The subject of the Dave Stevens Dialogue this week was King’s Lynn’s England star Terry Betts whose testimonial meeting was to take place on Sunday May 4. The 20-heat individual meeting included such star guests as Peter Collins, Ray Wilson, Dave Jessup, Malcolm Simmons, Tony Davey, Nigel Boocock and Billy Sanders.
Those who believe that no organization has done more to harm speedway in England than the British Speedway Promoters’ Association, had evidence this week after Long Eaton’s application for a training track licence was turned down. Their attempt to be reinstated in the New National League had also been refused. Rider and prospective promoter James Bond’s application sat with the BSPA for over two months before the rejection was handed to him in a two-and-a-half line note.
Peter Oakes reviewed the three new clubs joining the New National League in 1975. Newcastle re-opened at Brough Park, Byker, in the East End of the city, Scotland’s newest club Paisley Lions set up at the home of St Mirren Football Club and, on May 18, the Fen Tigers would stage their inaugural meeting at Mildenhall West Row.
As Poland struggled to find world class riders, (Zenon Plech and Jerzy Szczakiel were their only big names), it was also battling internal problems as Chorzow refused to stage the World Pairs Championship Final. The event had to be switched from Katowice to Wroclaw, giving the home of the Sparta team just a few months to prepare for such a major meeting.
On the Speedway Star cover this week:
FRONT: Exeter’s Ivan Mauger leading Malcolm Simmons of Poole