BRADFORD PROMOTER Alan Knapkin announced his resignation and was set to hand in his promoter’s licence to the BSPA. His decision left co-promoter Jim Streets as Bradford’s sole boss. Former rider Knapkin blamed lack of time as the reason for his decision. He told Speedway Star, ‘I need more time to concentrate on my Manchester motorcycle business. Speedway promoting has been very time-consuming and, as a result, my business was becoming neglected. I have been very busy recently at my shop.’
NATIONAL LEAGUE promoters accepted an application from Midland businessman John Adams and former rider and team manager Dave Parry to run speedway at Crewe’s Earle Street in 1975. They also heard applications from Mildenhall, who hoped to take over Barrow’s licence and from Jimmy Bond and John Bailey who wanted to keep alive the future of speedway at Long Eaton.
PHIL HERNE, the much sought-after Australian youngster sent a telegram to Ipswich promoter John Berry to say that he would not ride for the Witches under any circumstances but giving no reason for his decision. This had taken Berry by surprise. He said, ‘When I spoke to (Phil) three days ago, he raised no objection to a possible move to Ipswich. Our policy is not to go against the wishes of a rider and so we have washed our hands of the whole affair.’
On the Speedway Star cover this week:
FRONT: Pete Jarman of Oxford Rebels and Charlie Monk of Halifax Dukes