Week Ending July 19

DAVE JESSUP, the top Englishman in the averages at 10.84, was chosen by the BSPA as the July challenger for the Speedway Star Golden Helmet. He would take on the new holder of the title, Ole Olsen, over two legs at Wolverhampton on July 18 and Leicester on July 29.

Olsen had ended Phil Crump’s reign as the helmet holder, a suucessful run that had earned the Australian £300 in prize money.

IN his own Speedway star column, PETER COLLINS explained his absence from the England team which beat Sweden at King’s Lynn 70-38 in the fourth international of the series. ‘I wanted to ride for England,’ Collins wrote, but added that he had committed to a meeting in West Germany long before the test match date was arranged. As it turned out, the Swedes were missing Anders Michanek who rode in the same continental fixture so the BSPA gave Collins the green light to attend.

Paisley boss NEIL MACFARLANE  expressed his displeasure at not being awarded the Scotland team manager’s job for the British Round of the  World Team Cup at Reading. Describing a ‘stinking system’ he protested that the job had gone to Dick Barrie ahead of four licensed promoters in Scotland. He cited himself and Ken Taylor as two with a wealth of team management experience behind them. In the event, the Scottish team came last, the scores being: ENGLAND 37, AUSTRALIA 24, NEW ZEALAND 21, SCOTLAND 14.

Wimbledon took the unusual step of inviting a New National League rider to take part in their Daily Mirror Open Championship on July 24. Newcastle’s exciting youngster JOE OWEN was included in a line-up that featured such illustrious names as Peter Collins, Scott Autrey, Barry Briggs, Ole Olsen and Tommy Jansson. Dons’ boss Cyril Maidment explained, ‘Owen is an outstanding prospect … I’m sure he’ll prove quite an attraction.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: A trio of Witches, Milke Lanham, Billy Sanders &Trevor Jones

BACK: A thoughtful Tommy Jansson at Plough Lane

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