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ISBN: 9780857041043
AUTHOR: Philip Dalling
Speedway The Classic Era
Speedway The Classic Era
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Britain went crazy for speed in the first half of the twentieth century. On land, at sea and in the air, the exploits of the daring gripped the nation.

Speedway arrived from Australia in 1928, at just the right moment to exploit an insatiable demand for motorsport thrills. Early amateur events soon gave way to a fully-professional sport, with a strong emphasis on entertainment.

Crowds flocked to major stadia, including the Crystal Palace, Chelseaís Stamford Bridge, Manchesterís Belle Vue and Wembleyís Empire Stadium. Written off by sceptics on many occasions, speedway has weathered many ups and downs during its eighty-plus years.

Speedway The Classic Era covers the sportís first four decades, starting with its early mushroom growth and the subsequent development of league racing, a World Championship, and test matches pitting England against Australia.

It chronicles the sportís almost miraculous survival during World War Two, and its astonishing impact in the immediate post-war era, when eleven million people watched racing at its UK peak in 1949.

Punitive entertainment tax and the arrival of television, brought a mid-1950s slump, but speedway fought back, first to stability and then to renewed popularity in the 1960s, the final years covered by this book. With a lively and informative text and more than 200 evocative and nostalgic photographs, Speedway The Classic Era is a fascinating guide to the days when for many the sport was at the height of its interest and appeal.

Philip Dalling is a journalist and author who has covered speedway racing for more than 40 years, meeting and interviewing most of its great names. He is an associate member of the World Speedway Riders Association (WRSA) and in addition to two published books on the sport, has contributed articles to magazines and websites including Speedway Star, Backtrack, Classic Speedway, Speedway Plus, and to many regional newspapers.

Although his published work concentrates on the first four decades or so of speedway, from the late 1920s to the end of the 1960s, he enjoys modern day racing, attending meetings whenever possible.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 104 3, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published September 2011. Reprinted March 2014.

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