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Speedway was a prime-time sport in the 1970s and 1980s. Its most successful riders were household names, and events would be held in venues as large as Wembley Stadium, attracting tens of thousands of spectators. In a time of only three terrestrial TV channels in the UK, you were guaranteed to find Speedway racing on one of them on a Saturday afternoon.

At one point, London alone was home to 11 separate clubs. Today it has none.

So what put this once-dominant sport on the slide? It’s especially puzzling given that one of its leading lights (and three-time World Champion), Tai Woffinden, is British. He’s hugely famous within speedway circles, but lacks the public recognition of his F1 equivalent Lewis Hamilton. Tai now chooses to race in Poland, where the sport is as popular and well-loved as it was in its UK glory days.

Sports journalist and broadcaster, Jennie Gow, is best-known for her F1 coverage, but she believes that speedway is, in many ways, the superior spectator sport. Jennie hears from speedway riders, promoters, academics, writers, commentators, musicians, bosses and fans (and even a vicar for good measure) to ask if this exhilarating sport can roar back to greatness.

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Not a fan but loved this

New respect for Jenny Gow, Great to learn more about her pure motorsport passion. As for the racing, i loved learning about the roots. A great listen.

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  • Stephen
  • 28-01-2020

Enthralling ..

Told me so much I didn't know .. I didn't know .. Has brought me upto speed on the sport .. Inspired me to go and watch Bellevue Aces and Colts at the opening of tbe season .. In March .. Thank you x

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  • Alex
  • 28-01-2020

Not just for speedway fans

Loved this series despite not knowing much about speedway. I thought I'd give it a go and I'm glad I did - it's a really warm production with some great insights from fans and riders. Their love for speedway is infectious and I found myself rooting for a sport I hadn't given much thought to previously. Lots of laughs along the way too!

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  • P K.
  • 04-02-2020

A heroic sport

Insightful. Learned a lot and took me back years to when it was on TV.

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  • Keith
  • 19-07-2020

Cracking !! Fun!!

Well written, fun and intresting! well worth the time to sit down too.. Full of history and includes very interesting guests!

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  • petula mitchell
  • 04-07-2020

For the speedway fans...

An interesting tour through the current state of British speedway, which probably raises more questions than answers. Good input from riders , promoters and avid fans who, like me, are old enough to remember the halcyon years of the 1970s and 80s.

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  • Michael Wright
  • 10-06-2020

Speedway memories

First went to speedway in 1990 at King’s Lynn and haven’t been for a few years now. Great to hear more from inside the sport, it’s right that it needs someone to get hold of it and promote the sport better and sort some of the internal issues. Amazing sport though and raw in an exciting way that few other sports are. Real bonus to find this podcast on signing up for audible

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  • H. W. W. Kirby
  • 03-03-2020

Not Just For Speedway Fans

I was aware of Speedway as a child as Ivan Mauger would be on Blue Peter from time to time, but as a sport, it has rather faded from view. Many stadia are now office blocks or housing estates, while those that remain are inaccessible and grubby. The limited TV coverage is behind a paywall and no one has I know has heard of Britain's 3 time World Champion. This series asks what went wrong and what can be done to put it right.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-02-2020

Great series and presentation!

Great short series and well presented. Good variation of perspectives and insight into speedway and challenges in the modern era. Presenter has infectious enthusiasm

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  • MARK TURNER
  • 18-02-2020

A trip down memory lane

Absolutely brilliant podcast . Took me back to when I used to watch the King's Lynn Stars with my uncle

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  • 30-01-2020

Speedway a brief history.

A well narrated in site to the history of British Speedway. Interesting insights into what has happened to British Speedway and what is to become of it in the future.

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