Week Ending September 6

ENGLAND completed a magnificent 5-0 whitewash of Sweden on the Scandinavians’ home tracks. The scores were 53-55 in Kumla, 51-57 at Eskilstuna, 44-64 at Stockholm, 40-68 at Vetlanda and 50-58 in the final Test at Mariestad. The Swedes, of course, had been without injured Anders Michanek for the entire series but this was balanced because England were missing British Champion John Louis and regular international captain Ray Wilson for the tour. Even Dave Jessup only joined the side in time for the third match. Manager Len Silver commented, ‘I have never been prouder of being English.’ He described the success as a ‘tremendous team effort.’

THIS issue included a preview of the World Final to be held at Wembley on September 6. Various columnists offered their forecasts of the outcome. The following is a selection of the things they said:


DANNY CARTER predicted a win for John Louis if a maximum proved necessary on the night. If it could be won with fewer than 15 points, he favoured Peter Collins. ANGUS KIX tipped Ivan Mauger to do it again. His feeling was that Mauger was more determined to win this year than he had ever been before.

BARRY BRIGGS didn’t give a prediction but penned a short review of the 16 riders. Of  Ole Olsen, he said, ‘Ole is trying to pick and choose the meetings in which he wants to do well. It’s a dangerous game … he’s not the all-conquering Ole of a few years ago.’

DAVE LANNING, the ITV commentator, urged readers to watch the Final on World of Sport the following Saturday at 3.10 and, without predicting a winner, offered his forecast that the winner would come from Ivan Mauger, Ole Olsen or John Louis.

ERIC LINDEN was one of the few people who got it exactly right, predicting an Ole Olsen victory, writing, ‘I believe Olsen can reverse the (European Final) result and make it a share-out of titles, with Denmark’s pride taking the world crown and leaving Ivan with the European.’

PHILIP RISING warned readers to watch out for Phil Crump. The success of the Australian’s four-valve machine, he claimed, had blinded people to the rider’s own talent. ‘Phil will be a danger to every rider at Wembley. If he and the bike click, Australia could find themselves with a World Champion.’


On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT:  World Final hopefuls Ray Wilson, Malcolm Simmons, John Louis and Peter Collins

BACK:  Three more major contenders: Ivan Mauger, Anders Michanek and Ole Olsen

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