They may seem rather dated to a modern eye, but these stories were written at a time when everyone knew what speedway was, when tens of thousands turned out to watch it each week, when no subscription was necessary to see it on TV and when comics, books and annuals featured the sport as a regular thing. Go on, take yourself back and enjoy one!

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SpeedwayFiction Speedway like it used to be! Home Heroes of the Track Enjoy this selection of speedway stories from our library of Books, comics and annuals of yesteryear To view each story you will need a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat which you can download free from the link below Please scroll down to read much more from our library of books, comics and annuals of yesteryear

Tallon of the Track - an episode from 1975

This story comes from Tiger & Scorcher comic, August 16, 1975. Jo Tallon is the female trainer of the Flying Ospreys speedway team where a new signing is causing trouble …

Buster Lived for Speed -

a story from the Champion Annual 1951.

 

‘As the three riders swept past on their second lap, a terrific explosion drowned even the roar of their exhausts …’

Lure of the Speedway - a story from the Tip Top Book 1951.


The gift of  a motorbike sets Tommy off on the bumpy journey to speedway stardom

The Phantom Speedster of the Stormers

by Harry Clements

From the Tiger Annual 1957

Tallon of the Track

This is a comic-strip story from the Tiger Annual, 1976

The Speedway Surprise Packet

by John G Wright

This story appeared in the Champion Annual for Boys, 1952 edition

Chancey’s Skid Kids

This is a rare cycle speedway story from the Champion Annual for Boys, 1952 edition.

The Come-Back Cavalier

A short story from the first edition of Tommy Price’s Speedway Mixture, 1950

A Star and the Stars

A short story from the first edition of Tommy Price’s Speedway Mixture, 1950

Killer Complex by Kenneth Wheeler

A short story from the first edition of Tommy Price’s Speedway Mixture, 1950

King Cinder by John Foster

This popular and successful serial was first shown between November 2nd and December 7th, 1977 on BBC1. Click here to find out more about the book and its author, and to watch a video clip

Once a Jolly Swagman by Montagu Slater

Every speedway fan knows this novel, if only because it was made into the 1948 film starring Dirk Bogarde,

Click here and find out more about the book and its author

Tallon of the Track

The first ever episode from the Tiger & JAG comic, October 13, 1973.


Speedway roars into Tiger - in top gear!

A Speedway Star in the Making - a story from the Champion Annual 1940.

 

‘An article for boys who aspired to be the British speedway stars of the future

Dart Dixon - Speedway Avenger - a story from the Champion comic, December 16, 1939


With Britain  now at war, entertainment for children was increasingly important

Tallon of the Track First Episode.pdf A Speedway Star in the Making.pdf Dart Dixon - Speedway Avenger (Episode).pdf Tallon of the Track August 16 1975 (3).pdf Buster Lived For Speed (3).pdf Lure of the Speedway (3).pdf The Phantom Speedster of the Stormers (3).pdf Tallon of the Track (3).pdf The Speedway Surprise Packet by John G Wright (1).pdf Chancey's Skid Kids (3).pdf The Come-Back Cavalier (3).pdf A Star and the Stars (3).pdf Killer Complex by Kenneth Wheeler (3).pdf King Cinder Once a Jolly Swagman

The Black Ace

A story from the Boys’ Magazine, April 20 1929



Perhaps is isn’t surprising that a speedway story this old should be set in Australia

The Black Ace.pdf

The Dirt Track Smash

A story from the Boys’ Magazine, April 20 1929


‘A duel of iron-nerved men - part of it played out on the dirt track, that reeling, gasping arena of  the speed age.’

The Dirt Track Smash.pdf

Skid Kids

A rare article about cycle speedway from the Boys’ Own Paper, October 1949

Skid Kids.pdf

Skid Solo

When racing driver Skid Solo went to pick up an award given by motor racing sports writers, he was taken aback to see film of his early career - as a speedway rider…

Tiger & Jag Dec 11 1974 Skid Solo B.pdf

Wide Open to Win

From the remotest wilds of the Australian Bush to the highlights of the British speedways is a far cry but that summed up the career of N’Gomi, the Black Ace of the Dirt Track…

Wide Open to Win.pdf

Skid Wild -

Speedway Rider

Published in 1951, this is the story of Colin ‘Skid’ Wild, a rider for the Silver Eagles at Belmont Speedway…

Skid Wild Novels

Skid Wild -

Speedway Captain

The sequel to ‘Speedway Rider’ was published in 1952. As far as we know, it was the only other Skid Wild novel…

Skid Wild Novels

The Schoolboy Speedster

By Edwin Dale


This story comes from the

Champion Annual 1932.

Edwin Dale was the first author of a speedway story to be published in Britain

The Schoolboy Speedster

Double of the Mystery

Speed Ace

By Ted Cowan


For Johnny Speed it was like looking at himself in a mirror…


(Episode 1 from April 1947)

Double Of The Mystery Speed Ace Episode 1.pdf

The Speedway Cavaliers

By Alfred Edgar


Written in only the second year of speedway in Britain



A complete story from

May 1929

The Speedway Cavaliers by Alfred Edgar (Complete).pdf SpeedwayFiction

GERRY ALLEN

Prince of The Cinders


A complete comic strip story

from Popular Stories for

Boys


Published by Birn Bros, London in the 1950s

Gerry Allen - Prince of the Cinders.pdf

THE SCHOOLBOY
SPEEDWAY STAR


Most stories in the Champion comic were illustrated text. This was a rare comic strip tale which ran for 15 episodes in 1952.          

The Schoolboy Speedway Star.pdf

THE GRAVEL PIT SPEEDWAY (1929)


The schoolboy speedmen of St Clair College have established a secret speedway! This story has all the ingredients of the sports infancy in Britain.          

The Gravel Pit Speedway.pdf

THE BLACK KING’S TREASURE


A complete story from the Boys’ Magazine of 1928, the first year of speedway in Britain. (It includes language which may offend modern sensibilities).

The Black King's Treasure.pdf

FLYING CINDERS!

By Alfred Edgar


A complete story from the Modern Boy magazine,

Week ending May 18, 1929. Another of the earliest speedway stories ever to be published.         

Flying Cinders by Alfred Edgar.pdf

TEARAWAY TONY BLANE


This complete, 10-page speedway story appeared in Every Boy’s Book of Sport, published by Clerke & Cockeran, London, in 1952. The annual also featured a factual article on the World Championship.         

Tearaway Tony Blane SMALL.pdf

MICK MACE - RACKET BUSTER


The Mick Mace comic strip appears twice in the 1952 Sporting Record annual Sports Thrills. This story has a speedway connection.        

Mick Mace - Racket Buster.pdf SpeedwayFiction