Week Ending April 12

Peter Collins beat Phil Crump by two races to one in the Belle Vue leg of the Speedway Star Golden helmet match race challenge. Crump, the holder, had already won the Newport leg 2-0 in very convincing style. The decider was to be staged at Blackbird Road, Leicester on April 15. The gating power of Crump’s four-valve engine was obvious to everyone but Collins’ intimate knowledge of the Hyde Road track was to prove the decisive factor.


There was anger up at King’s Lynn after the Stars were refused permission to sign Australian international Garry Middleton. Middleton had flown into Britain the previous week and put his name to a contract with the Saddlebow Road management but the BSPA stepped in to block the deal, saying that Middleton had been allocated to Wolverhampton by Rider Control. Boss Martin Rogers said Lynn had been given permission to sign a replacement for Tommy Johansson, provided the rider they chose was not on the agreed lists.

Veteran Neil Street was the subject of the Dave Stevens Dialogue. At 44, Street was the oldest competitor in the British League and, although he recognized speedway as a young man’s sport, he reportedly declared, ‘But in this business, riders are as young as they feel.’ The Aussie with the Devon-born wife and the West Country brogue had first come to England in 1952 when he had linked up with Exeter.

American racer Steve Bast was reported in Dave Lanning’s Diary as having an unusual hobby: he collected matchboxes. The reigning U.S. Champion was one of the world’s most avid collectors and was anxious to extend his stock by adding some of the rarer British examples. Fans were urged to take any they might have to Steve’s appearances at Exeter, Newport, Poole or Wimbledon.


On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Reading’s Swedish ace Anders Michanek

BACK: Bradford Barons’ Colin Meredith

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