Week Ending March 1

CANTERBURY SPPEEDWAY’s future was balanced on a knife edge this week as the promotion awaited a meeting of the full Town Council at which the planning committee’s recommendation that racing at Kingsmead should cease immediately would be discussed. Crusaders’ boss Johnnie Hoskins had long recognized the problem of noise and had already track-tested several silencers and offered to erect a sound barrier. He told Speedway Star, ‘The council had already extended my planning permission. The present ruling has been made on a re-application at the request of one member of the council. We’re fighting not only for the Crsaders’ future but speedway’s. It’s all wrong that the present Act of Parliament enables one person to lodge a protest which is capable of closing down a track.’

BRITISH CHAMPION Eric Boocock shocked the speedway world by announcing his immediate retirement from the sport. He had already surprised fans by putting in a winter transfer request to leave Halifax but, soon after being allocated to Oxford, the Yorkshireman declared that he had ‘finished with racing’. He added, ‘I am 30 next birthday and have no trade outside speedway. The time is right for a break from the sport and I intend setting up a motorcycle business.’

A ROW between Peterborough and Boston was not a new phenomenon but when the two teams were drawn against each other in the National League Cup, a bust-up was inevitable. Boston boss Cyril Crane put forward a plan to replace the early season challenge matches between the two sides with the Cup fixtures but Panthers’ promoter Danny Dunton said, ‘no’, pointing out that his riders would lack match practice so soon after the start of the season. When the matter was put to a general vote, the decision went against Peterborough, whereupon Dunton immediately withdrew practice facilities at Boston and King’s Lynn for all Peterborough contracted riders. The forthcoming Cup clash promised to have even more needle than usual.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: British Lions captain Nigel Boocock

BACK: Alan Emerson of Teesside Tigers

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