"Firstly, many many thanks to Tony Webb for a series of fascinating and factual articles on the attempts to get speedway going into Asia, particularly Malaysia in modern days.
I have long thought that Asia, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Singapore, etc could actually turn into hotbeds for our sport, but every time anything is started it always seems to fall by the wayside. Sadly and politically, China is currently ruling itself out of any serious attempt. Who out of us wouldn't want to visit China and view their cultural heritage and maybe see the vast potential for speedway racing there? Sadly, those in charge seem to make it all fall on deaf ears.
The pandemic now has put paid to any hopes of expansion of our beloved sport on a worldwide stage. Years back I thought of a possible Grand Prix at the Stade de France in Paris, where speedway has been held in the past to moderate success. For the next few years, this looks as far as we can possibly go, and dreams of conquering Asia must just be held as that - dreams.
One day though our great and famous historical sport must and will make the breakthrough it so richly deserves. Many thanks to the greatest rider I've ever had the privilige to see, the unique Ivan Mauger, for all his efforts to spread our sport worldwide. One day it will happen and be a fitting tribute to him. "
"Colin came to our house several times whilst at Crewe, my Dad was groundsman for the BR sportsground and was involved in the Speedway security. Good memories of those days visiting the track as an adolescent!!"
"You may already know this but thought I would let you know about Ernie Baker. Ernie passed away on the 17/4/2021 after a battle with cancer. I worked with Ernie from 1980 to 1994 but we all kept in touch & had reunions & the last time I saw Ernie was in 2019. He told me some great story's but sadly most are not printable."