Hundreds Try Cycle Speedway for First Time
Last Saturday the Hull club staged a 'Come & Try It' session on grass in Queen’s Gardens as part of the Hull Carnival. Hundreds of mainly young riders tried the sport for the first time and some will hopefully progress to training at Hessle. The club also had a static display and some members took part in the Lord Mayors Parade around
the city centre.
200 Plus and Still Going Strong
The red mist doesn't always fade with age. A combined age of over 200 in this South East GP Vets race, and still giving it 100%. Gary Brown, Paddy Wenn, Graham Long and Mel Perkins battle it out in this afternoon’s South-East Grand Prix, captured by the camera of Phil Clarke.
Rain No Deterrent to Aces’ Talent Team
Tuesday evening Wednesfield Aces Talent Team usually train. However only the hardest of riders turned out on this occasion in torrential rain and despite storm warnings.
To say the track was hard going is an understatement but the boys pictured above left to right Connor Dyke, Harrie Everiss, Troy Allen and Haydn Rowley braved the elements whilst team manager Wayne Aris is sunning himself on an exotic beach sipping piña coladas whilst we get caught in the rain.
Will and Ellie Defend National Titles
Talented youngsters Will Tidball and Ellie Sullivan have achieved a rare feat, successfully defending their national under-13 titles. Will becomes only the second rider in the championship’s 18 year history to win back-to-back titles following in the tyre tracks of Thomas Reed, winner in 2005 and 2006.
Did You Spot Our Mystery Track?
Well – did you spot the mystery location featured in our archive photo?
Of course the pic below showed the very first day of work at Harbourside Park, Poole in 1980. This is the track driveway entrance where the gate now is. The track opened at the start of the 1981 season with a Poole Select v British Lions challenge match, just a month after the touring team returned from their successful inaugural visit Down Under.
One reader who solved the mystery is former Poole Comet John Carry who recognised himself in the photo.
“I reckon Poole circa November 1979 as I recognise myself being the one relaxing on the pickaxe” smile John. “The others are Graham Sutton and the late Derek Knight. These are a guess - Andy Lake with the big hair, Nigel Leahy on the far right and I don't recognise the backside but will try Nick Dayman” said John.
Another reader who came close is Wednesfield supremo Paul Bodley. “I think this is the Poole track, possibly the old Fleetsbridge site with Graham Sutton directing efforts. Nothing much changes there then. Hard work is synonymous with the Poole club who have set the standards we all seek to follow” Paul told Spokesman.
Trawling through our picture archive, we came across this black-and-white photo of track building in the early Eighties. It took us a while to identify the location but eventually we did by zooming in on the pic and identifying some of the workforce. See who you can spot! If you get stuck, we’ll let you know more about the pic in a couple of days time.
Surprise Visitor to Swindon
A multiple British champion was at the Oasis at Swindon’s match against Horspath on Sunday. None other than Darren Slater, now living with wife and kids in Devizes near Swindon, was watching his first match for many years.
Itching to get back on a bike by all accounts! Watch this space....
Following on from our article about clubs having More colourful racing kit, reader Andy Moody sent us this photo of the Hull team pictured in 1980. Certainly they look like a team in every sense of the word.
Eagled-eyed readers may spot a couple of well known Hull personalities including Andy Schofield (back row third from left) Club Sponsor Barry Ashton (back row far right) Rich Pawson (bottom row far left) and Simon Plows (bottom row far right).
“I’d have been in the picture too if I hadn’t taken it!” smiled Andy who was just 16-years-old when he took the picture.
Heard Successfully Defends Title
Wednesfield’s Paul Heard successfully retained the Elite League match race title defeating Horspath’s Shaun Rudman in the opening match of the season.
Myhill In Tweed
East London's Steve Myhill took part in a very different cycle event on Saturday, as one of 500 participants in the capital's fifth annual Tweed Run.
The charity ride brings together vintage bikes and fashions and takes a leisurely tour around the City and West End.
"It is certainly more genteel than what we are used to," said Steve, "but speedway elbows come in useful in the queue for the tea tent."
No Hands – No Fear
Former Rybnik rider, Kamil Greszla riding for Edinburgh at Northumbria yesterday hit trouble when an opponent’s front wheel struck his rear, making the wheel buckle and lock onto the frame. Staying remarkably cool, Kamil held the "unhanded slide" and tried to keep going. The photo was captured by Edinburgh track photographer, George Swanson.
The Life of Grimes
Although East Park had to postpone their Midland League meeting with Coventry this afternoon, Coventry had their own training session down at Hearsall Common where British finalist Myke Grimes was practicing his diving skills!!!
Despite the freezing conditions, over 30 riders turned out for the first "Clubnight " of the season at Harbourside Park last night. Once the racing got under way, the temperature was soon forgotten!
Action Replays Outlawed
Coventry cycle speedway club have been instructed not to show action-replays of racing incidents on the giant screen at Nationals final day to avoid “trial by video”. The decision was taken by British Cycling’s Cycle Speedway Commission at its meeting on 2 March.
Whitehead Family Fortunes
Following on from our clip about Christine and Andy Amos-Adams (see below) one reader has pointed out that Leicester’s Steph Whitehead has ridden with sons, daughters and grandson which must also be something of a record.
Mr and Mrs
Following on from having a grandfather and grandson in the same team, Newcastle now has a married couple in their ranks. Christine and Andy Amos-Adams came with their children for a taster session a few weeks ago, and have shown great promise. So much so they have been named in Newcastle's Division Two team at Hull this Sunday.
Travel Setback for Mel Perkins
An on-going medical condition has stopped Hethersett stalwart Mel Perkins MBE from driving. Mel made the announcement at the Hawks’ recent annual general meeting saying “I can no longer drive due to a slight worsening of my rare genetic eye disorder. This has obviously had a big impact on my life but also the commitment I can give to the club.”
Hethersett cycle speedway club has recently been awarded a grant of £590 from South Norfolk Council Northern River Valleys community grants towards a new public address system. An order for equipment is now being processed to be ready for the new season.
Poole Youngsters Brave Freezing Temperatures
Poole's Nathan and Jasmine braved the freezing temperatures at Harbourside Park today for the first junior practice of the season and were eager to try out the new club bikes supplied by Marcin Szymanski through his "Speedrower"
on-line cycle speedway business. Verdict? The smile says it all.
End of the Centre Green?