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CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Ex-track stars invited to reunion.

COVENTRY Devlins Newsagents want to hear from former cycle speedway riders from the city as they prepare to celebrate 50 years of the sport in Coventry.

The club are organising a grand reunion two weeks today on Saturday, July 5 (7pm) when they promote the 2003 British veterans final at Hearsall Common.

They are calling on all former riders to contact them so that they can be included in a special hall of fame section in the souvenir programme.

Originally known as the bomb site sport, or, the skid kid sport, cycle speedway was formed on the bomb sites of the second world war.

Most major cities, like Coventry had dozens of cycle speedway teams in the 1950s and early6 1960s.

Almost every district of Coventry had a team and racing took place on four nights a week as the sport boomed - similar to the impact BMX made in the 1980s.

The Coventry club believe the first organised racing in the city took place in 1953 and are using the hosting of the British veterans final to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

It promises to be a fantastic gala occasion. The Lord Mayor, Cllr Sucha Bains, will open the event before 16 top riders, led by reigning champion Dennis Hubble of Southampton, battle for honours.

The evening will finish with a celebration social reunion at the Herald Public House, Canley, only few hundred yards from the track. Coventry club secretary Tim Metcalfe said: "We are proud to be staging this major sports final. We would like to hear from all former riders in particular members of the legendary Alvis Aces and Earlsdon Hammers clubs and other riders from the 50s and 60s." The number to call is 07880 764026.

Coventry under-16s take on Birmingham juniors tomorrow afternoon at Hearsall Common (3pm).

Coventry: 1 Matthew Lawrence, 2 James Price, 3 Ben Davies, 4 Mitch Barlow, 5 Sam Hardie, 6 Kyle Barlow, 7 Sean McGibley, 8 Fred Davidson.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 21, 2003
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