Week Ending March 29

Ole Olsen is told by Rider Control that he must stay at Wolverhampton following an appeal by the management at Monmore Green. Dag Lovaas and Hasse Holmqvist are sent to Oxford. In his own column, Ivan Mauger reported that Olsen was far from happy with the decision, having just sorted out his future with the Rebels.


Eric Linden, on his regular page, produced a guide to the top countries in speedway outside Britain. He suggested the simplest way was to see how many riders each had competing in the World Championship. His analysis revealed Russia and Poland joint top with 14 each, followed by Czechoslovakia with 11, West Germany on 10, Austria with 8, Hungary 7, Yugoslavia 5, Holland 4, Italy 2 and Bulgaria coming joint ninth with two apiece. Of course, this did not include the Scandinavian countries.

George Major, the Birmingham captain, was kitted out with a harness when ATV cameras turned up at Perry Bar to record some footage for their local Midlands Today programme. The purpose was to attach a portable television camera to the Brummies’ heat-leader and follow the action first-hand. No miniature helmet cams in those days! ATV’s head of sport at the time was Gary Newbon, who also made regular apppearances on Saturday afternoon’s World of Sport programme.


John Davis is featured in a rare picture showing the Oxford star in the days before his trademark blond hair. Davis was another victim of the indecision at Rider Control, having agreed to stay at Oxford for one more season, he suddenly found himself on the way to Reading. But it was for his days at the Berkshire outfit that the stylish England international is best remembered.


On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Australian John Boulger

BACK: Sören Sjösten and Ray Wilson

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