INCREASED costs, falling numbers through the turnstiles and abysmal weather raining off fixtures and keeping all but the most die-
It’s amazing how often, in the world of speedway, history repeats itself. The debate over the future of the sport that has been conducted over the past few weeks in the pages of the Speedway Star has been fascinating -
In 1977, the Star began a similar debate over rising costs and falling numbers against a background of economic disarray and cold, wet weather in an investigation led by columnist Dave Stevens entitled Cut the Cost. Unsurprisingly, the magazine was accused by some of encouraging speedway to wash its dirty linen in public. In its July 9 edition, it defended itself in an editorial saying, ‘… because some of the sport’s problems are now being openly discussed with a frankness seldom before experienced in speedway … promoters are already thinking of ways and means (of) improving speedway.’
Speedway Fiction invites you to click the links on this page and read for yourself some of the things that were being said at the time and see if you aren’t struck by the uncanny familiarity of it all. The same things were being said -
What were the costs in 1977?
How do they compare with the prices paid today?
* All cost conversions in these articles, from 1977 prices to those of 2013, were supplied by This is MONEY, Financial Website of the Year.
OLE OLSEN v LEN SILVER
Was Eric Boocock right that the
Wally Mawdsley sent a memo to his fellow promoters suggesting this solution …
The Speedway Star received an avalanche of correspondence on the subject of the sport’s woes