Christmas Quiz 2013
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Our 2012 Christmas Quiz was so popular with readers that we decided to do it again.
We’ve chosen the same multiple-
The competition closed at midnight on December 23, 2013.
Speedway like it used to be!
In the early Seventies, a small number of riders dominated the averages. Which rider topped the averages in the British League Division One in both 1972 and 1974?
A Ivan Mauger
B Anders Michanek
C Ole Olsen
D Barry Briggs
In the 1970s, you could always catch the day’s speedway results on Radio Luxembourg just after the 11pm news. You would have to tune in your radio using the dial in those days, of course. Luxembourg was a medium-
A 108 metres
B 208 metres
C 308 metres
D 408 metres
When Wolverhampton approached Tommy Johansson to ride for them in 1977, the talented young Swede asked for a signing-
One of the most popular speedway comic strips of the 1970s was Tallon of the Track, which featured the exploits of Jo Tallon, female coach of the Flying Ospreys speedway team. Which comic featured these stories?
B Lion & Eagle
C Tiger & Scorcher
‘King Cinder’ written by John Foster was a popular and successful serial about speedway racing, first shown between November 2nd and December 7th, 1977 on BBC1. The six 25-
A Peter Duncan
B Peter Purves
C Simon Groom
D Mark Curry
Dag Lovaas rode for five different British teams between 1970 and 1976: Newcastle Diamonds, Reading Racers, Hackney Hawks, Oxford Rebels and White City Rebels. He was Norwegian Champion for two consecutive years in that period. Which two?
A 1970 and 1971
B 1971 and 1972
C 1973 and 1974
D 1975 and 1976
In 1975, the June 21 edition of Speedway Star reported that Sweden hade made it a hat-
A Soren Sjosten & Bo Wirebrand
B Tommy Johansson & Bernt Persson
C Bengt Jansson & Christer Lofqvist
D Anders Michanek & Tommy Jansson
In July, 1973 controversy reigned over the exclusion of a Swede for bringing down an England rider in the match race to decide the result of a speedway international at Wembley. Sweden team manager Christer Bergstrom described it as ‘the worst refereeing decision I have ever seen,’ and there was pandemonium in the pits after the incident. Commentators Barry Briggs and Dave Lanning felt the TV replay vindicated referee Arthur Humphrey who said, ‘Regulation 214 is quite clear on the point. If one rider causes another to fall, he is disqualified.’ Who were the two riders involved?
A Soren Sjosten & Ray Wilson
B Anders Michanek & Peter Collins
C Bengt Jansson and Terry Betts
D Tommy Jansson & John Louis
Which team took the championship title in the final year of Division Two (1974) and the first year of the New National League (1975)?
A Eastbourne Eagles
B Boston Barracudas
C Newcastle Diamonds
D Birmingham Brummies
Throughout the 1970s, one of the children’s magazines which featured occasional articles about speedway racing was also known as the Junior TV Times. What was its real name?
A Look and Learn
C Picture Weekly
Which rider was born in East Ham, London in 1952 but began his career more than 300 miles away for Sunderland Stars in 1974?
A Vic Harding
B Dave Beech
C Les Ott
D Keith White
In September 1973, which country became outright winners of the World Team Cup, having secured the trophy three times in succession?
It was the year in which the New Seekers came second in the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’, Derby County won the Football League First Division title for the first time in their history, a miners’ strike resulted in a state of emergency being declared and Scunthorpe finished bottom of speedway’s Division Two, managing only 11 points. Which year was it?
Previously overlooked in terms of national recognition, speedway stepped out of the shadows in the Seventies when Barry Briggs was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for ‘services to speedway’. In which year did this happen?
In 1975, Wimbledon took the unusual step of inviting a New National League rider to take part in their Daily Mirror Open Championship on July 24. The exciting youngster was included in a line-
A Ellesmere Port’s John Jackson
B Boston’s Michael Lee
C Stoke’s Alan Molyneux
D Newcastle’s Joe Owen
Throughout the 1970s, only three English riders topped the Division One / Gulf British League averages: Michael Lee, John Louis and Malcolm Simmons. Which of the following speedway nations did NOT provide the top man in any year of that decade?
A New Zealand
In the Seventies, speedway fans could find their sport featured regularly on TV, most notably on ITV’s Saturday programme World of Sport. Dickie Davies was World of Sport’s presenter from the retirement of Eamonn Andrews in 1968. In which year did the programme end?
Many supporters would like to see again the days when their newsagent’s shelves contained a choice of speedway magazines. (Some wouldn’t mind seeing any speedway magazine being stocked). Which of the following magazines replaced the Speedway Post?
A Speedway Pix
B Speedway Express
C Speedway Mail
D Speedway Argus
Two Soviet feature films of the 1970s, ‘Wedding Day’ and ‘Closure of the Season’, were set in the world of speedway racing. Which film studio produced both movies?
A Odessa Cinema Studio
B Sverdlovsk Film Studio
C Gorky Film Studio
D Yalta Film Studio
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40 years ago this month, Reading’s hugely popular Australian star Geoff Curtis was killed in a track accident in Sydney. When he first arrived in Britain, for which Division Two team did he ride?
A Long Eaton Rangers
B Bradford Northern
C Workington Comets
D Crewe Kings