Apart from advertisements for books and DVDs, and the ever-present plug for the Cardiff Grand Prix, today’s speedway press is something of a commercial-free zone. But it wasn’t always the case.
Below, we reproduce some regular adverts from speedway magazines of earlier decades. They represent only a small selection of those we saw week after week. How many do you recall?
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Would you buy a used car from these men?
When JAP was the world’s best
No videos or DVDs in those days. Just the irrepressible Wally Loak, the originator of the taped speedway commentary
Leathers - better protection than kevlars?
It’s been a long time since a new Jawa cost this much - with or without VAT
Top of the Pops? Briggo the music man
We all know Subbuteo table football and even table cricket. But how many of us have ever seen table speedway? Does anyone have any pictures of this game? And how was it played?
One of a series of adverts featuring Britain’s top riders, run by Gulf Oil during their time as sponsors of Division One
Naughty, naughty. One of many adverts from the days when smoking was good for you!
When standard black leathers would no longer do for Dave Jessup!
… or Michael Lee
Shane Hearty - for all your speedway gear
Of course, we still see Alan Bellham’s advertisements today - but the girl on the bike has gone
MAXIMUM - for all your racing needs!
For John Davis it has to be SPORTAC - on and off the track
Do you have an advert from the speedway press that you remember especially well?
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