Sky Pundits on the chances of success for Chris Harris of a victory in the GP’s during 2007

April 2nd “I think it’s going to be a bit of a tall order for him” Nigel Pearson “He doesn’t really have the starting skills” Sam Ermolenko April 23rd “He really is an exciting rider with lots of potential – I’m keeping my fingers crossed” Kelvin Tatum “I feel personally it may be a season…

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New book – Shifting Shale – available in Cardiff

This is my follow up book to ‘Showered in Shale’ – it’s similar but different! Shifting Shale: 2006 A Race Odyssey Paperback 354 pages 143 Black & white thumbnail photographs £20.00 “It’s a dafter, funnier, darker and deeper ‘must have’ companion to ‘Showered In Shale’ BILLY JENKINS Like the modern-day gladiators of motorcycle speedway, author,…

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Sparkling interviews with Jeff Crump and the Leigh/Lee’s

11th June Even an Elite League encounter between two of the current top teams can’t be introduced without some prior reference to the GP series or the Cardiff Grand Prix on any Sky broadcast. Jonathan notes with rapier like acuity, “it’s looking good for Cardiff for the overall GP” which I translate to mean no…

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Attack of the Table Smasher

11th June When I arrive early at Monmore Green Stadium, the Dave Rattenberry track shop stall is already erected and almost completely stocked, despite the fact that there are nearly four hours before the tapes rise. As usual, Dave is there along with John Rich – who I immediately apologise to since he’s regrettably been…

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Embodiment of the Ethos

10th June It’s already a warm day when I arrive at Sittingbourne though it’s still only mid-morning. One of the first people to greet me is Chelsea Lee-Amies who tells me rather proudly that she “got here at half eight with my dad to help with the track”. Her father Stuart (aka ‘Rat’) is one…

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A Night of Flying Haggis and Fire Starters

9th June Having worked in Harlow, it’s always an embarrassment not to be able to find a short cut through the town to the toll bridge by the sewage works that leads to the speedway stadium in Hoddesdon. This time I even managed to go past the rather posh Harlow greyhound stadium, the football club…

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Limerick Competition Winner and other entries

After mature consideration by the judges, the winning entry was submitted by Chris MacDonald. I’d like to thank everyone who entered and I apologise for taking so long to announce Chris as the winner and to publish the other entertaining entries. Limerick Competition Winner: There was a Team Manager called Lynch,Who thought winning the League…

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Another Review of Shale Britannia

Brian Owen, Argus, 13th June 2007 Speedway author and Eastbourne Eagles fan Jeff Scott has not just gone on a different racing line with his latest book. He has perfomed a publishing equivalent of turning his bike around and doing four laps in a clockwise direction. Brighton-based Scott has followed up two in-depth looks at…

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The search for Tyre Heaven continues

7th June Though I only called at late notice, Wayne Russell (son of Terry) was kind enough to let me launch my new book of photographs – Shale Britannia – at Blunsdon. “We’re only too pleased to have you – you’re welcome anytime,” he tells me inside the speedway office just inside the entrance gates…

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Second Excellent Review of Shale Britannia

Wolverhampton Express & Star11th June 2007 reviewer: Tim Hamblin “Hymn of praise to track stalwarts” If speedway is a religion, it’s one thought to be attracting an ever dwindling congregation to some frankly shabby places of worship. But “Shale Britannia”, the latest book from author Jeff Scott, is a tribute to the unsung fans who…

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First Review of Shale Britannia

Almost as soon as the book had rolled off the presses, those folks at the great speedwayplus website once again showed they had their fingers on the pulse of all things speedway by immediately reviewing it. to read the review or bathe in the full glory of this site click here

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“Remember – a last heat decider guaranteed”

4th June Sky present speedway programmes never known to stint on the use of hyperbole. For the staging of the British Final at Wolverhampton, they really excelled themselves with the introductory strap line (intoned over action images of speedway riders), “tonight will be the biggest night ever for one of these!” Once we arrive at…

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“Just thinking about what your thoughts are about this”

30th May Though there’s a slight chance of rain, the speedway dream team keep meteorological discussions to a bare minimum this week before they launch into an excitable discussion of what Belle Vue should consider doing. Jonathan and Kelvin are self-referential from the off with what they think, what they say and how to interpret…

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BOGOF – “thanks to Morrisons the supermarket”

21st May The pre-credits strap line for this meeting was billed as “a night fuelled on pure adrenalin”. This, you have to assume, would refer to the action on the track rather than in the interview booth with Jonathan and Kelvin. Part psychic, part sniffer dog Jonathan looks at the crowd and twitches with “a…

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"We’ve had a lot of wet rain”

14th May According to Jonathan, just like the hyperbole, absolutely everything is “huge” this week – we join the “huge crowd as always” at Monmore Green to apparently find “British speedway on a huge high” inspired by Chris ‘Bomber’ Harris. Kelvin is now of the opinion, “he’s young he’s got his future ahead of him”.…

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“We apologise to any viewer who might have seen something that might have disappointed them”

7th May I had to tape this meeting as I actually went to Smallmead and, because I spent some time in the pits also, I had the ideal chance to compare the ‘live experience’ to the ‘televised experience’. I’m not exactly sure what was going on with the transmission in my area but, sadly, until…

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Why Speedway Is So Special, Part 174

From BSPA website – Fours Update Friday 11 May 2007 Unfortunately, fairground rides for the children have had to be cancelled but late plans are in place for face painting and entertainment. Wonderful!

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He’s not even on his second bike

30th April It’s a sunny night in Swindon and the Sky Sports camera pans across Blunsdon Stadium to reveal packed terraces. Once again this week, Jonathan Green explains why the presence of the cameras hasn’t – as is traditional – decimated the audience, “they’ve brought in the crowd with special deals”. It’s not exactly a…

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British U21 Final

28th April A post about this event appears on the Eagles website.

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GP fever seizes the Sky pundits

23rd April Another week, another meeting and all the usual topics of conversation are back – the weather, the track, the so-called “great atmosphere”, the “exciting” meeting in prospect that “both teams want to win” and the recent topical favourite, the so-called iniquity of the 2007 changes to the tactical replacement rule – for the…

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Big crowd and reports of the laws of physics being defied by an absent rider

16th April The new era at Arena Essex has seen the club name change to the Lakeside Hammers and for the first visit of the Sky Sports cameras the new promotion at the club have taken the innovative step of offering completely free admission to the meeting. It’s a decision that has rightfully garnered them…

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Live “Dead in the Water” Speedway meeting

9th April Another week, another Sky Sports live broadcast where the rhetoric outruns the reality of what’s on display. The presenters are impressed to be at Monmore Green for the first time this season. Kelvin luxuriates in the “triffic atmosphere in the stadium” and Jonathan is chuffed with the “fantastic crowd” huddled together in front…

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Dustbowl Derby

The first leg of the double header Easter Sunday meeting between Reading and Swindon is enticing enough to attract a good sized crowd to Smallmead. The number of spectators through the turnstiles has been swelled by a good sized contingent of Swindon fans who gather on the third bend, which allows the keener ones to…

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Rugby Score of a Speedway Meeting

2nd April The latest televised broadcast from the speedway lovers at Sky Sports was mostly notable for its absences. New presenter Abi was very obviously missing from Sandy Lane – hopefully only for a further visit to the famed Sky presenter’s finishing school – as were any banal or meaningful interviews conducted in the pits.…

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Possible New Venues for Speedway in London – Breaking News!

Rumours have reached a crescendo that the relentless campaign to find a new home for speedway within the capital has identified a couple of exciting new possible stadium targets! A mystery man close to the search project, a Mr. D. Byrne said, “we are actively considering Upton Park because in recent years work has already…

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Shut That Door!

26th March The perils of live broadcasts are such that as soon as you’d uttered an authoritative prognostication on what has happened or what is about to happen, the evidence of the eyes of the armchair audience completely contradicts your claims. The latest Sky Sports live speedway broadcast of Belle Vue versus Poole provides a…

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"I wish I was an engine" – speedway returns to the telly

After their winter break Speedway returned to Sky Sports and treated us to a double dose on successive nights of the latest Panthers versus Racerdogs encounter. They say lightening doesn’t strike twice and these programmes were living proof of that adage though they did give absolutely everyone the chance to repeatedly demonstrate their meteorological skills.…

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New Eagles Blog Up and Running

My first official meeting as Writer in Residence at Eastbourne Speedway started with his drama with a confrontation between Nicki Pedersen and Craig Boyce. To read my account of this and my other blogs click here I was also fortunate to be interviewed as part of the Eagles press and practice day.

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Fencing and an important tip on how to handle equipment

I have had a long-standing invitation from Graham Cooke to come along and help the Swindon Robins track team with their winter work on the Blunsdon track. When he said “fencing” I imagined that I might have to buy an epee or foil specially or even perhaps help with some stolen goods but apparently he…

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Speedway Limerick Competition

A fun chance to win a signed copy of one of my Methanol Press books by submitting a speedway limerick. Please email your Speedway Limerick using the ‘Email the author’ link at the bottem of my website home page (put “Speedway Limerick” in the subject heading and include your postal address, phone number. Please state…

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Double Trouble – Writer in Residence

I can wait for the season to start and will now be writing two blogs next season. I’m delighted that Bob Brimson has invited me to be Writer in Residence for the Eastbourne Eagles.He has kindly given me permission to write whatever I want in the style of my usual work, albeit with a couple…

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Another Review in ‘the Voice’: The Official Journal of the Friends of Speedway

When Eagles Dared – by Jeff Scott. First I should say that I haven’t had time to read this entire book but I shall certainly finish it. This is a much more relaxed effort than Jeff’s first offering, Showered in Shale. His real love of Speedway and the Eastbourne Eagles in particular, and his sense…

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Sport, Sports Entertainment or Entertainment Sport?

In this week’s Speedway Star the always-engaging Peterborough and Rye House presenter Craig Saul makes an interesting philosophical observation when he deliberately classifies speedway as “sports entertainment” The exact quote reads as follows:“What we – at least claim we – are promoting in 2007 is ‘sports entertainment’, rather than pure sport, but you must be…

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Book Signings – February 2007

February 11th Telford* World IceFebruary 18th High Beech * My signed books will be on the always enthralling Enjay stall (also packed with other speedway merchandise) run by Nick and Johnny Barber as well as on the excellent stall run by the avunuclar Dave Rattenberry

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New easy-to-use Speedway Search Engine

Just like speedway is mostly ignored in the national print and broadcast media, so it has been with Internet search engines. If I type the title of my book Showered in Shale into google (as I do when vanity overcomes me and I have the odd idle minute), its not long before I’m lost in…

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Kind Reviews on Speedwayworld.com

“Jeff Scott, an avid and enthusiastic if not slightly eccentric speedway fan has written the book to fill those long winter evenings…[he] is a witty and articulate writer and in Worldspeedway.com’s opinion the book itself is probably the best speedway book written to date. Cleverly written, Scott not only tells his story of the season…

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Newport New Year Classic 2007 Rain Off

Inevitably as soon as Tim Stone, the promoter of the Newport New Year Classic, spoke in congratulatory fashion to the Speedway Star about the fact that this winter speedway event could and had run in all weathers, he was bound to irk the speedway weather gods. In other years whether the wintry conditions ranged from…

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Another Positive Review of WED

“There is something special about a long sultry night of racing at Arlington Stadium. Prolific speedway writer Jeff Scott has managed to capture that, and the less memorable meetings as well, in his latest book…[written] from down there amid the programme boards and baseball caps on the terraces as he brings us the characters, comics…

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The Blunsdon Blog

If you haven’t already clicked on this link on this page then please do so immediately if you want an authentic insight into the trials and tribulations of track preparation. It really is quite something as the dedication, obsessiveness, skill and humour of the characters (including ‘Punch’ and Gerard Richter among a cast of not…

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Sussex Express Review of WED

Picking over the Eagles’ bones RARELY – if ever – can a club’s speedway season have been so picked over as the Eastbourne Eagles’ 2005 campaign.It’s been given the Jeff Scott treatment – the Brighton-based author and self-confessed speedway nut who earlier this year gave us Showered in Shale.That mammoth tome was a trip around…

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High Praise from Peter Oakes for ‘When Eagles Dared’

“[When Eagles Dared is] Jeff Scott’s riveting personalised account of Eastbourne’s 2005 campaign….it’s a companion to Jeff’s better known book ‘Showered in Shale’….some of the material may be a little dated now but it is still a remarkable read and something completely different to any other books on the overcrowded market. Jeff has a very…

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John Berry book review

While the world of public pronouncements gets blander and blander when it comes to saying something controversial, having a strong opinion or uttering something that will even vaguely offend, you could be forgiven for thinking that many people apparently prefer moderation and weasel words to honesty. Even contemporary British speedway has started to become a…

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Blog Article in the Independent

Speedway fan Rob Griffin kindly contacted me about an article that he was doing on the phenomenon of blogging for the Independent newspaper. Having read the article it seems that I’m missing a few tricks when it comes to making money from this activity. It would be great to figure out who on earth would…

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‘Western Gazette’ review by Howard Milton

It seems Jeff Scott’s behind-the-scenes look at the 2005 British speedway season has caught the public’s imagination. Now on it’s second print run, the 500-page softback publication vividly captures speedway, once one of this counties’ most popular sports, at a crossroads.As Scott writes: “Speedway strikes me as the complete opposite of the contrived experiences of…

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Season Ends with Fireworks

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ASHLEY WAS OUR NUMBER 8 THIS SEASON

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Butterflies and Big News in ‘the Sun’

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Down came the rain

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Eagles Book Sets Amazon.co.uk Record

Moments ago my book When Eagles Dared reached number 659,689 in the Amazon.co.uk rankings This definitely makes it a record breaking book! (albeit of the wrong type) And Martin Dadswell was right I think I might blame my ponderous and prententious writing style

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Art Lesson in the Coventry Trackshop

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"Let’s be NOISY out there!"

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Big Country in the Black Country

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Review in ‘the Voice’

“I found this book difficult to enjoy properly on three counts; the terrible type face chosen, far too many footnotes (on average more than one per page) and Jeff’s rather pretentious and ponderous writing style. Speedway is a rather basic sport and comes across better when described in words of fewer syllables…This review may sound…

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How to Buy My Books Free of P&P at Waterstones/Ottakers

You can now buy ‘Showered in Shale’ (or ‘When Eagles Dared’) Postage Free! I think it’s always best to support your local bookshop or trackshop wherever possible… However, now that the season is over and the trackshops are shuttered for the close season, you may like to consider ordering any copies you need of my…

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A Meal Fit for a SCB Official

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A Night of Thrills and Talk of Sex at Alwalton

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"Jeff Scott’s Second Pile of ****"

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Large Crowd at Smallmead

September 25th My journey from Sheffield to Reading goes surprisingly smoothly and as a result I find myself in the area horrendously early, so I sample the delights of the nearby M4 service station and then head to the car park. I have arranged to arrive early as the friendly and efficient Torben Olsen of…

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Stabilisers Optional at a Windy ELRC

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Another Night with the Island People

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When Eagles Dared – New Book!

When Eagles Dared – New Book!

A Whimsical Account from the terraces behind Board 51 (and lurking at tracks elsewhere) of a Triumphant Eastbourne Speedway season with ultimate success missed by a merest Cat’s Whisker that features those handlebar heroes: Nicki, Floppy, Mooro, Deano, Watty, Shieldsy plus bosses, Cooky and Geery, and a vital yet innumerable cast of others – the…

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Smallmead EL Play-off Semi Final

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At Owlerton with the Mycenaeans and a voluble contingent from Redcar

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"It’s just another night for us"

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Generous Review by Frank Keating in ‘The Guardian’

Speed thrills with handlebar Hans and leathered LarsFrom Peterborough to Poole, an obsessive hardcore follows the mud thrown bySwedes, Poles, Danes and Brits as they ride round in circles. Frank KeatingThe Guardian, October 3, 2006 Fasten your earmuffs. Speedway is screeching down to the wire. Last night,at Reading, the first leg of the 2006 Elite…

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"Back with a Bang" at Shaun Tacey’s Testimonial

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Scary MK II

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Boom! Boom!

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Into the svelte Mastodon’s Lair at Ashfield

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Marmite and a Learned Review from ‘Professor’ Barclay

Last page of the Peterborough programme for the important televised meeting with Swindon featured the most scholarly review of my book so far by Derek ‘Professor’ Barclay. He has kindly sent me the text of his review though this means disappointing that you can’t see the picture of him that adorns the column – apparently…

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Trevor visits Armadale

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Problems with Tyres not Tired

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King’s Lynn Rider’s Cap Off Night of Celebration by Sleeping Together!

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How to Run a CL Pairs Championship – The Scunny Way

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Great Races in the Fens

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Kind Letter of Praise in the Speedway Star from a Reader

Good Read May I recommend the book Showered in Shale by Jeff Scott to all your readers. It is a simply fascinating and unique observation of the current speedway scene in Great Britain. Descriptions of the various locales and communities in which the tracks reside add valuable social background. The praise and acknowledgment of the…

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Forecast Of Torrential Rain

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July Photos

July Photos

First Bend Action at Arlington The Sun Never Sets on the St. John Ambulance Flag at Eastbourne Dave’ The Rat’ Rattenberry’s hand moves faster than sound towards the legendary Isle of Wight ‘Double Belly Buster Burger’ held by Stephen Davies Karen Hazelden helps Kevin ‘KC’ Coombes and his Assistant with the Draw for Third Place…

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‘Dons Snub Their Place in Speedway History’: Review by John Hyam

John Hyam, the doyen of the London speedway scene has recently kindly reviewed my book in the South London Press. Despite the decimation of the speedway club scene in London, barely a week goes by without John continuing his one man campaign to grab the attention of his readers with tales of handlebar heroes. I’m…

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Devils Draw Crowds to Flock Underneath the Lee of the A38 Flyover

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Behind the Glass at Sandy Lane

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The One and Only Sittingbourne Speedway

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A Trip to the Barbers

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52 Years On

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"Life’s what you make it, isn’t it?"

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Speedway Star Review

SHOWERED IN SHALE by Jeff Scott (Methanol Press, softback, 508 pages & 400 photos) Available now at all good track shops, visit www.methanolpress.com or send £25 cheque to cover P&P made payable to “J Scott”, Methanol Press, 2 Tidy Street, Brighton BN1 4EL 70 meetings and 10,000 miles, this is not a statement from a…

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Some More Kind Praise

“A compelling journey that delves deep into the psyche of British speedway. Scott’s odyssey is a multi-faceted account of the state of the sport.”Ben Findon, Daily Telegraph “Speedway from a supporters view – a new slant after all the recent riders books – thoroughly enjoyed a humorous and interesting read. Recommended.”Pat Bliss, long time Reading…

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Take One Wet Track, Just Add Shale and Hey Presto!

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Free Extract from my book!

An extract from the Arena Essex chapter of my book has appeared on a leading speedway website. Go to: http://www.speedwayplus.com If you haven’t purchased the book already this a great way to get a completely free flavour of the thing The very dedicated speedway enthusiast Allan Melville runs the great Speedway Plus website, which is…

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Review by Tony McDonald, Backtrack Editor, July-August 2006

“A very worthy effort by this very candid author…supplemented by 409 interesting – if rather small – offbeat black and white photographs. Liberally laced with Scott’s dry humour and pithy observations, ‘Showered in Shale’ is a thoroughly absorbing travelogue that presents a whole new angle on the sport – from a fans perspective. Never afraid…

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Boiling in Buxton

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Drama at Derwent Park Stadium

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Run Rabbit Run

SORRY! This page has been removed… A fully revised and updated version of this blog entry now appears in my new paperback book Shifting Shale (Methanol Press £20) published in June 2007. All my blog entries from 2006 are included in this book along with many other accounts from my travels that I withheld from…

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Dave Rattenberry, ICA Crook and John Rich in the warm Buxton track shop

Dave Rattenberry, ICA Crook and John Rich in the warm Buxton track shop

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A concerned Comets fan looks on at the injured Ritchie Hawkins

A concerned Comets fan looks on at the injured Ritchie Hawkins

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Book display outside the Workington track shop

Book display outside the Workington track shop

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Chelsea, Shannon and Mercedes pose with the book everyone’s talking about…

Chelsea, Shannon and Mercedes pose with the book everyone’s talking about…

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Sunday in Sittingbourne

SORRY! This page has been removed… A fully revised and updated version of this blog entry now appears in my new paperback book Shifting Shale (Methanol Press £20) published in June 2007. All my blog entries from 2006 are included in this book along with many other accounts from my travels that I withheld from…

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Vic Harding versus England

SORRY! This page has been removed… A fully revised and updated version of this blog entry now appears in my new paperback book Shifting Shale (Methanol Press £20) published in June 2007. All my blog entries from 2006 are included in this book along with many other accounts from my travels that I withheld from…

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