Posts Tagged ‘ Shale Trek ’

Darcy Ward: equals track record in his first ever ride at Glasgow Tigers Speedway (aged 16)

The rider every Glasgow speedway fan wants to see this afternoon is Darcy Ward. The ‘Meet the Visitors’ section of the programme succinctly summarises his potential appeal. “The Premier League newcomer of the year will definitely be Darcy Ward. The 16-year-old from Australia has taken the northern hemisphere speedway world by storm. He’s gone straight…

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Ian Thomas (speedway impressario)

Ian Thomas (speedway impressario)

The charming speedway showman and gentleman Ian Thomas has passed depriving us all of his wit, love of life, people, honest opinions and his skills as a close-up magician. Genuinely a privilege to have met Ian and briefly known him. A unique man. Rest in Peace! With a larger-than-life personality, quick wit, insight and enviable…

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35% Collapse in number of paying customers in two years at Weymouth Speedway exacerbates liquidity problems

35% Collapse in number of paying customers in two years at Weymouth Speedway exacerbates liquidity problems

Weymouth speedway average crowd 2008 = 380 2009 = 320 (down 16%) 2010 = c.244 (down 23%) [excluding figures for May 21st & May 28th] Last season Weymouth Wildcats Chairman Phil Bartlett outlined his own ‘revolutionary’ proposal to restore profitability at the club, “If I had my way I’d lock up the pits gate completely…

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Page 99 Ford Madox Ford Test at Methanol Press

Ford Madox Ford famously said, “Open the book to page ninety-nine, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you” See below if reading these snippets from my books published from 2006 to 2010 prompts you want to buy any… Shale Trek (2010) p.99 Comment and the recent outcry over allegations about Poole’s…

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It’s speedway – but not as we know it – (review of Shale Trek by Gary Pinchin of Motorcycle News)

Speedway. First out of the gate wins. God, I hate that cliché. It’s true you don’t get much overtaking when you set four, brakeless, methanol-burning 500cc race bikes off around a 350 metre oval dirt track, but when someone does manage it you just want to punch the air and scream yyyyyesssss with excitement –…

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Sky Sports British Speedway Viewing Figures 2002-2009

In Monty Python’s Life of Brian, there’s the wonderful moment where the question ‘what have the Romans ever done for us?’ gets asked (answer: quite a lot). Some speedway fans have had the temerity to wonder similarly – what exactly have Sky Sports done for British speedway (with their regular coverage of the sport)? On…

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Mike Bacon of Ipswich Evening Star reviews Shale Trek, June 21st 2010

You know 10 years ago you couldn’t find a book on speedway for love nor money. Today it’s all totally different. But while autobiographies, biographies and re-runs of famous riders no longer with us, continue to flood the market, Jeff Scott’s look at the world of speedway has few equals. Why? Because he tells it…

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BSPA Website Competition

To enter the BSPA website competition to win one of the three signed copies of Shale Trek, click on the contact button above* and answer the following question: Name the riders who won the 2009 National League Best Pairs Championship? Please provide your name and address along with your answer. * Please DON’T submit your…

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