the opening of the Racers' new track in early 2010.
"I enjoyed this article very much. I never saw Colin race but here is the bread and butter Speedway Rider if you like. To my mind THESE are the people who make Speedway the Sport it is. World Champions are all very well - but - without people to beat when racing - they are nothing. It should be remembered that EVERY Rider from Conference League to Elite League and beyond require courage even to mount a Speedway Bike. Those Superstars NEED people like Colin Caffrey - THEY are the REAL HEROES of Speedway. All of us should remember that."
"The a-z by Matt & Hugh is a real collectors item. In years to come it will be much sought after. The "non-print" side of things is quite in order as far as I am concerned. They have done the work and deserve any income from it instead of people helping themselves at will. Anyhow plenty of peple have printed stuff from the past without doing any work on the factual side of things. Speedway evolved from other passtimes, it was not invented by anyone, as has been written for years. A number of present day "researchers" are having difficulty getting this put right so to protect the research & money that Matt & Hugh have put in on this project is to be applauded by all."
Dave Gifford is researching the life and times of Spencer 'Smokey' Stratton and
would like to hear from anybody who can help. In this article he gives us a summary of Smokey's career
and identifies the areas that he'd particularly like more information on.
John has supported Edinburgh Monarchs since 1966 and it's from those Meadowbank days that he's drawn
the majority of his team. The 'Ladybank Express' lines up at number three in this interesting selection.
More pictures from one of Charles McKay's trips to Sweden, this time of Vastervik. Next week
we'll bring you pictures of the training track that sits alongside this one.
The chap above is Scott Collier, a Canadian rider and firefighter who's out to raise awareness of the TOMA Foundation
for burned children. Scott missed this entire season through a knee injury but will be back on track next year.
This picture of Scott, and his special 'Fire Bike', appears in "Hamilton's Hottest" a charity calendar to raise funds
for the good causes the firefighters' union supports.
"'Denny' Becker? Mr. O'Connor must be thinking of another rider. The American rider's name was always spelled "Dan" or "Danny" in programmes. Track announcers always introduced him as "Danny". The excellent Costa Mesa Speedway website (www.costamesaspeedway.net) has a section of vintage photos, one page of which is devoted to Becker. In several of the p ictures, "DAN" can be seen clearly, sewn onto his leathers. "
Terry O'Connor tells us that Danny Becker's real name is Dennis, though it seems he's always been known as Danny in speedway circles.
Another look at the recently published volume one of the Complete A-Z of British League Riders cd/book. In this article
author Matt Jackson explains why the book is not available in paper form and Ian Muir Martin
gives us his opinion on the publication.
Tony Webb visited the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds for a recent vintage speedcar event and took these pictures of
this magnificent venue. John Titman was present and put in a few demonstration rides on his thirty year old Weslake.
Artist Jim Blanchard's latest work is this action painting of Hans Andersen. It will be available at the end of
the month and 640mm x 500mm prints will retail at £29.99 plus £3.50 p&p. Hans has agreed to sign each of
the prints. Check out jbsportsimages.co.uk to see what
else Jim has available.
THE THIRD ANNUAL CALIFORNIA-IN-ENGLAND SPEEDWAY REUNION is on Sunday October 12
from 11am. It takes place at the old track at California Country Park, Nine Mile Ride,
Finchampstead, Woking RG40 4HT from 11am. In the 1940s and 1950s, the track was a
feeder team to Wimbledon Speedway. More details from Stuart Towner 020 8397 6599.
"It is lovely to read this article. My great uncle is Ray Cresp. As kids he would come home for the traditional Christmas reunion at his sister, Marie's house in Melbourne. We knew Uncle Ray lived in England but had no idea what he did. He wasn't a boastful man and it is amazing to see what he achieved. I for one am very proud of him. "
Tony Webb is collating a list of New Zealanders that have raced in Britain and
he needs your help. Please take time to look at his list as it presently stands and send your additions
and corrections to Tony. The list is in PDF file format, so you'll need to have Adobe Acrobat Viewer installed
to be able to see it.
There's no denying that this article is basically just pictures of a wall, but that wall used
to be part of the pits at Nelson's Seedhill Stadium and proof of its former use remains. Thanks to
Gerald Howarth for sending in the pictures.
Thanks to Jim Henry for forwarding the above picture of some former Wimbledon riders together at a recent function.
The men in question are Tommy Sweetman, Ronnie Moore, Ivan Mauger and Bobby Andrews.
If you've missed Jeff Scott's on his recent book signing tour, but you remain keen to get your hands on his
most recent work - "Concrete for Breakfast" - then why not order direct from his website at
www.methanolpress.com? While you're there, take time to read his entertaining blog where he regularly shares his thoughts on the current
state of the sport.
Jamie Dixon's father has come up with a novel approach to fund raising to support Jamie's racing. Check out his
for full details.
"Sean was one of those riders that every side needs, a team man, someone who may not be a tall scorer but could pull a heat win out of the bag when it was really needed. I also remember Neil McFarlane saying that Sean was one of the main reasons for Tigers' winning the league in 1994. Probably says it all!"
"Just been on a four day training course with Honda cars. Tracy was my instructor...amazing guy, tells good stories!! Couldn't understand us boys from Scotchland though!!!! Hope you get to read this Tracy....All the best mate and thanks for a great week!!"