Week Ending November 15

IN the World Champions’ Series taking place in South Africa, John Louis had been the star of the night in Johannesburg when speedway returned to the city in front of 11,000 people. It was one of the country’s biggest ever speedway crowds and the track, laid on top of the tarmac car strip, produced some excellent racing.

Twenty-four hours later, in Durban, another packed house saw Ivan Mauger exact revenge over Louis, beating him in the final of the night. The finalists on both occasions included Mauger, Louis and Ole Olsen with Egon Müller completing the quartet in Johannesburg and Barry Briggs in Durban.  

‘THE SPIRIT OF REBELLION is in the air,’ wrote Eric Linden in his weekly column. The article referred to the desire, expressed by some in the New National League, to break away from the British League. Their wish was not to sever all contact with their counterparts in the former First Division but simply to end the regime in which decisions taken by NNL promoters had to be ratified by those of the BL.

The matter had been brought to a head by a number of trivial wrangles, includingthe BL’s objection to the title of the National League Northern Riders’ Championship, which they claimed would be confused with the BL’s own Northern Riders’ Championship. ‘I will not change the title of my event, come what may,’ stormed Hull promoter Ian Thomas. ‘They can order what they like.’

PETER OAKES reported on what he described as ‘the biggest mechanical battle for years’. Already, he claimed, the first shots had been fired in the clash between the Czechoslovakian Jawa and the four-valve motors from Britain and Australia. ‘There is little doubt,’ wrote Oakes, ‘that the amazing success of the Weslake… has startled bosses at the Jawa factory. Now they are working flat out on their own four-valve motor that should be available in Britain next summer.’

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: George Barclay of Crayford Kestrels (left) battling with Coatbridge’s Brian Collins. John Wilson is the other rider

BACK: Zenon Plech of Hackney Hawks

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