I am a former British League II rider (probably equivalent to today’s National League), having ridden for Oxford and Coventry in the mid 80′s, a relative late starter to speedway but did enjoy some success and regularly featured as the number 8 for the Oxford senior team at a time when it included riders such as Hans Nielsen, the late great Simon Wigg, Marvyn Cox, Andy Grahame and other greats, all of which were on hand to provide much needed help and advise.
In 2010 I developed my mid life crisis and had a year of amateur racing with the Southern Track Riders Club and Dragons Club and managed to win most of the events I entered which rekindled my enthusiasm.
Happy to pass on advise and encouragement and I enjoy seeing riders progress, what ever level and ambitions they may have, speedway is there to be enjoyed as well as the cut and thrust of racing action.
I’ve been racing for 35 years, I started in ’81 at Belle Vue and signed for Stoke 82, racing through 83 but broke my femur in the British Junior Championships so missed most of 84.
After a few teams, I signed for Ellesmere Port and won a league championship 85. I rode for Newcastle 86/7 then Long Eaton 88 to 92 .
Then I stayed away from tracks but still rode on grass and the beach, I’ve been an amateur since 2008 and have won the British Veteran Championship 5 years on the trot.. With more to come hopefully!
I first got involved with speedway in 1976 after watching from 1970. I had 2 half rides at Weymouth before joining the junior team at the age of 16. I then went to Peterborough for a year before going on to Oxford all at junior level ….. Finished riding in 1980 after serval injures and became a mechanic for riders like Mark Carlson, Troy Butler & Rene Madsen to name a few.
Came to Scunthorpe a few months ago as my son wanted a go at speedway and wanted a hand. Met up with Andy who I had met at Oxford while working for Rene after many years.
I enjoyed the day so much I have been to every day since and I love helping others out and still get a buzz from the odd skid lol
I have followed speedway for many years and I first caught the bug at Belle Vue. Since then I have supported many teams, depending where I was living at the time. At the present time I regularly follow Buxton, Scunthorpe and Sheffield.
I first met Andy Meredith when I was “having a go” at speedway myself at the Scunthorpe training track. I found him to be an excellent teacher. He gave me very clear instructions which I found easy to understand and follow whilst panicking on my first couple of rides! Under his tuition my confidence grew until I could actually do a slide! That made me very proud!
When Andy started the Andy Meredith Speedway Academy I was very pleased to be able to support him. My main role seems to be the “Tea Lady” but in addition to this I sign on the riders at the beginning of the sessions, do some of the admin and I am quite often the photographer on the day. Jack of all Trades really!
19 February. Good day practicing today at the Andrew Meredith training session today, kean is looking more n more like his old self with each outing!
19 February. Today was awesome, first time at scunny, was really good, big thanks to Andy for making it possible!:) — with Andrew Meredith.
19 February. great day at Scunthorpe today Andy many thanks for all your help..roll on next one.