A New Zealander, Johnnie Hoskins, after years of various jobs round the South Sea isles, found himself in Australia promoting motor-cycle racing. In one of the events on a half-mile dirt track a rider broke the rules by putting his left foot down and into the dirt at the corners. His machine “broadsided”, skidding at an angle round the bend, and the surface was sprayed into the air by the back wheel.
Soon, the other competitors were trying the same manoeuvre, and speedway - or dirt track as it was called then - was born.
That was about 26 years ago…
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