Week Ending April 26

Ipswich general manager John Berry caused a stir during the Spring Gold Cup match with Reading by asking the referee to take a sample of fuel from Racers’ international Bob Humphreys. The Ipswich camp suspected that he might be using the banned additive nitro-methane. Reading promoter Reg Fearman explained Bob’s flying form by revealing that he was riding ‘a special bike.’ The fuel, it was revealed, had been bought at the Mildenhall training track on the previous Sunday.

In 1973, Reading had finished the season as League Champions but, with the loss of their Tilehurst track, were unable to defend the title the following year. With his licence kept on ice, Reg Fearman set about converting a rubbish tip at Smallmead into a new stadium and, slightly later than planned, the Racers resumed their British League challenge on April 28. Heading the 1975 line-up was Reading’s Swedish star Anders Michanek.

Mildenhall at last received their British League approval and were set to begin life as a New National League team. Co-promoter Colin Barber said, ‘The track is superb, the facilities are virtually ready, additional terracing will be up in good time and by the end of the week, we should be in a position to announce our team.’ Their first signing was the stylish Kevin Jolly, a product of Mildenhall’s winter training school.  

Oxford promoter Bob Dugard was threatening to take out an injunction against Swindon to prevent Bob Kilby from riding until an appropriate fee had been paid. Kilby had been allocated to Swindon for the 1975 season by Rider Control and Oxford had been advised by the BSPA that they were entitled to a fee. Dugard said, ‘We are worried at present about what the position would be for Oxford if Kilby should be injured before a payment is made.’

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: England’s Martin Ashby and Doug Wyer

BACK: Hull’s Swedish star Tommy Johansson

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