ANNIHILATION was the single word headline at the front of the Speedway Star this week. It summed up England’s defeat of Australia in the second Test Match at Perth. On the large Claremont track, the tourists romped to an emphatic 34-74 victory with Peter Collins (17), Chris Pusey (15) and Doug Wyer (13) topping the score-chart. Once again, Phil Crump (17) was the only Australian to post a double-figure score.
WINTER BLUES were set to be dispelled with the announcement that ITV were aiming to televise the Australasian Final of the World Championship. World of Sport producers announced their intentiojn to screen the event, which was to take place at the end of February in Auckland, New Zealand, within a week of its staging. Among the British League riders likely to be taking part were Ivan Mauger, Barry Briggs, Phil Crump, Billy Sanders and John Boulger.
BIRMINGHAM made an official application to join the British League. Promoter Joe Thurley posted off his request in good time, ahead of the BL promoters’ conference the following week. He claimed that the Brummies’ record on and off the track for the previous two seasons would make them worthy of British league membership, pointing to their successive League Championships in Division 2 and the New National League, strong crowd numbers and the excellent stadium facilities at Perry Barr.
On the Speedway Star cover this week:
FRONT: Ian Turner, Terry Betts and Jan Henningsen of King’s Lynn Stars