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Speedway

Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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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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Enthralling ..<br />

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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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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A heroic sport

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

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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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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.