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IN 1929, the Motor Cycle magazine ran a column titled Cinder Siftings - a roundup of the week’s speedway news and gossip. It was the ‘Dave Lanning’s Diary’ of its day.

We have chosen a week from the early part of the season in which the columnist, who uses the curious pen name ‘Talmage’, has been to visit Birmingham’s two tracks at Hall Green and Perry Barr. He also describes visits to West Ham and Crystal Palace as well as giving the national fixtures for the week.

The Hall Green meeting had one unusual significance: it was the first time in his life that Vic Huxley had ever seen snow!

SAMPLING NEW THRILLS on the ‘flying machine’ at Crystal Palace. The five riders, though out of their element, are apparently enjoying themselves.

JOE FRANCIS (leading) gives Buster Frogley a run for his money on the Palace track - a vivid impression of the artistry of dirt-track riding.

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