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.Last Updated AUGUST 2018                 

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



NEW ITEMS IN 2018

Dunswart Devils, c.1979/1980.

    The above photo is of the Dunswart Devils team, circa 1979/1980,
Two teams emerged around this time, – Tarlton Tomahawks and Dunswart Devils – , representing the two existing Transvaal tracks. They were formed to provide team racing for the public to supplement the repetition of individual meetings, but seems to have been only moderately successful as the fans tired of matches between the same two teams. The photograph was taken, we suspect, at Tarlton, it being a large 400m-plus track.
    When racing began to tail off at Tarlton, and Pretoria opened, these derby matches were replaced by Pretoria v Dunswart matches. Pretoria adopted their old nickname, the Eagles whilst Dunswart dropped the Devils moniker and became the Dunswart Stars!

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1996 South African Speedway League.
    This T-shirt, (right), clearly identifies the composition, - teams and riders - , of a 4TT league set up in 1996, which seems to have been the forerunner of the similarly- structured 'National Speedway Association League' operating between 1997 and '99, ( see articleSpeedway League Racing in South Africa, Pt. 2: 1977 – 2003”, on the Speedway History page.)
It details the 4 teams as:
- Red Eagles (of Ndube, - Dundee Dirt Oval, Natal),
- LK Tuning (Brakpan, Gauteng),
- Nelspruit Aces
(Mpumalanga),
- HBC (Hisbay Co, Klerksdorp, North-West.)
   As in the NSAL of the subsequent years, the 4-man teams were made up of local and visiting riders, and in '96 comprised 2 South African and 2 European visitors in each side: -

- Red Eagles: Bevan Compton, Franz Leitner(AS), Tomas Stadler(AS), Deon Swart,
Jnr: Clint Slowgrove.
- LK Tuning: Karl Lechky, Gabor Roth (HG), Laslo Bodi (HG), Warren Meier,
Jnr: Anton Plancko.
- Nelspruit Aces: Deon Prinsloo, Tomasz Fajfer (PL), Gienek Tudziez (PL), Darrly Baldwin,
Jnr: Alfred Slowgrove.
- Hisbay Co: Grant Baynes, Sebastian Ulamek (PL), Rafal Osumek (PL), Andrew Szilagyi,
Jnr: Ashton van Niekerk.

        No results of matches or of final league positions are known:
        any information would be appreciated, (via Website Admin on Contacts page.)

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Daggafontein, Springs 1975
          
Wayne Coughlan leads Vic  Pretorius at Daggafontein in 1975.

   
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 1992 Tour of Hungary
  The 2 picture below are from the 3rd Test between Hungary and South Africa at
Nyiregyhaza.
1) Team line-up, Standing L to R:
Ian Richter; Jerry Martin; Eric Allen; Noddy Naude; Karl Lechky; Grant Foley; Ivan van Niekerk,
Kneeling L to R: Richard Duke; Warren Meier (with flag); Des Jones.
2). SA pits at the same 3rd Test.,Grant Foley in the pink shorts.
   Results of the 3 matches, at Miskolc, Debrecen and
Nyiregyhaza, can be found on the Test Matches p2 webpage, 
  

  


1975  - World Champions Troupe tour of Southern Africa.
    A 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); 1957, '58, '64, '66;    1968, '69, '70, '72, '77, '78;.     1971, '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. 

www.Speedway-SA.com
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