Home Machines Rider's Profiles Tracks Artefacts WSRA Museum Books Links & Much More


Click to see what's new  Contact the Webmaster

CAN YOU HELP PLEASE

INFORMATION Re: Danny Finn

18th February 2018
Amy Winship writes:

My grandfather William Barber (Bill) just died on Monday and we were googling around to see if we could find him and any information about his speedway and grasstrack career. Your website was the only hit we got, he is listed under his racing name Danny Finn and there is an entry about the Finn Jap GT motorcycles he used to build. The last one of which, on which he placed second in his final race at the age of 80, is still in the garage behind his house.

I wondered if it was possible you had any more information about him and his career, and if we were able to find more information about his career it might be of interest to your museum?

Many thanks, Amy

E-mail Amy-Winship@live.co.uk


INFORMATION Re: Ronald (Ronny) Crozier Hilary

17th February 2018

From Andrew Smith

I'm looking to understand more about my grandfather, who is alleged to have riden speedway for Wembley Lions in the pre-war years.

We believe he was at the opening of the Wembley (Empire) pool next to the stadium in 1934, (and apparently was thrown into the water when it opened), so some time around that era.

We knew him as Ronald (Ronny) Crozier Hillary, who hailed from the north east of England, in County Durham.

Any help in proving or disproving where and when he rode, would be most helpful.

Thanks, Andrew Smith.

Mail: smithyandy1968@gmail.com?

John Hyam writes:

I understand from Andrew Smith who was inquiring about this possible 1930s rider at Wembley that there is a possibility he may also have had links to Belle Vue in this period.


INFORMATION RE Eddie Glennon

15th February 2018
From Elaine Melville nee Glennon

Hi I have just come across your website whilst searching for information on my dad Eddie Glennon.

It will be the 50th anniversary of my dads death in July and I would love to hear from anyone who knew him.  I did do some research a few years ago and was lucky enough to receive a fabulous photo and letter from Ivan Mauger which holds pride of place in my house, along with other letters from Bill Bridget and some fans who remembered my dad.  I know live in Sydney with my family and they love hearing stories.  I would love to see if I could get hold of a programme for the England v Russia meet for the night he was killed on the way home.  Thanks Elaine

elainethesheila@hotmail.co.uk

Please use the button below if you have a question or can offer information for the website.

Return to Welcome Page

I am delighted to see this section on the new style website.

It would be excellent if visitors to this website made observations of the various contents that are carried. Or items that are considered worthy of attention.

Even if it's only a general opinion on what the website has to offer - let's exchange viewpoints on the items provided.

An exchange of opinions in regard to the website is most important. But, please, always bear in mind, when debating matters the old adage is “Criticise the Post and NOT THE POSTER!

JOHN HYAM WRITES:

On Sunday, February 18, 2018, two events will be held to mark the birth in Britain of speedway racing aka dirt track racing. They take place at Paradise Park, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and the Rayleigh Museum, High Street, Rayleigh. But it will be strangely silent at the actual location of that first British meeting - at High Beech, in Epping Forest. That meeting attracted a reputed 30,000 attendance. And, as can be seen spectators were allowed to use the centre green as well as stand on the outside of the track to watch the racing. For all that, it was the accepted start of speedway in Britain. The photo shows T Philpps (32) and G Fletcher (28) in action on their modified road bikes. And so speedway was born in Britain. It is anticipated that the events at Paradise Park and Rayleigh will attract good attendances - and deservedly so. But I wonder will there be any supporters going instead to High Beech to pay their lone tribute to the birth of British speedway racing?

NEWS

John Hyam

28th November 2017

SPEEDWAY RIDING JOCKEYS

I am interested in researching speedway riders who may at one time have been racehorse jockeys. I think the legendary pioneer American star Lloyd 'Sprouts’ Elder may have been before he became too tall! In years from 1946 a couple of names I have are Ralph Horne (Belle Vue, Sheffield and Coventry and the New Zealander Bill Andrew.

Please reply to John Hyam by email
backstraight@gmail.com


16th December 2017

INFORMATION RE RALPH HORNE

I am looking for information on former jockey Ralph Horne who switched to speedway between 1945 and 1953.

All I now is that in this period he was linked to Belle Vue, Coventry, Sheffield, Belfast and Wigan.

What I would like is some background to his speedway career please.

Please reply to John Hyam by email
backstraight@gmail.com