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Hounslow Speedway
 
I confess, I know nothing about any speedway at Hounslow.  However, speedway journalist John Hyam has been in touch with some information concerning some racing that took place in 1935.
 

Some additional info re Hounslow from the Middlesex Chronicle. 
At least four meetings were run (30 June, 7,14,21 July 1935). 
Coverage ceases after this. Given that the Hounslow Motor Cycle & Car Club publicly disassociated themselves from the running of the speedway after the third meeting and the fourth meeting appears to have been a bit of a shambles I would guess that there never was a fifth meeting.
Location:ad for first meeting describes the track as being opposite Hounslow Heath; and 'Buses 37,116,120 and 137 pass the door'. The 116 still goes down the Staines Road, but Hounslow Heath was much larger then than it is now. My best guess (and I stress it is a guess) is that the track was to the north of the Staines Road where Hounslow Heath Golf Course currently is somewhere near the area marked on the 1935 OS map as sports ground and sand/gravel pits.
Results: 7 July - Tuck won scratch and h'cap
14 July - S Manning (scr) and R Adams (h'cap) were the trophy winners.

Riders in addition to those known from the 7 July programme - match reports refer to: T White, H Dawson, D Hore, Nobby Brown, R Amos and W Gratten. Apart from R Amos whose name I've seen in a California meeting report these names are unfamiliar to me.

The ad for the first meeting invites applications to ride and gives the contact address as Mr H Mathews of 16 Spring Grove, Kew Bridge.

 

 
 
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Early JAP engines were fitted into many frames.  Excelsior may have been a little later than Hounslow in 1935.  If you have any photos of earlier machines please email me John
 

 
 

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