Edited by John Wick, Speedway World was published from offices in Tottenham Lane, north London, by Fairfax Publications. By the time the 1951 editions, pictured opposite, rolled off their presses, the World, which billed itself as ‘the national speedway newspaper’, had produced well over 300 editions. Regular features included a comprehensive results service from all Divisions, a gossip column, ‘Pit Whispers’, and a regular cartoon, (see below). The back page was given over to action shots from the tracks and pictures of individual riders.
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In the October 17, 1951 edition, the editor published readers’ suggestions for improving the sport. (Yes, even in those days, speedway was agonizing over its future)! One correspondent wrote: ‘Another remedy is for the Speedway Control Board to stipulate a minimum depth of top dressing … then we might get the racing which not only the enthusiasts but the bulk of sportsmen and sportswomen want to see.’