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Leicester, Syston - In 1952 a group of local novices formed a club and leased a field and set up a rough track for a training purposes, they called themselves the Leicester Amateur Speedway Club. President of the club Norwich rider Paddy Mills and Wilf Plant helped the attending novices with advice and training. At a later date the members changed their name Novices Speedway Club of Leicester and by the end of 1952 they began to look around for venue where less primitive facilities could be provided and the eventually moved to Long Eaton.

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Leicester, Granby Halls - Harry Bastable and Alan Eagles promoted indoor speedway meeting at this venue in 1972 there were seven held and in 1973 six, the racing surface was concrete.

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Lisburn, Lambeg Stadium, N. Ireland - A trotting track was used for speedway in 1971 for a couple of pirate meeting and although further meetings had been planed they did not go ahead because the spectator numbers at the first two meetings proved disappointing.

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Little Missenden, Limes Farm, Buckinghamshire - The How trio of Eddie, Ernie and Ron acquired an old Rudge in 1949 and ‘modified’ a field into a grass training track on the family farm where they took turns to put the Rudge through its paces - in time Ron How became skilled enough to apply to one of the London tracks for a trial.

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Little Waltham, Montpelier, Essex - Johnny Guilfoyle a former rider at Rayleigh constructed himself a track on a section of his own land situated on the A130 just outside Chelmsford. It had a shale surface and safety fence . A training school was set up at the venue in 1969 and Johnny’s younger brother Laurie show in his work at this school. The track was made available to the Rayleigh team for pre-season in 1970.

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Liverpool, Seaforth Greyhound Stadium -

Speedway arrived at this venue in 1934 when racing was held under an open licence, promoted by Waterloo and District Motor Club who placed Hector Chipchase at the stadium as speedway manager. The first meeting in 1934 was late in the season, September 19th the last at the track was also September this time on the 23rd 1935, so after just over a year of running the track was closed, activity being moved to the Stanley Stadium. From the description of the track it does not sound too satisfactory as the corners are described as very tight requiring the riders take them in a rolling drift as any attempt to drive round caused rider and machine to hit the fence.

There were rumours that speedway would return to the site in 1954 but it remained just that, a rumour and even the greyhound racing ceased there in 1965 and is to day an open area of grass.

Please click on programme thumbnails to enlarge.
images courtesy John Somerville

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Liverpool, Stanley Stadium Car Park - Following the end of the 1949 speedway season the management of Liverpool got unofficial approval to build a practice track on the Stadium car park, now I have no idea what getting (unofficial) approval means but it would seem that the Liverpool management did as they must have constructed it for it to appear here and for training to have taken place on it during the winter of 1949/1950.

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Loch Ronald, Nr Wigtown, Scotland - Bill Hannah a novice attached to Glasgow speedway is known to have used the frozen Loch Ronald for training in the winter of 1952. Having marked out the circuit with stones he used a conventional speedway machines without spikes - reckon it would have taught him to use a very light touch.

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London, Alexandra Palace, Roller-skating Arena. - Never really used for speedway as we know it but this 3,500 seater concert room was turned at some stage into a roller skating arena and, for reasons probably only known to the rider himself, Phill Bishop held two ‘events’ one in 1935 and the other in 1937 when he raced his speedway machine against the well known roller-skating champion Benny Lee - the result of neither event is known.

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London, Docklands Arena. - This wonderful area built as part of the regeneration programme for the East End of the city is used mainly as an exhibition facility, but also major music events and on one occasion two speedway meetings. Under the name of Arena Speedway Promotions Limited, Dave Pavitt, Lohn Louis and Gareth Rodgers staged two meeting on the same day, January 6th 1991, the floor covered with a rubberised material. A four team tournament with the title of Capital fours was run in the afternoon and the teams and scores were: City Slickers 36, West End Wonders 30, Trafalgar Squares 18, East Enders 10 the evening an Individual International Event won by Kelvin Tatum with Andy Campbell runner-up having won a run off with Armando Castagna.

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Lowestoft, John Javis of Homes of British Speedway tells me - “The venue ran at least 7 meetings in 1933 under the banner of Kessingland  Speedway. Promoted by Lowestoft M.C.C. First meeting 2 July 1933. Racing manager in 1933 was Frederick Newson, meetings ofton used 6 riders per heat, with 10 a side matches. Ran as grass track in 1934 and 1935 without using "Speedway" in title”.

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Lydden Hill, Kent, was in 1955 opened by Bill Chesson originally for Stock Car and Grass-track racing however it entered a Southern Area League side, the Southern Rovers, but as the speedway track was never completed at Lydden they were not able to hold their home meeting, at home, so to speak. So although ‘proper’ speedway has never taken place at the venue end of season grass-track and long-track meeting were held between 1968 and 1984.

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Other Tracks in towns that begin with ‘L’


But are or were used for brief periods, training of other explosions of imagination

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Many thanks to John Jarvis for allowing the data in his book ‘Homes of British Speedway’ to be used here.

Luton, Bedfordshire, the Greyhound Stadium - the speedway circuit at this venue was run mainly as a training centre for Wembley, the coaching being given by Jim Kempster and Don Durant. It was used from 1934 to 1936 with the occasional open meeting taking place.

Please click on programme thumbnails to enlarge.- images courtesy John Somerville

Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent, Former Sittingbourne rider Malcolm Smith built a 201 meter track on a Lydd farmers set-aside land. It was a bowl like venue with a sandy surfaced circuit which held a demonstration for the local council to assess the noise disturbance to the area. It seems they were satisfied as training and open meetings have been held there ever since.

Please click on programme thumbnails to enlarge.- images courtesy John Somerville