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CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Veterans finals marks sport's 50th anniversary.

THE 2003 British Veterans Cycle Speedway final goes ahead at Hearsall Common, next Saturday (7pm).

It's a fantastic honour for the Coventry club, reformed only two years ago, and currently top of the national league. The event is recognition for the outstanding progress the club has made, both on and off the track.

Local interest in the British final will be in the form of a trio of Coventry Devlins Newsagents riders, Les Grimes, Martin Eaden and Allan Brown.

Grimes has been in regular action this year and has scored vital points, particularly at home, at first team level. All round sports cyclists Eaden, who excels at cycle cross and mountain bike racing, returns to cycle speedway action and his superb fitness could well make him a surprise packet.

Brown has the best chance of capturing a place on the podium. At 18 stone, he is the heaviest cycle speedway rider in the country. His all action style is sure to thrill the expected large crowd.

Promoted by Coventry Devlins Newsagents, the event is free to all spectators.

Off the track, the Coventry club are pulling out all the stops to make it a night to remember as it celebrates 50 years of cycle speedway in Coventry.

For the first time ever at Hearsall Common, the track will be properly watered to obtain optimum racing conditions, courtesy of a water bouser supplied by the council.

At half time, Coventry Bees speedway stars Billy Janniro, Ryan Fisher and Jason Bunyan will feature in special celebrity races.

The night ends with a social reunion at the Herald pub, Sir Henry Parkes Road.

Following last week's successful appeal in the Evening Telegraph, over 50 former cycle speedway riders from the 1950s and 1960s have contacted the club to join the festivities.

However, the club are still kean to hear from members of the all conquering Earlsdon Hammers team of the early 1970s, such as Paul Turner, Pip Deeming, Will Truslove and Bob Hemming to contact them. The number to ring is 07880 764026.

Coventry under 16s lost 94-86 at home to Birmingham last Sunday afternoon.

Coventry travel to Hellingley (Eastbourne) tomorrow for a top of the table national league encounter.

First Team: 1. Matthew Lawrence, 2. Myke Grimes, 3. Ashley Pointer, 4. Dave Frith, 5. Joe McLaughlin, 6. Mick Docker, 7. Tim Metcalfe, 8. Ben Davies.

Second Team: 1. Les Grimes, 2. Mitch Barlow, 3. Sam Hardie, 4. James Price, 5. Kyle Barlow, 6. Tom McDade, 7. Sean McGibley.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 28, 2003
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