IN the days before prohibition, when spectators were free to take their own photographs and movie films at speedway meetings without the stadium police feeling their collars, when there were no ‘official track photographers’ churning out identical-
The originator of such priceless memories was Wally Loak, lifelong speedway supporter and benefactor of the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund.
Wally Loak, the man who originated the recorded speedway commentary, describes both legs of the Cup Final between Coventry and West Ham
For our first foray into the world of the cassette tape match commentary, we turn to the 1967 British League Knockout Cup Final, played out between Coventry and West Ham.
In those days, it really was a knockout cup. Not only who you played but whether you played them at home or away was down to the luck of the draw. This meant that less-
In this case, Coventry took their home leg first, beating the Hammers 57-
We have only included the Brandon leg because the quality of the Custom House recording is too variable.
Click the link below to listen to Wally Loak’s original recording and imagine yourself sitting amongst the Coventry crowd on a September evening in 1967.
You don’t remember the year? A Ford Cortina cost £749, a gallon of petrol was 5/6 (27p), Israel fought the Six Day War, Pirate radio stations were made illegal, mini skirts were all the rage, the Beatles reigned supreme, the breathalyser was introduced and Francis Chichester sailed around the world single-