Week Ending December 27

AUSTRALIAN SPEEDWAY found itself in a very depressing state - and not just because of the thumping its national team had received at the hands of England. According to the Speedway Star’s leading article, ‘’Since dear old Roarin’ John Hoskins first set the show on the road back in 1923 among the weathered bungalows and shacks of Maitland, New South Wales, Aussie speedway has never managed to get off the ground as a nationwide enterprise because, as a nation, it’s too wide!’

The problem was the impossibility of establishing league racing over the vast distances involved in such a vast and thinly-populated country. That left only individual meetings which, according to the Australian promoters, were only viable if put on as part of a mixed programme including sidecar and motor car racing.

THE YEAR ENDED on a sad not at Coventry where novice rider Tony O’Donnell, injured during a practice at Brandon Stadium on December 6, had died in hospital. Tony, who was 28, had been in a coma since the accident and did not regain consciousness. During a practice ride, he had clipped the rear wheel of another rider and was thrown into the safety fence. He left a wife and five children.

WESLAKE had gained its first American distributor in the form of businessman Jim Oakes. From his base at the Savoy Hotel, Mr Oakes told Speedway Star that he intended to have about 80 Weslake engines available for American riders and eventually aimed to manufacture the unit himself in the United States. He added, ‘I couldn’t have wished for a better trip. I’ve signed a deal to be the sole Weslake distributor in America and also agreed to have Mike Bast, who I already sponsor, on a Weslake next season. I’m convinced that by the middle of next year, all American top-liners will be winning races on a British bike.’

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: World Long Track Champion Egon Müller

BACK: (Left to right) Keith Evans (Scunthorpe), Tony Featherstone (Bradford) and Pete Reading (Teesside)

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