Week Ending August 23

ORIGINALLY expected to be covered by the BBC, it was announced that ITV would be televising the British League Riders’ Championship Final at Belle Vue. The meeting, sponsored by Skol lager would be run in the afternoon so that the coverage could go out live. One of the biggest obstacles to live broadcasting of meetings was that it tended to reduce the crowd at the events themselves but, with the Belle Vue spectacular almost guaranteed to be a sell-out, there were no such fears on this occasion.

BARRY CROWSON’s appeal to the Control Board for a transfer away from Wimbledon was turned down. Having spent 1974 with King’s Lynn, Crowson had intended to retire at the end of that season because of business commitments but Don’s boss Cyril Maidment had tempted him to join the Plough Lane outfit. A broken wrist in March had sidelined him, however, and Wimbledon had signed Larry Ross and Ed Stangeland in the interim, leaving the recovered rider feeling there was no longer a place for him in the Dons’ side.

CHRIS PUSEY was on his soapbox about the Control Board’s decision to ban a new tyre produced by Bert Kingston in Australia. According to speedway regulations, the tread on Kingston’s tyre is cut too deeply but Pusey’sopinion was that the rules should be changed. He wrote, ‘Bert has produced a ready-cut tyre which would sell at about the same price as a Dunlop. But as well as saving riders the time and effort they have to spend cutting tyres, it would do many more meetings than a Dunlop.’

ENGLAND riders were due to depart for Sweden where they would take on the Scandinavians in a five-match test series, starting at Kumla on the Tuesday. Since this was an ‘away’ series, the selectors were freed of what the Speedway Star called their ‘banal desire to put in “local” reserves for home internationals,’ (something that regularly caused controversy and was done simply to increase attendances). The result was that two of the Lions’ most promising newcomers could be rewarded with selection. The pair would be chosen from John Davis and the Morton brothers, Chris and Dave.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: England & Leicester skipper Ray Wilson

BACK: Andy Cusworth of Stoke

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