SPEEDWAY THE CLASSIC ERA
WRITTEN BY PHILIP DALLING
Speedway The Classic Era 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.
It chronicles the sport’s 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.
1. Controversal to its core : who invented speedway ?
2. Sport or entertainment ? the fight for speedway’s soul
3. Roughhouse to respectability
4. Stability and survival
5. Towards a world-wide sport
6. Introducing a Golden Age
7. Survival of the fittest
8. Revival in the air
9. Speedway Renaissance
10. See you in court
11. One big league
When speedway was fun
The book is new, hard cover, 16 pages, English text.
ISBN : 978 0 85704 104 3