In 2004 we were approached by a gentleman whose friend had recently died and who had a collection of vintage speedway machines and memorabilia and he asked if we knew where these might be displayed as his widow did not wish to sell them. Discussing this at a 2005 committee meetings of the World Speedway Riders’ Association (formally the Veteran Speedway Riders’ Association), Terry Stone said that Dingle Brown had told him that he had been considering starting a museum and that it might be a possibility to site it at The Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, Herts, which is owned by former rider Pete Sampson.
A couple of meetings with Pete Sampson and it was agreed to go ahead with the proposal and the committee subsequently sent pledge requests to all members and a considerable number of businesses and people connected with speedway. The response initially was reasonable but then the momentum picked up as individuals and speedway clubs started offering donations. One of the committee members, George Barclay, offered to give his full commitment to the job of trying to raise the necessary money during this and next speedway season. Back to the top
New year, new hope there is much confidence that the target will be reached as by the beginning of the new year the amount raised reached £47,730 (87% of the required fund) just £7,270 (say it quickly) Although there was less opportunity during the closed season to raise money the Sunderland re-
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2006 March -
Many offers were made of machines from all eras, clothing and riding equipment, artefacts and memorabilia, and it was announced that the recent British Grand Prix winner, Jason Crump, had confirmed that he will loan of his 2004 World Championship Jawa bike to the speedway museum, whilst six times world number one Ivan Mauger also offered three of his title winning machines.
It was hoped to complete the funding by collections through the summer months, and commence construction of the building in September, then fitting out and preparing for a proposed spring 2007 opening.
Badges produced to help with the fundraising
2004 in the beginning
2005 project progress
2006 onwards and upwards