Week Ending November 29

FIFTEEN YEAR-OLD Bob Garrad had been the talking point of recent sessions at Hackney’s training school. The young flier, who would be 16 in December, was set to be offered a contract with the Hawks. Initially, the idea would be to send him out on loan to Rye House in the New National League to gain experience.

SPEEDWAY PUBLICATIONS out for the Christmas market this year included the Riders’ 1976 Super Calendar which boasted ‘machine drawings of framing quality’. Ivan Mauger’s Speedway Spectacular and Ivan Mauger’s World Speedway Book, both ghosted by Peter Oakes offered absorbing reading and excellent photography while Speedway with Briggo, Trackin’ with Briggo and Briggo’s World of Speedway included in-depth analyses of the sport’s emerging big names, a host of pictures and the New Zealander’s unrivalled knowledge of speedway. John Louis published the first of his Inside Speedway volumes and Dave Lanning brought out his entertaining tour of cinders and shale, Speedway and Short track Racing.

SPEEDWAY STAR was conducting a winter debate on the subject of commuting foreign riders, inviting comments from their readers. A selection of these included:


‘Banning the Commuting Foreigner will only reduce the present high standards of British league racing. The Rider Control Committee have a difficult enough job trying to balance up team strengths as it is’

Alan Morris, Swindon

‘If promoters want to sign a foreigner, there should be a careful policing of those allowed in. It seems wrong to me that an unknown foreigner should be given an assessed average of 7.50. The figure may well ‘balance the books’ as far as Rider Control goes but it opens the dooor to just about anyone being allowed in.’

Derek Williams, Wickford

‘The foreigner cannot expect to be allowed to go home for every meeting there, too. Australians and new Zealanders are expected to contest all British League matches and so should other non-British riders.’

Angela Moore, Manchester

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Sid Sheldrick of Paisley Lions who entered the New National League in 1975

BACK: Chris Pusey leads John Boulger and Terry Betts

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