Week Ending December 20

SUNNING THEMSELVES in Majorca at their annual conference, the Gulf British League promoters had nevertheless managed to come up with a number of decisions during the previous week. Moves to scrap Rider Control were thrown out, there would be no decision on team strengths until January, all of the 1975 tracks had declared their intention to run during 1976, there would be no ban on foreign riders, the draws for the Speedway Star Cup and the Inter-League Cup were completed and it was announced that there would be tours by East European club sides.

Birmingham won their sought-after place in the senior league but not without a fight. Ultimately, they were able to win enough votes after putting forward a sufficiently convincing case.

Rochdale’s application to join the National League was not endorsed, nor was approval given to the application to use EEC riders in the league.

The FIM’s new ruling on silencers prompted a BSPA resolution that the use of silencers will be compulsory in all meetings under their jurisdiction. Tests were currently underway to produce an approved model for common use.

Finally, the use of British League riders on National League tracks was to remain as previously: each NL track being allowed one four-team tournament and three match races.

UNIMAGINEABLE to speedway supporters today, an announcement by Cathay Pacific Airways at the launch of a new Heathrow service, prompted thoughts of a boom in speedway in South East Asia. Cathay’s PR manager Tim Rossi said, ‘If we can carry the considerable traffic in speedway riders between Europe and Australia, it would make a lot of sense to explore stopovers with tracks at our home base, Hong Kong, Singapore and maybe even a few of our other destinations like Taiwan, Seoul and Djakarta. We might manage a good deal for international speedmen.’ Well known for their sponsorship of sport in Asia, Cathay Pacific’s interest in speedway looked very interesting.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Doug Wyer (Sheffield) and Chris Pusey (Halifax)

BACK: Trevor Geer (Oxford Rebels) leads Scott Autrey (Exeter Falcons) and Dag Lovaas

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