Defunct Speedway Tracks

 


 

London
(White City)

 
White City Stadium, Wood Lane, London off and on between 1928 and 1983. Speedway needs big city venues so hopefully London can come back with a speedway track in the not too distant future.
 
 
White City Badges  Bob Cannon's Photos
 
 

This is Frank Arthur riding a 350cc Harley peashooter at White City in 1928.  The American bike in both 350cc and 500cc sizes was the bike to have until the British bike makers Douglas & Rudge starting making dirt track machines around 1928/29

 

 
 
Jack Bishop
 
 

Another Harley Peashooter rider, Jack Bishop at the White City

 

 
 
Dicky Smythe
 
 

 
 
Del Forster
 
 
Del Forster on an immaculate Rudge Dirtrack, this photo clearly shows the frame strengtheners used by the factory at that time.
 

 
 
White City Team 1929
 
Courtesy of Gillian Schuler-Owen
 
John Skinner says: Gillian has sent this photo of the White City team.  Her dad Jack (John) Owen is in the photo, can you supply any names and suggest the year? John
 
Norman Jacobs says: Hi John, I was just looking at White City on your Defunct Tracks website. You have a team photo from their early period and ask if anyone can identify the riders and the year. Sadly I can't identify any of the riders at the moment but the year has to be 1929 as it was the only year that White City had a team. They closed at the end of that season until 1976. Best wishes Norman
 
 
Jack (John) Owen
 
Courtesy of Gillian Schuler-Owen
 
Gillian says: It’s not easy for me to do a tribute to my Dad John (Jack Owen) as I truly know really nothing about his speedway days. I do know that he came home from one meeting with a broken nose, only to be told by my grandfather that he couldn’t race again for a while. Dad did, of course, and won, which softened up his Dad. I wish I could tell you more. He married my mother, Sybil Pfisterer (later Fisher). My Mum rode a motor bike at 17 and I have some terrific photos of her in various cars. Her Dad, my Grandpa, had a garage in Northwich, Cheshire. My brother was not allowed to have a motorbike (too dangerous said Dad) but he polished up a Model T Ford. His (Chris’) son was allowed a motorbike (obviously) but was killed in a crash when he was only 18. My husband and I are also a bit car crazy, too. If you think I can add anything about my dad, please let me know.
 
John says: can anyone name the riders in the above team photo and supply any info about Jack/John Owen? John
 

 
 
John says: I have no other photos etc until the 1970s
 

1976 White City
Programme Board

 
Courtesy of Alan Berns
 
 
1977 White City
Programme Board
 

Courtesy of Bob Cannon

 

 
 
White City v Swindon
 
19th April 1976
 
Courtesy of Alan Berns
 
This was White City v Swindon 19th April 1976 cannot make out the riders but what a great old stadium.
 

 
 
1977 League Champions
 
Courtesy of Alan Berns
 
 
 

 
 
London White City Badges
 
 
1976  1977  1977
     
 
1979  1979   1979
     
1980      1980 1981
     
1982 1982 1983
     
 
Year Unknown    Year Unknown       
 

 
 
Bob Cannon's Photos
 
Richard Hellsen 1976
 
 

 
 
Trevor Geer 1976
 
 

 
 

Gordon Kennett 1977

 
 
 
 

 
 
Dag Lovaas
 
 
 
John says:  I watched Dag ride every week in 1970 when Newcastle Promoter Ian Hoskins brought him into my Newcastle side.  I thought he was good as a rookie in 1970 and he went on to be a top rider elsewhere following Newcastle closing down
 

 

Tormod Langli &
Steve Weatherly

 
 
 

 
 

Christer Sjosten & Kai Neimi

 
 

 
 
1977 Rebels
 
 
Bob Cannon says: L -R  Marek Cieslak, Trevor Geer, Steve Weatherly, Gordon Kennett on bike, Paul Gachet, Kai Niemi and I'm not sure if its Lee or Danny Dunton (manager).  The picture is from 1977, only 6 riders are present due to the R/R facility being granted due to Dag Lovaas not racing that year.
John Says: I reckon that the team manager is Lee Dunton
 

 
 
Marek Cieslak 1977
 
 
 
 
Unknown! Can you name the rider John  Lee Dunton says: This is Marek as well
 

 
 

Intercontinental Final 1979 At White City

 

London White City Courtesy Jim Blanchard

 
Can you put names to these well known faces and the year too? John
 
Phil Masters says: It was the Intercontinental Final on Sunday August 5th 1979 Back row left to right, I think it is Kai Niemi, Kelly Moran, definitely Malcolm Simmons next I think is Ole Olsen, Jan Andersson, Dave Jessup face just showing, not sure who the chap is at the end but don't think it is a rider.
Front row left to right is Michael Lee, Gordon Kennett, Billy Sanders, John Titman, Hans Nielsen, Finn Thomsen, Ivan Mauger, Larry Ross, John Davis, Peter Collins. Bobby Schwartz also rode in this meeting but can't see him in the photo.
 
Steve Baker says: London White City page, picture of 1979 Intercontinental Final, the rider named as Kai Niemi is actually Ila Teromaa and the guy at the front of the trailer who was thought not to be a rider is Mike Bast. It is also stated that although you cannot see him on the trailer Bobby Schwartz was also in the meeting,  if you look at the other picture on the site taken from behind the riders you can see Boogaloo and also Kai Niemi at the back of the trailer behind Lee and Teromaa. They have obviously been chopped off the first photo!
 
London White City Courtesy Jim Blanchard
 
 
Controversy!
 

London White City Courtesy Jim Blanchard

 
Were you there and can you remember what appears to have been a controversial crash.  Judging by the body language of the rider on the left the other guy must be the villain!
 

 
 

 
 
London White City Stadium Location 2014
 


 
Chris Wallet says: I spent the day in London yesterday. So I took a trip to the site of the old White City stadium.
I did see a few meetings there including league and individual but it was a huge old stadium and never looked full
or close when speedway was on. The first pic shows how the road alongside the old stadium site has been named after the Italian marathon runner who famously collapsed on the track at the end of the 1908 Olympic race.
Second pic shows the last visible bit of the old site. The old car park behind the old 1st/2nd bend.
 

 
Chris says: These 2 pics show the view down Dorando Close where the speedway home straight stand stood and the large office and shop block that now covers this part of the old stadium.
 

 
Chris's camera shows:  The new BBC Broadcasting House building that covers the back straight area of the old stadium.
 

 
Chris Wallett says: Last 2 pics show the courtyard area which is where the old centre green would have been which also shows a monument celebrating the 1908 Olympics held at the fine but now lost old stadium.
 
John says: Thank you Chris.  Why not book a couple of months leave and tour all of the old venues in my A-Z with your camera! Nah I cannot afford to sponsor you!
 

 
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