The entertainment area that was The Tower Ground was completed in 1900 and included
a huge tower which dominated the complex
New Brighton FC occupied the centre of the ground around which was the athletics
track and that in turn was encompassed by a cycle track which hosted the World Cycling
Championships in 1922.
Speedway came to the venue comparatively late not being staged until 1933 a suitable
track being laid on top of the now disused athletics track. The promotion was the
Wirral Heath Motorcycle Club who ran the meetings under a restricted permit although
they had an open licence.
A couple of paragraphs from the “Homes of British Speedway“ are of particular interest
and perhaps amusement the first reads -
“One of the programmes from 1934 stated: ‘Motorcyclists wishing to compete must give
all particulars of their name etc. to the secretary at least fifteen minutes before
the start of the meeting. All competitors must pay an admission fee of 1 shilling
to the stadium only - there is no entrance fee to race.’ Oliver Hart is known to
have taken his first rides at New Brighton Tower in 1935.”
And the second -
“In autumn of 1948, Cheshire County Council gave approval in principle to an application
by the New Brighton Tower Amusement Co. to reopen the speedway track at the stadium,
despite strong protests from local residents over noise. However, the company was
refused a licence to run speedway in 1949. By the late 1960’s, the speedway track
had been covered in tarmac for use as a stock car circuit. In 1973, a further proposal
to reintroduce speedway to the venue came to nothing”.
It still puzzles me that Speedway is considered too noisy but stock cars with their
modified exhausts and large numbers are deemed to be acceptable.