On 19 May 1928, just three months after the sport had been launched in this country at the pioneering High Beech meeting, Fred Mockford and Cecil Smith introduced speedway racing to Crystal Palace with the first international match between England and Australia, the forerunner of the Test matches. It was an immediate success with the public who flocked in their tens of thousands to witness these latter day black-clad gladiators hurtling their way round the track on bikes with no brakes at breakneck speed and flinging their bikes into a slide at the corners at impossible angles.
This book looks at how speedway came to open at Crystal Palace and follows its history through the next six years as a league team operating in the world’s first speedway league until its closure in 1933 and its brief revival in the late 1930s.
Although one of the pioneering tracks little was known about its history until now as Norman Jacobs provides a comprehensive history covering the major events at the track, facts and figures, behind the scenes anecdotes and its larger than life characters including Johnnie Hoskins, Ron Johnson and Tom Farndon, who became the Star Riders’ champion in 1933.
235 x 165 mm
15 August 2012
50 black-and-white photographs
Norman Jacobs is the author of 11 published speedway books plus 14 other books. He is a committee member of the Speedway Museum, and administrator of Speedway History Forum web site.