A little known speedway venture. The
track was at Mortlake Road, Chiswick in London and the sport lasted for only 2 seasons 1957 and 1958. The team was
called the Champions in 1957 and the Nomads in 1958 due to only
riding away challenge matches throughout 1957.
Graham Gleave's Pics/Info
Most of what is on the Chiswick page have
come from Manchester's Graham Gleave. He is so prolific that
I wait excitedly
for the postman
to see what Graham has sent me next. Chiswick this week and
the following items will explain themselves.
Above images courtesy of Graham Gleave
If the N race jackets look familiar, they were ordered by
Newcastle Speedway who never picked up them up from the makers.
The Newcastle team used a large black N on a white jersey background when
they were the Newcastle Magpies in 1949. Chiswick's team
looked great in these N racejackets.
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
Eastbourne v Chiswick
8th June 1958
Eastbourne Reserve on loan from
Wimbledon: Ivan Mauger
John says: My 1960's hero Ivan Mauger's
name appears as an Eastbourne guest from Wimbledon. Ivan was
a reserve for the eagles and netted 8 points. This was 1958
and it was to take until 1963 before Ivan burst onto the scene
Nomads in Training
Courtesy of John Spoor
JAP speedway bikes, like this one, had had a monopoly on our
tracks since approx 1931 to the late 1960s. So bikes like the
one shown above would have graced the Chiswick 1950s campaign
although probably not as well maintained with chrome and polish as
the amazing specimen pictured above .