Week Ending August 2

Sheffield team manager Terry Thornhill made a vigorous protest after Anders Michanek failed to turn up at Owlerton for the England v Sweden international, the first event in the Daily Mirror Inter-Nations Tournament. Thornhill demanded that Michanek be banned from appearances in all British open meetings for the rest of the season, after learning that the Swede had actually arrived back in Britain on the day of the match. Swedish team manager Charles Ringblom supported the Sheffield protest and said that a copy would be forwarded to the Swedish authorities.

Hull boss Ian Thomas admitted that he signed up his Newcastle star Joe Owen to his British League outfit at Hull to avoid the National League rider being poached by other tracks. Owen was immediately loaned back to the Diamonds but the hope was that he would move up to a full-time place with the Vikings in 1976. Said Thomas, ‘Quite frankly, I was afraid of poaching.’ Of a move to Hull, Owen himself admitted, ‘I don’t particularly want to … it’s not my favourite track but the next season is a long way off yet.’

A powerful England team consisting of Terry Betts, John Louis, Peter Collins, Martin Ashby, Malcolm Simmons, Ray Wilson and Dave Jessup, won all their matches to take first place in an international tournament raced over six meetings at Sheffield, Exeter, Leicester, Hackney, Hull and Poole. Second came Australia, Sweden was third and a Rest of the World team came last, losing all their matches. To give an idea of the strength of the teams, the losing RoW side included such class racers as Ivan Mauger, Ed Stangeland, Scott Autrey, Dag Lovaas, Reidar Eide and Gary Peterson.  

Ole Olsen collected a handsome trophy, a gold medal and a cheque for £500 in the Daily Mirror Open Championship at Plough Lane. The dashing Dane scorched through the programme, clocking up a 15-point maximum in front of a Wimbledon crowd of 10,000. Thrilling racing had the local fans on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. The runner-up, dropping his only point to Olsen, was Peter Collins, while Dave Jessup took third place.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Halifax’s Henny Kroeze leaves the gate

BACK: Alan Sage of Crayford Kestrels

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