Week Ending July 12

AT KING’S LYNN, OLE OLSEN relieved Phil Crump of the Speedway Star Golden Helmet and took the Saddlebow Road track record into the bargain. Olsen took the first heat in a record time of 66.4 seconds but there was a controversial, first-bend incident in the second race. The two riders clashed and Olsen, who was left trailing, retired after one lap. He took the third heat in 66.2 seconds, breaking the track record again but Crump had to use Garry Middleton’s bike after his own machine developed magneto problems. Afterwards, the Dane said he thought it would have been better to stop heat two after the incident and re-run it.

IN A NEW NATIONAL LEAGUE fixture at Peterborough, Crewe team boss Dave Parry refused to allow his riders to race after the home side tried to use the rider-replacement rule for the missing Russell Osborne. He claimed the rule could not be applied since Osborne’s absence was unexplained. Further, he said, Petrborough couldn’t even prove that they had signed their number three rider. The referee telephoned the Control Board and was told Osborne could ride. When Crewe walked out, they were immediately hit with an SCB fine.

IN A FIXTURE LIST that makes today’s look drab in comparison, the usual league meetings are supplemented by such treats as an inter-league 4-team tournament at Workington and the Bordernapolis at Berwick, while Crayford staged the Kentish Times trophy, England were playing Sweden in a series of test matches, Reading fans watched a World team Cup qualifying round and Scotland fought Australasia in an international match.  

ERIC LINDEN, in his regular column, argued that the ‘horses for courses’ policy in NNL international fixtures should be abandoned, as should the inclusion of home riders to boost attendances. The England team should always be made up of the best riders, he argued, citing the statistic that in the recent series against Australasia, the NNL’s top riders made only 15 out of the 36 selections.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Reading’s World Champion Anders Michanek

BACK: A smiling Phil Crump of Newport

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