The weekly magazine SPEEDWAY ECHO began life in 1949 as a monthly, published from the same Mersey House, Fleet Street address as the Speedway Gazette. It was edited by Eric Linden who, in later decades would be a regular columnist with Speedway Star. The Echo ran to 16 quarto-sized pages and boasted ‘duotone colour’ on its front cover. During the close season, it featured track reviews of the kind now seen in the Star. Its pages were packed with photographs, articles and editorial, making it a generous read for its sixpenny cover price. Vitally, it also offered a fiction serial. Theses stories were woven around real people and characters in the world of speedway, even if the events they described were made up. In the editions pictured opposite, stories included an episode of Riders Can’t Keep Secrets by Alan Bell and Near Escape From Death, a chapter from Frank Varey’s Red Devil.

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