Week Ending June 21

Sweden made it a hat-trick of wins in the World Pairs Trophy in Wroclaw, Poland when Anders Michanek and Tommy Jansson clinched the meeting with 24 points. Runners-up were the host nation on 23, followed by Denmark and England on 20 points each. A run-off between John Louis and Ole Olsen clinched third place for the Danes.

Sweden had previously been disappointing on Polish tracks and the stylish pair had to wait until the final heat of the championship to secure their victory. England could rue an engine failure for Peter Collins in heat five when he and Louis were on a 5-1.

After two decades at the top of the sport, Nigel Boocock was awarded a testimonial meeting by Coventry Bees. In a tribute interview on the Dave Stevens page, Boocock said, ‘It’s been wonderful the way everyone at Coventry, from Charles Ochiltree down, has worked on my behalf. I’ve been somewhat overwhelmed, too, by the offers to ride in the meeting.’ Star names lined up included: Ivan Mauger, Barry Briggs, Peter Collins, Bernie Persson, Ray Wilson and Terry Betts.

Now that speedway legend Ove Fundin had retired, he was devoting much of his time to running his own business, operating a fleet of 24 trucks in southern Sweden. Keen to experience driving conditions for himself, he had recently made the long haul through the Middle East as far as Tehran. In the pits at the Inter-Continental Final in Gothenburg, the former World Champion said, ‘It was a long, hot trip - but at least I wasn’t expected to unload my equipment and race, like in the old days!’

In his regular column, another former World Champion, Barry Briggs, bemoaned the problem of the commuting Swedes as Wimbledon, already suffering from injuries to himself, Barry Crowson and Reg Luckhurst, faced the added problem of the overseas commitments of Tommy Jansson. Briggs wrote, ‘I wasn’t against allowing the Swedes back into the British League … but I wanted to see certain restrictions imposed.’ His chief concern was that Jansson ‘…is missing meetings here, sometimes because of second-rate domestic fixtures in Sweden.’

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Hackney idol Barry Thomas

BACK: Mitch Shirra of Coatbridge Tigers

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