Vin­tage speedway fes­ti­val can­celled

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Pro­moter David Lander has aban­doned the Aus­tralian Vin­tage Speedway Fes­ti­val planned for the 2016 Queen’s Birthday long week­end at Tre­van Ford Grafton Speedway due to a lack of in­ter­est and nom­i­na­tions. David did not hide his dis­ap­point­ment when he an­nounced he was “pulling the pin” on the Fes­ti­val af­ter calling for nom­i­na­tions since last Septem­ber. “The her­itage and his­tory of our fan­tas­tic sport will die with the cur­rent vin­tage peo­ple when they die. The his­tory and her­itage of our great sport is not in any­body’s hands,” he said. “If those peo­ple run­ning the re­spec­tive vin­tage clubs be­lieve a dis­play some­where in a park or run­ning around a trot­ting track as a closed event to only the in­ner cir­cle is dis­play­ing our rich his­tory to the masses, they are sadly mistaken.” He was quick to ac­knowl­edge – and sin­cerely thank – the 21 peo­ple who had nom­i­nated their ma­chines for the Fes­ti­val. Lander also made it clear he will never again at­tempt such a pro­mo­tion to hon­our and pay trib­ute to our glo­ri­ous past and great his­tory of speedway in this coun­try which is recog­nised as be­ing “in­vented” here by John­nie Hoskins at West Mait­land in 1923. Plans for the Aus­tralian Vin­tage Speedway Fes­ti­val were well ad­vanced for what would have also been a very sig­nif­i­cant “me­dia event”. David Lander al­ways has me­dia cov­er­age of his fix­tures (be­fore and af­ter the event) fea­tured in all av­enues of the me­dia – and the Aus­tralian Vin­tage Speedway Fes­ti­val was not an ex­cep­tion to that rule, with lo­cal ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and news­pa­per cov­er­age al­ready in place. Ne­go­ti­a­tions with Fox Sports to present a one hour spe­cial de­layed cov­er­age of the Fes­ti­val had made sig­nif­i­cant progress over the past month af­ter Den­nis New­lyn ap­proached his con­tacts at the sports chan­nel and the show looked set for a green light. This Fes­ti­val was al­ways des­tined to be a lot more than just a gath­er­ing of vin­tage per­son­nel, cars and bikes, but the end re­sult is: the event has now be­come a non-event.

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