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It's All About You... Andrew Mollitor

Soren Sjosten

Tell us about your introduction to speedway

A friend at school used to go and watch Belle Vue at Hyde Road and always raved about it. I then saw the Daily Express Spring Classic on World of Sport which I think Scott Autrey won and I mithered my parents to take me to Hyde Road which they did in 1978. We were hooked from then on and went to every home meeting and all the localish away ones like Halifax, Sheffield and the challenges at Ellesmere Port.

 

Tell us about your favourite meeting of all time

There have been plenty of good ones but one I always remember was a Belle Vue v Coventry match from Hyde Road from 1979 maybe...Ole Olsen was always fantastic around Hyde Road and his battles with Peter Collins and Chris Morton were something to look forward to weeks in advance. Anyway this was its usual tight match and I still remember Belle Vue reserve Rob Maxfield popping out of the start with Collins and having Olsen up his exhaust pipe for 4 laps but shutting him out on every bend and beating him..the crowd went wild and I think Maxfield said it was his best moment in speedway..it still sticks in my mind today.

 

Tell us about your favourite rider of all time

Peter Collins and Chris Morton from my introduction to Belle Vue were instant heroes and were fantastic around Hyde Road but my all time favourite rider is Erik Gundersen. I loved Erik's bikes and leathers and he really looked the business and his style around Hyde Road was second to none, riding so wide he was almost in the stands ! He was no doubt the fastest I have seen around the old Belle vue track and he always seemed to have a lot of time for the fans as well.

 

Tell us about your favourite track/stadium

Obviously it was the old Hyde Road. I think I was lucky that that was the track that gave me my intorduction to speedway as having seen many away tracks over the years that followed I don't think that many other tracks would have grabbbed my initial interest like Hyde Road did. It was terrible when it closed and speedway at Belle Vue has never really recovered in my opinion.

 

What are the best things about speedway?

The smell and the noise are fantastic and I think the TV coverage these days is fantastic as well for the sport as it re ignited my interest after I lost interest for a good few years until watching it on the TV again.

 

What are the worst things about speedway?

Badly prepared tracks and the overly complicated rule book. I also don't like the double points tactical as it seems a bit unfair though it probably helps make meetings closer.

 

What one thing would you do to improve speedway?

Simplify the rule book !

 

Tell us about a rider you wish you'd seen

Soren Sjosten...I hear all the stories from the old Belle Vue fans about him and also Chris Morton saying he was his hero so I would have loved to see him in his prime.

 

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