Week Ending April 5

The Australians had just managed to beat Poland by 54½ to 51½ in the sixth and final test match at Liverpool, New South Wales. The match report records that the Aussies were one point down going into the final heat. Top scorers for the Poles were Zenon Plech and Edward Jancarz with 15 points each while Billy Sanders and Bob Humphreys led for Australia with 12 apiece. Plech won five of his six races but was disqualified in heat 13 for running off the track.


Michael Lee was the subject of this week’s Dave Stevens Dialogue. Lee had just turned 16 and had only left school officially a week or so earlier. Described as ‘matchstick thin and approaching six foot,’ he told the interviewer ‘For as long as I can remember, I’ve never wanted to be anything but a speedway rider.’ Michael had just signed a contract with King’s Lynn Stars and admitted, ‘There were many invitations (from other clubs) but really I’ve only ever wanted to join the Lynn.’

Communist East Germany was reported as putting together a programme for the season which suggested a greater commitment to the sport. Poland and the Soviet Union had both promised to provide international opposition whilst a best pairs competition and an individual championship were also in the pipeline. The authorities also had an eye to the future and were planning a junior championship to run in conjunction with the annual East Sea Cup.

Pete Smith, the Poole skipper, was set to become the highest-scoring rider in the Pirates’ history. Writer Dave Briers estimated that by about mid-season, Smith should pass the total number of points amassed by the superb Geoff Mudge, (2,488½ from 314 matches). Mudge’s only close rival to that point had been Ken Middleditch with 2,422½ from 255 matches.


On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Danish star Ole Olsen

BACK: Sheffield’s Arnold Haley

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