WOLVERHAMPTON bosses were clearly angered by the decision of British League’s General Council to transfer Ole Olsen to Oxford and the move brought a swift reaction. Joint promoter Mike Parker lodged an immediate appeal to the Speedway Control Board while Oxford began preliminary talks with the Danish rider who had been racing for the Rest of the World side against America. Speaking from Los Angeles, he told Speedway star, ‘Providing the terms are right, I will be happy to join Oxford,’
NEWPORT pulled off one of the biggest captures of the close season with the signing of talented Australian Phil Herne. Transfer-listed by Birmingham over the winter, the youngster had made the choice of track himself after the Brummies’ bosses had reached financial agreement with several Division One teams. His decision had apparently been swayed by his close friendship with Newport captain Neil Street and his protege Phil Crump.
TOMMY JANSSON won the seventh and final round of the World Champions series, denying Ivan Mauger a clean sweep of victories in the winter competition. Mauger had won the first six rounds but could only manage fourth place overall in an Auckland meeting dominated by protest and counter protest from the nine participating riders. Mauger won the competition overall and Jansson’s points took him into third place on aggregate.
On the Speedway Star cover this week:
FRONT: Dave Morton (left) and Barry Thomas of Hackney Hawks