Week Ending January 25

AFTER A FORTNIGHT’S LAY-OFF because of rain, the British Lions touring team finished off their test series with the sort of result everyone had been hoping for earlier.

For the first time in the series, they took Australia apart with a resounding 61-46 win in the final test at Perth’s massive Claremont Speedway to finish their tour with a 5-2 series reverse.

Chris Morton scored a fine 14 points, closely followed by Doug Wyer on 12 and, for once, Australia’s big two, Phil Crump and Billy Sanders were held by the Lions

FEMALE FANS mourned at the announcement from Norway that Hackney star Dag Lovaas had married his fiancee Live Kristensen. The couple, both from Holmestrand, had enjoyed a quiet wedding just before the New Year.

Lovaas’s request for a move from Waterden Road was due to be discussed by promoters in the next few weeks but, despite rumours suggesting that he might go to Oxford or Wolverhampton, it was thought more likely that he would end up back in Reading Racers’ colours for the start of the 1975 season.

On the Speedway Star cover this week, the British Lions touring side:

FRONT: Jimmy McMillan, Doug Wyer, Kevin Holden and Chris Morton

BACK: Wally Mawdsley (manager), Nigel Boocock, Eric Broadbelt and Reg Wilson

Speedway Headlines 1975

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IN A BIZARRE ANNOUNCEMENT from Arlington, Eastbourne boss Bob Dugard told Speedway Star that he intended to ‘deliberately reduce the Eagles’ strength this year.’ The aim, he claimed, was to increase the entertainment value for south coast fans. ‘With our present resources,’ Dugard boasted, ‘we could stampede the proposed National League, but this doesn’t make for speedway entertainment.’

In the end, the reduction in strength proved more of a publicity stunt. The Eagles finished fourth out of the twenty teams in the New National League.