Week Ending May 17

Sixteen riders had been invited to visit Poland to take part in international matches in June. They were: Martin Ashby, Frank Auffret, Terry Betts, Eric Broadbelt, Peter Collins, John Davis, Arnold Haley, Dave Jessup, John Louis, Jim McMillan, Chris Pusey, Malcolm Simmons, Barry Thomas, Ray Wilson and Doug Wyer. The trip was in exchange for the 1974 tour of the UK by Polish riders. It involved senior and ‘B’ teams, both of which would ride two international matches on June 7 and 8.

The boom in American speedway continued when league racing returned to the United States in June. It took the form of a British-style league and four tracks had signed up at the time this article was written. It was an expensive business, costing each team boss who took part £70,000. The competing tracks at that stage were Los Angeles, Orange County, Northern California and Seattle.

The week’s racing record reported that Exeter’s run of 31 consecutive home league wins came crashing down on May 5 when they lost to Cradley United by an amazing score of 30 - 48. The Falcons had lost Scott Autrey to an asthma attack just before the meeting and despite a dazzling 15-point maximum from Ivan Mauger, they didn’t have the resources to match Cradley’s in-depth strength. Exeter’s second-top scorer was Kevin Holden with 6 points.

Boston were just recovering from the shock of losing at home after a 54 match sequence and took heart from the improvement in form of young star Michael Lee. He had just reeled off three fine heat wins against Birmingham. The Barracudas were currently occupying 8th position out of 20 teams in the New National League.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Oxford Rebels’ star Dag Lovaas

BACK: Robbie Blackadder of Newcastle Diamonds

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