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Caxton Speedway
 
Caxton, Near Cambridge 1931-1932 ran meetings under an open license
 
Courtesy of John Hyam
 

John Hyam says: Homes of British Speedway' says the following;- Amateur dirt-track events were run on Sunday afternoons in 1931 and 1932, under the promotion of Newmarket Motorcycle Club. The 1932 season is known to have begun by 10th April and run through until, at least 25th September. A meeting on 22nd Maythat year saw Caxton defeat Staines 32-21 over a nine heat formula.

John Hyam says: Clem Stafford, Dusty Rhodes, C Vincent, Buster Cray, Puff Morley, Johnnie Bull, Hughie Bentley, Fred Burley, H Norman and A McGaw appeared in the opening meeting on Easter Monday, 6th April 1931, watched by a crowd of around 5,000.  The crowd for the meeting on 12th April was about 2,000, with Ernie Greenwood, Arthur Reynolds, Ernie Barnes and Johnnie Modlin among the riders competing. 


John Hyam says:  Later in 1931 further competitors at Caxton included Pat Clark, Len Burger, Pat Linn,  Wal Smith, Tommy Hallybone, Jack Smith, Jack Millward, Broadside Walker, Wal Barker, Tom Craig, Bill Bailey, Buster Brown, Wal Hughes, Lionel London, Smiler Puncher, Alf Lloyd, Wal Evans, Phil Pike, Claude Ellis, Harvey Swanson, Harry Davidson, Jack Riddle, Reg Wilkis, Bert Colway, Nutty Knighton, Jack Moloney, Buster Rowney, Jack Williams and Jim Childs.

Riders appearing at Caxton in 1932 included Charlie Vincent, Hughie Bentley, Puff Morley, Jimmy Worboys, Ernie Greenwood, Arthur Reynolds, Bill Gladstone, Sammy Dean, Jim Childs and Les Budden. The dirt track was on the Cambridge to St Neots Road near Caxton Gibbet, with the admission charge in 1932 being 1s 2d, with an extra 6d for entry to the grandstand.
Caxton meetings were generally staged on Sunday afternoons and as 24th August 1932 was a Wednesday it is perhaps unlikely that a meeting was held on that date.  However, a nine-heat match took place on Sunday, 24th April 1932 between Caxton and a team labelled 'Australians', with the result 24-24, missing points resulting from two bad crashes.  The Caxton line-up was Jimmy Warboys, Len Burger, Sammy Dean, Charlie Vincent, Wal Barker and Jack Smith.  The 'Australians' team comprised Wal Kilmister, Spencer Stratton, Dicky Bird, Boyd Pratt, Bill Newman and Eric Spencer.   Scratch and handicap races took place, also featuring Alf Foulds, Nutty Knighton, Geo. Rowney, Puff Morley, Geo. Yeomans, N Walker and Ted Hallybone.
 

 
 
The Bedfordshire Times and Independent
 
Courtesy of Johnston Press
& The British Library Board
 
Jim Henry says: Hi John, Les Drury sent me the Caxton Newspaper Advertisement, which I have forwarded to you for the website.
John says:  As is usual with broadsheet newspaper column adverts, they are small and of poor resolution unfortunately, so any photo-shopping/enlarging makes the text unreadable.  However, I am pleased to have the Caxton ad on the website.
 
 

 
Bikes like this dirt track Rudge would have been used at Caxton
 



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