Week Ending September 20

THERE was controversy at the World 1000 metres Final when Norwegian Ed Stangeland claimed that he had been offered a bribe not to ride.

Stangeland, who had qualified for his first ever world final, had aggravated an old cartilage injury during the Saturday practice but was changed and ready to ride when, only minutes before the customary riders’ meeting, he was told he would have to be examined by a doctor before being allowed to ride.

In the report from Peter Oakes in Radgona, Yugoslavia, Stangeland is quoted as saying: ‘I was approached by someone who said I should not ride. I didn’t even talk about it as I have spent all year trying to get to this final and have spent over £500 on my bikes, (Almost £4,400 at 2013 prices). Then, just before the meeting the doctor sees me and says I cannot ride. I wsa fit to ride. I know that. I have ridden before and lots of riders have ridden with worse injuries.’

Eventual winner of the meeting was West Germany’s Egon Müller who scored 27 points and took the final after passing Barry Briggs on the first bend. Second was Ivan Mauger (22) while Ole Olsen took third place (19).

The event was mired in controversy when stadium staff began to water the dusty track with hose-pipes and members of the crowd joined in, making the first bend dangerously slippery.

BEGINNING the post-mortem on the 1975 Wembley World Final, Peter Collins bemoaned the fact that his own chances of success had been ruined by spectators who took it upon themselves to water the dusty track by leaning over the safety fence and flooding his gate four position in the vital heat nine. Len Silver, he reported, had tried to control what was happening but fans had ignored his warnings. Much more would be said on this subject.

ENGLAND riders Peter Collins, Martin Ashby, John Louis and Malcolm Simmons were set to bid for a third victory in the World Team Cup Final, to be held this year at Norden in West Germany. ‘England’ had won as Great Britain at Wembley in 1973 and followed up that success in front of 80,000 Polish supporters in Katowice 12 months later. Ray Wilson would be travelling out with them as non-riding captain while the reserve place was given to Dave Jessup.

In his report, Dave Stevens warned against complacency and reminded readers of the 1970 final when an unfancied Swedish side had run away with 42 out of a possible 48 points at Wembley.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Peter Collins battling with Tommy Jansson

BACK: Swindon’s Martin Ashby

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