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ISBN: 9780857042019
AUTHOR: Chaplin & Somerville
Speedway The Greatest Moments
Speedway The Greatest Moments
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THE acclaimed and highly successful partnership of speedway’s top writer, JOHN CHAPLIN, and speedway’s top image banker, JOHN SOMERVILLE, have teamed up again.

SPEEDWAY: THE GREATEST MOMENTS is just that … the sport’s most memorable events and personalities vividly described in CHAPLIN’S brilliant words and SOMERVILLE’S incredibly rare and classic pictures.

All speedway life is here. The highs and the lows. CHAPLIN and SOMERVILLE have set out on a remarkable odyssey to reveal, as only they can, the entire speedway spectrum – from the simple idolatry of the humble fan to the high drama that has created speedway’s moments of greatest sporting endeavour.

From the story of how the modern phenomenal on-track understanding of 2012 World Champion Chris Holder and his team mate the precocious Darcy Ward compares with that of the Incredible Parkers – Jack and Norman – to how speedway riders cope with seeing a fatality before their very eyes.

Who really did invent speedway? How did a team of speedway riders preserve their modesty when their race suits failed to turn up? Which speedway star’s wife became the world’s most outrageous stripper? Which speedway rider had to have a chaperone? Who was speedway’s Thunder Stealer? And why did they call one speedway rider Termite?


John Chaplin is generally acknowledged throughout the speedway world to be the leading authority on the history of the sport. An author and broadcaster, his pedigree goes back almost 60 years, and this book is based on his writings during that time, including his acclaimed regular contributions to Speedway Star magazine and his own hugely successful Vintage Speedway magazine.

John Somerville has spent a fortune acquiring from the world’s top speedway photographers their best and most vivid pictures. They appear in publications throughout the world. He is dedicated to preserving the sport’s most iconic images.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 9780857042019, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published September 2014.

Classic Speedway VenuesClassic Speedway Venues - £19.99
Philip Dalling's highly personal and richly illustrated exploration of more than 50 highly individual homes of speedway, including all of the UK’s current tracks and a selection of iconic venues from the past.
Speedway SuperheroesSpeedway Superheroes - £19.99
This book is by way of a summit meeting between John Chaplin, a career Fleet Street journalist and the world’s best speedway writer, and John Somerville, an enthusiast par excellence, who has amassed the biggest speedway image bank. They have teamed up to bring you the greatest stories and photographs from the worlds' most exciting sport.
Speedway The Classic EraSpeedway The Classic Era - £19.99
Speedway journalist Philip Dalling covers the sport’s 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. The book is a fascinating guide to the days when for many the sport was at the height of its interest and appeal.
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