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Classic Dirtbike - - Letters -

Just a quick email to con­grat­u­late you on the Broad­slide pub­li­ca­tion, a very good vol­ume of work. Cov­er­ing per­sonal and tech­ni­cal ar­ti­cles, Broad­slide should be­come part of every Speed­way fan’s mag­a­zine col­lec­tion.

Thanks too for the ar­ti­cle on our WSRA (World Speed­way Rid­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion) Na­tional Speed­way Mu­seum at Par­adise Wildlife Park, very well done and let’s hope that it will en­cour­age some more vis­i­tors to come along as it is the only pure speed­way mu­seum open to the public all year round. There are many other mu­se­ums and pri­vate col­lec­tions which fea­ture speed­way but they usu­ally fea­ture other mo­tor­cy­cles too or they are not ac­ces­si­ble to the gen­eral public.

Lots of in­ter­est­ing pho­to­graphs in the four-page ar­ti­cle on the mu­seum, plus Eric Boocock’s two-valve Jawa, but you missed my last 4-valve Jawa, tar­tan TT Leathers and var­i­ous tar­tan-painted Bell hel­mets but that’s okay, you did a good job of bring­ing the mu­seum to life.

You may al­ready be aware that next year, Fe­bru­ary 2018, will be the 90th an­niver­sary of when speed­way, (or dirt track rac­ing as it was then called) be­gan at High Beech in Ep­ping For­est, not far from where our mu­seum is sit­u­ated.

Every Fe­bru­ary, we have the an­nual, “Cel­e­bra­tion of Speed­way” ex­hi­bi­tion at Par­adise Wildlife Park to mark the oc­ca­sion and this year, we had over 1,500 peo­ple at­tend­ing on the Sun­day. We use the car park for booths with bikes, leathers, mem­o­ra­bilia and some speed­way teams come along to pro­mote their new sea­son.

The mu­seum is open (ob­vi­ously!) and we also have the big events mar­quee where we have stalls sell­ing old pro­grammes, pho­tos, books, DVDS, etc and we have a stage for rider in­ter­views through­out the day.

There is also a pit area out­side and on the hour, every hour, we start up some of the older un­si­lenced Dou­glas, Rudge and Jap ma­chines and that won­der­ful smell of Cas­trol ‘R’ fills the air.

Next year, be­ing the 90th an­niver­sary, we are work­ing on some ideas to try to make the event even more spe­cial, so if you put the date, Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, 2018 in your di­ary, you may want to come along and en­joy the day.

Bert Harkins WSRA Com­mit­tee Mem­ber. For­mer WSRA Pres­i­dent For­mer In­ter­na­tional Rider and…….

For­mer Sole UK Im­porter for Scott Gog­gles and Acer­bis (Italy) Plas­tics! (End of Per­sonal Plugs!) Email

Praise in­deed Bert, thank you for the com­pli­ments on Broad­slide. I hope to get along to the 90th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, though the speed­way event of­ten clashes with the Clas­sic Dirt Bike Show at Telford. TB

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