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FOR THRILLS IN BROADSIDING, NZ Truth, Issue 1306, 22 December 1930
FOR THRILLS IN BROADSIDING
England's Team Will Be After Honors In Full Series of Tests LOCAL CHAMPIONS~WILL EXTEND THEM Speedway fans throughout New Zealand are m for some thrilling sport between now and the end of the season. Not only are Australian cracks making the trip across the Tasman to compete on our tracks, but England's foremost riders < are also flocking to these shores to show us some of the thrills and spills of which they are capable. At Kilbirnie Stadium on Saturday patrons of the arena had a foretaste of what is ahead, for one might say that the season is just commencing. England's International Speedway team are going to make things hum with a vengeance from now on. Smiling Jimmy Kempster, England's Test captain, and Frank Bond, the Southampton captain, are both here and will compete on Kilbirnie tracks.
•THE introduction of team riding has X been received as a great innovation by the sport-loving people of New Zealand, and from now on some Wonderful tests of racing will be witnessed. It is m this type of racing that the binder shifters will, serve up to patrons £6me of the real thrills of broadsidlng. AH the English visitors are experts m their game, and have some wonderful times to their credit, but as tracks Vary m size, local conditions must be ] taken into .consideration. At Kilbirnie, on December*; 27, a galaxy of talent will mount their machines and compete for supremacy on the pinder track. Jim Kempster > and Frank Bond will be seen competing, Vrith the local champions.
It goes without sayjng that boys like Wally Kilmister, Tim Wilkinson and C. Tonks will give the English importations all they are looking for m the matter of speed, for these boys have all registered some great times at the stadium.
At the. Speedway Royal, m Dunedin, the hearts of the dour Scots will be tickled on December 27, when George Greenwood, Hilary Buchanan and Lyn Hale will make a line team combination, and will be out to show the locals a trick or two m broadsiding round the corners. Later comes the first Test there between England and New Zealand. Norman Edwards At Western Springs, Auckland, too, English importations will be Competing amongst a wealth of talent on Boxing Night, so devotees of this track will be as-
sured of good sport during the holidays. The first series of Tests will be at Dunedin on February 14, at Wellington on February 28., and at Auckland on March 7. The visitors are a very unassuming lot, but when they get astride a motor-cycle there is no question about the way they, make the cinders fly, as a brief survey of their records show. , Jim • Kempster and Roger Frogley were the foremost of England's riders when "dirt track" racing' was first introduced to that country by a team of Australians, among whom, were H. Buchanan (now m New Zealand), Huxley (reputed to be the world's best rider, with Burton not far behind him), Lamont, Frank Arthur, Frank Pearce (well known to New Zealand fans), Charlie Spinks (who made himself a big favorite m New Zealand last season) and Jack Bishop (who is now competing, on the New Zealand' Speedways). : It was m contests with this great Australian combination that Jim Kempster gained the distinction of being the first English rider to win an international trophy. Kempster has captained Wimbledon since 1928, and he also captained England m two of the Tests this year with the Australians. Burton, Frogley Tim Wilkinson and Kempster all represented England m four of the five Test with the Australians. England won the rubber by taking the honors m three tests, and the three riders mentioned all played a conspicuous part m that success. Some of these English representatives have been making great money on the "dirt tracks" m England where enormous crowds flock to see them m action. Kempster, during a period of twelve weeks, averaged nearly £230 per week. Frank Bond is a Southampton star. He captained his team until the famous American rider, "Sprouts" Elder, came on the scene. Southampton ran second to Wembley 4n the league championship m England, and Bond, who start-
Ed on the "dirt track" at the beginning of 1929, played his part well m assisting Southampton to gain such a high place on the championship ladder. Southampton's success was all the more creditable m view of the fact that their team included only two imported riders, whereas the "Wembley team had the services of a number of great riders from, various parts. Roger Frogley has captained Crystal Palace since 1928. His many notable successes include the "Star" trophy of 1929. Many sensational incidents m the course of his career included an extraordinary run of "events" m one day. ' During an afternoon speedway meeting he crashed, but recovered m time to rush off to act as best man at his brother's > wedding. Soon after this ceremony he was "m the air," but had not been there long before he was down .to earth again — crash No. 2 m the one day. That night, on his homeward journey, the motor-car m which he was travejling, hit a post, Frogley thus completing an unusual "hat trick." Just before leaving for New Zealand Roger Frogley and Jim. Kempster were 1 married. Both travelled by aeroplane to the place at which they were married. Their wives are accompanying them on the tour. "Squib" Burton is also accompanied by his wife. Norman Evans and George Greenwood have been very popular with the thousands of fans who • attend the Wembley Stadium, and they have contributed m good measure to the many thrills provided nightly on that famous track. Both have ridden for the "Lions" and the "Cubs" m inter-track contests, and both have had successes m championship, Evans capping a series of fine performances this season by winning a championship at Wembley. "Squib" Burton, needless to say, has some championships m his bag. His run of success has been extraordinary. In New Zealand, however, the
visitors will by no means have things all their own way, as the local talent is improving every meeting, and one or two men may already fairly claim to be m the first flight. Alf. Mattson, the N.Z. champion, is showing better form than ever at Auckland this season, and Kilmister is fast coming back to his old dash on the Wellington track. Harry Msmgham is a. spectacular rider m Dunedij*, and is a hard man to head on any track. In addition there is a galaxy of stars from Australia competing here, ami these men are good enough to make the Englishmen go their hardest. Auckland has Bishop and Anderson (Queensland) and the former is one of the fastest and cleverest riders seen here. Anderson has had stiff luck with his machine so far, but now this is overr come some fireworks may be expected from him, as he is reputedly a faster man than even Bishop. . Bishop and Anderson will also have a go at the visitors at; Palmerston North. , Wellington has Hale, Buchanan and Stevens, all top-notch riders. The latter is a particularly classy performer, with Australian track AW. Mattson records to his credit. Dunedin has "Daredevil" Durkin, and Hamburger. Durkin is only now getting a proper hold of the New Zealand tracks, and he is fast coming into the form which made for him such a distinctive nickname. v t New Zealand should also have a strong hand m the Test. On present form Mattson and Kilmister are certainties, with Bray (Auckland) ,, Wilkinson and Tonka (Wellington), and Mangham and one, or two. other Dunedin riders well m the running. There is sure, to be keen, competition for places m the team, and this m itself will ginger up the riding locally. Altogether a very prime season seema to be m store for the speedway fans.
FOR THRILLS IN BROADSIDING, NZ Truth, Issue 1306, 22 December 1930
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