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The Speedway Researcher magazine which can be viewed on the Speedway Researcher web site was set up by Graham Fraser and Jim Henry to promote research into the history of Speedway and Dirt Track Racing. It was intended to help those with an interest in any aspect of the sport and its history to make others aware of what their interests and to encourage others who had similar interests to work together. It provided a vehicle whereby researchers could advise others of what they were doing and make others aware of what they were looking for.


The magazine published articles on a wide range of topics related to speedway and dirt track racing.


The web site came along a good while after the magazine, the idea of the late Ron McNeil who gave us the idea of using this medium to provide a platform for sharing information about speedway meetings held in the UK from 1928 to date. At first the site was funded by income generated by the magazine but since the magazine closed down the funds have become nearly exhausted and it is now largely privately funded. The costs are dictated by the amount space taken to host the information and are currently not unreasonable. The next step up, is, however, a significant leap.  


Taking this into account the space available has to be prioritised. The first priority is to ensure the base source of information, meeting details, are fully provided for.


For the foregoing reasons we are going to decline to carry any additional items which are compilations of information drawn from our meeting details.  However, in a bid to facilitate networking we intend to continue for the time-being the Collectors Corner and add a “who is doing what” section which would provide details of topics which have / are being researched and by whom to facilitate the original intent of the Speedway Researcher i.e. networking.

September 5

Just like the myth that is ‘first out of the gate always wins’, so the theory that the Speedway Researcher only looks at the distant past is dismissed this week. There is a new file for Eastbourne 2021 from Mark Aspinell and this is tinged with sadness as the Eagles were forced to close due to financial issues this year. Let’s sincerely hope that this famous old venue, dating back to 1929, is back with us very soon.


New Files

2021 - Eastbourne


Updates

1928 - Belle Vue, Wolverhampton, Season Results

1929 - Lea Bridge, Manchester White City, Northampton Stadium, Pontypridd, Portsmouth, Rotherham, Stamford Bridge, Tredegar, Season Results

1930 - Harringay, Lea Bridge, Leicester, Nottingham, Season Results

1931 - Belle Vue

1932 - Leeds, Norwich

1936 - Leicester Super

1937 - Leicester

1940 - Belle Vue

1945 - Glasgow

1960 - Bradford

1969 - Long Eaton, Season Results

1970 - Long Eaton

1972 - Ellesmere Port

1984 - Long Eaton

September 18


We have a couple of new files today with Mark Aspinell submitting Long Eaton 1982 and Rye House 2008. There are some decent updates from pre and post war eras as ever.


The growth of heat details for many tracks before is thanks to a number of folks who send us details to fill the gaps. For this update we would like to say a special thanks to George Carswell who has helped with a wealth of information for our pre-war files especially from 1934 onwards to 1938. His contribution to our 1939 files is imminent. George has also been working with Mark Aspinell on filling the massive gap we had in our Southampton records. George’s efforts are especially worth our thanks as he is based in Canada which is somewhat distant from most of us here in the UK. We are not sure how many of you have noticed another massive contribution from George, assisted by Bob Ozanne. Tucked away in our Belle Vue records we have the fruits of George and Bob’s work which provides details of pioneer day activity in South America which feature many UK based riders. This often involved obtaining original newspaper sources and having it translated into English.

Thanks a million George for your unstinting contribution, which sometimes unsung, it is, nevertheless, very much appreciated.


New Files


1982 - Long Eaton

2008 - Rye House


Updates

1928 - Belle Vue, Leicester, Manchester White City, Season Results, Fixture List

1929 - Lea Bridge, Leicester Super, Season Results

1930 - Manchester White City, Pontypridd, Season Results

1931 - Belle Vue South

1932 - Crystal Palace

1933 - Crystal Palace, Nottingham

1934 - New Cross, Walthamstow

1936 - Crystal Palace

1937 - Crystal Palace

1938 - Crystal Palace

1939 - Crystal Palace

1940 - Belle Vue

1949 - Southampton

1950 - Walthamstow

1953 - Rye House

1989 - Rye House

October 1


I’m getting to the end of the 1931 season file so this should be available in the next couple of weeks or so. As I was working on it yesterday I did a quick calculation and found that there were over 4300 meetings between 1928 and the end of 1931 and, thanks to the fantastic community of researchers we have, over 98% of those meetings have full or partial results. It is a great achievement on the part of everyone who contributes and Jim, Keith and I would like to pass on our thanks again to all who make this possible.

Thanks this week to Mark Aspinell for his latest 2021 addition, Stuart Staite-Aris for his Coventry updates and to Ian Claxton for his excellent information for Luton


New Files

2021 - Plymouth


Updates

1928 - Season Results

1931 - Belle Vue (S), Southampton

1932 - Belle Vue, High Beech, Wimbledon

1933 - Belle Vue

1934 - Belle Vue, Walthamstow

1935 - Luton

1938 - Belle Vue

1940 - Belle Vue

1941 - Belle Vue

1942 - Belle Vue

1950 - Southampton

1951 - Dublin (Shelbourne Park), Southampton, Walthamstow

1954 - Southampton

1961 - Belle Vue, Coventry

1962 - Coventry

1963 - Coventry

1964 - Coventry

1965 - Coventry

1975 - Rye House


October 16


Four new 2021 files from Mark Aspinell and a few updates, mainly from 1939 to update the site with today. Thanks to George Carswell for the 1939 information.


New Files

2021 - Birmingham, Kent, King’s Lynn, Sheffield


Updates

1929 - Belle Vue, Season Results

1932 - Belle Vue, Rochester

1936 - Wimbledon

1938 - Harringay

1939 - Belle Vue II, Bristol, Hackney, Newcastle, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke, Wembley, West Ham

1948 - Fleetwood

1949 - Glasgow, Southampton


Please be aware that Jim’s new book, about Motherwell Speedway is now available, a link to which can be found here.