Dream Team : Peter Jupp
I have been going to Speedway since 1973, my 1st
meeting was a World Championship qualifier at Eastbourne won by Gordon
Kennett and I have been hooked ever since. I have visited most tracks in
my time and although supporting the Eagles of Eastbourne I would class
myself as a Speedway supporter over any one Team. My selection includes
a number of Eastbourne riders as well as my all time greats from both
Kelly had two spectacular years at Eastbourne in the
early 80s I still recall his swoops round the outside on the 1st & 2nd
bends. In my opinion the most spectacular rider ever. I still followed
his progress when at Sheffield and laterly at Belle Vue and Swindon.
Very much missed.
I remember Joe riding
at Eastbourne in the mid 70s and no one could get near him, a good gater
and stylish around the track. I seem to recall when he rode for
Newcastle in one season he only dropped 1 point at home when John
Jackson beat him.
The 1st rider
to break 60 seconds around Arlington. Whenever he rode he looked a
natural on the bike and very sylish. Had the potential to be a World
Champion but for that fateful night at Hackney in 1979.
I followed the young master of Arlington's career
from the junior track in the car park to being the British Grand Prix
winner. On his day was unbeatable round Arlington and had a great style
with it. Although he only rode in one Individual World Final I think he
could have done more always appeared to be more of a team man than an
I first saw Joe ride
at Coventry in the Golden Greats Meeting as a very young lad, what a
talent he was and carried this on during his Speedway career. Always
having to come from the back as he couldn't gate ( which was probably a
blessing ) he could find a gap where others couldn't and was a joy to
watch at all tracks
Mike rode for
many years at Eastbourne and was always consistant around Arlington. My
most vivid memory of Mike is that he always had the cuffs of his navy
blue leathers rolled back.
I felt I
had to include another current rider and Chris would be in any of my Dream
Teams. I have seen him ride numerous times but his inclusion has very
much to do with his bravery and commitment to Coventry in the play off
Final in 2010. After being run over by Lewis Bridger the way he carried
on riding despite being in obvious pain and then went on to have
probably the best meeting of his season marks him down as an all time
great in my book.
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This article was first published on 7th July 2011
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