Describing itself as ‘a new magazine with a difference’, the monthly SPEEDWAY ILLUSTRATED, first published in April 1962, declared its aim was ‘to show you your favourite riders in pictorial form.’ Match reports would not feature but the scores and scorers of the previous month’s fixtures in the Provincial League would be featured. Published from Commerce House in London’s Manor Park, under its editor Dave Stevens, the magazine’s first edition ran to 32 glossy pages in a small booket format. It included an article about the formation of the Provincial League, features on Eastbourne and Harringay, notes from all the tracks and many photos and items of news about individual riders. One memorable photo shows Len Silver, in his ‘Banjo Kid’ days, playing an electric guitar and accompanying Howdy Byford in an interval song at Exeter.
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