Week Ending May 24

Newcastle duo Tom Owen and Brian Havelock won the first National League Best pairs Championship at Belle Vue. They beat Ellesmere Port’s John Jackson and Colin Goad in a thrilling final. There was controversy, however, when it was first thought that Crayford’s pairing would contest the final against Ellesmere Port but Newcastle sneaked in because Havelock was the heat winner of the second semi-final. (Crayford had won Group B with 14 points while the Geordies had come top of Group D with 13 points.

Ivan Mauger and Barry Briggs, World Champions who often battled each other on the track, found themselves on opposing TV channels, too. The BBC had signed up Mauger to their commentary team for their coverage of Wimbledon’s Embassy Internationale as they tried to make inroads into ITV’s monopoly of speedway coverage. Briggs appeared regularly alongside ITV’s Dave Lanning.

The European News Desk provided a review of the speedway scene in the Soviet Union. League racing was divided into three divisions: the Premier League, Division 1 and Division 2. Teams in the top flight were Bashkirija from Ufa; Neva, Leningrad; Sibir, Novosibirsk; Turbina, Balakovo; Vostok, Vladivostok; and Zhiguli, Togliati. The national individual championship was won by Vladimir Gordeev (25 points) from his brother Valery who was two points adrift.  

The line-up for the 1975 Internationale was advertised and, as usual, boasted a top-class field. Ivan Mauger, Ole Olsen, Scott Autrey, Peter Collins, John Louis, Soren Sjosten, Terry Betts, Phil Crump and Martin Ashby were just some of the big names booked for the prestige competition. All the home cheers, however would be for the Plough Lane favourite Tommy Jansson.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Stoke’s Steve Bastable and Alan Molyneux

BACK: Bernie Persson of Cradley United

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