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.Last Updated JUNE 2018 

NEW ADDITION -  Jan. 2018                 
Rhodesia, - Northern, Southern and UDI

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.NEW ITEMS IN 2018

1975  - World Champions Troupe tour of Southern Africa.
    An Briggs & Mauger-led troupe of past, present and future World speedway champions toured South Africa and Rhodesia in November 1975. Meetings were staged at Jo'burg (Nov.7th & 28th), Durban (8th & 29th) Cape Town (21st), Salisbury (14th), and Bulawayo (15th.)



                      

                    
  



       Egon Muller GY, John Louis GB,   Barry Briggs NZ, Ivan Mauger NZ,    Ole Olsen DK,  Scott Autrey US.
Wld Champ:1983(+LgTk:'74,'75,'78)  3rd 1985 (GB '75)  '57, '58, '64, '66         '68, '69, '70, '72, '77, '79.        '71, '75, '78            3rd 1978.

      Wembley, 28.10.1977                                                               Rainbow, c.1977
   L > R; Arthur Bruins, Boet Strydom, Graham Long                                Graham Long & James Bruins



Wembley press promotions, 1972 and '77:
    
      Champion Spark Plug's Golden Helmet, 1972;             Wembley Golden Helmet, 1977. (Winner, James Bruins)
                  ( Winner Rick Woods, USA )                                    Speedway, Motocross, Flat Track.  Admission R1.50

 
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The legendary Buddy Fuller gives Denzil Kent some advise, at Kings Park, Durban, c. 1983


Flash-back to early '70 in Rhodesia: Scramblers try speedway

Lft: Iain Harper, the Matabeleland Motor Cycle Club Scrambles Champion of 1967 also drove Formula 2 Stock Cars at Bulawayo in 1972 and 1973. Alan Harris (ex-Bulawayo Warrior) was his brother-in-law.
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Vic Rich rode speedway in the 1975 Rhodesian season

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Sidecar speedway action from Dunswart, 1968-'72 (#1-3, plus #4 at Wembley)

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                  Collages of S.African dirt track speedway riders and league teams
                         can be seen full screen size on the following Gallery pages :
                  -  present decade, Gall.p1;        -  1970-'00s, Gall.p3;     -  post-war,1946-'60, Gall.p4;    
                  -  sidecars, 21st century, Gall.p2. (scroll down.)  - League teams,
Gall.p4. (scroll down to indiv'l photos.)
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    Walkerville 25.3.2018 -  Neil Pettit in exciting leg-trail style during the recent March meeting.

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   Byron Bekker leads Rebels team-mate Mac Magill  . . @ Walkerville, Aug. 26th 2017.


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"What is Speedway ?    -  
No Brakes,  -  No Fear ! "
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" No Brakes,  -  No Fear ! "
      Never been to Speedway? Don’t worry, it’s simple to follow. Four riders keep turning left over four laps on a quarter mile oval track and each race is over in just over a minute. Easy….but not for the riders. Riders make a clutch start. Apart from emergency situations, the riders slow to a stop by easing off the throttle as the high gearing means engine breaking is rapidly effective. If a rider needs to stop in an emergency he will pull a cut-out cord, which is attached to his wrist, to kill the engine. They race with no brakes. It’s hectic, dangerous and exciting.      The Bikes: Speedway bikes have no brakes and are powered by a 500cc engine, single-geared machines manufactured by either JRM, (Jawa,) of the Czech Republic or GM of Italy.
     The Engines: Engines are single cylinder, fixed gear power units, fitted into the chassis of the bike frame horizontally and fueled by methanol. The engine makes up the major weight of the bike as there are few other parts to the machine. They are not allowed to weigh less than 77 kilograms.
    Speedway strongholds are in Europe, primarily
Poland, UK, Sweden and Denmark. Each run a number of leagues and have regular team racing fixtures throughout their traditional speedway season that runs from March to October.  (In Germany 1000m 'Long Track' races predominate.) As well as the above-mentioned European countries, speedway on a smaller scale also operates in Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Slovenia and the USA.