I                                           Last Updated JANUARY 2019

Speedway in the Lesotho capital of Maseru in 1975
   The attached press report and photos have recently come to light, about the first ever speedway meeting held in Lesotho. It was promoted by 7x SA champ Denis Newton, in conjunction with Holiday Inns. Nothing is known about a possible second meeting, but is considered unlikely to have happened.  CCJ/DA 15.1.2019


"What is Speedway ?    -  
No Brakes,  -  No Fear ! "

" 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.