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Classic Speedway Venues: Past & Present [Hardcover]

Philip Dalling
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Halsgrove (14 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0857042122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857042125
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 21.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Dalling is a journalist and author with a particular interest in speedway racing. He has covered the sport for some 40 years and in that time has met and interviewed many of its leading personalities. He is an associate member of the World Speedway Riders Association.

Born in Derby, he grew up in the Erewash Valley and his first job was with his hometown newspaper, The Long Eaton Advertiser, now sadly defunct. He first covered speedway racing at the Station Road home of the Long Eaton Archers, in the 1960s.

In 1980 he published his first book, Erewash Valley Portrait, which looked at the changing face of the landscape which forms the background to many of the finest novels of D H Lawrence, notably Sons and Lovers and The Rainbow.

Following a career in newspapers and in media relations with the former British Steel Corporation, the Central Office of Information and The University of Nottingham, where he was Director of Public Affairs for 22 years, he now lives on Exmoor, close to the Devon/Somerset border.

He is pictured in The Valley of Rocks, Near Lynton.

He works as a freelance journalist and is the Exmoor correspondent for Devon Life magazine.

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Attending a sporting fixture, for regular supporters and occasional visitors alike , represents a real sense of occasion. Many fans, whatever their sport, have time-hallowed pre-match rituals, favourite areas of a stadium, and a liking for sharing the experience with other individuals, with whom they may have stood (or increasingly, sat) for many years. The shelves in bookshops devoted to sport boast an increasing number of volumes which concentrate on the venues rather than the players or the matches. Books spotlighting football stadia, cricket grounds, racecourses and other arenas, photographed either from ground level or the air, abound. Speedway today - and over the 80-plus years since it was introduced to Great Britain - offers a quite exceptionally varied range of stadia - a variety enhanced by the fact that a majority of its venues were originally designed for other sports. Philip Dalling has visited speedway venues in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. He has also taken every opportunity to become acquainted, through photographs and film, with the delights and the idiosyncrasies of those arenas which, sadly, disappeared before he had a chance to explore them. This is a highly personal and richly illustrated exploration of more than 50 highly individual homes of speedway, including all of the UK's current tracks and a selection of iconic venues from the past.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stevie B 31 Mar 2014
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I bought this book as a gift and he was very pleased! A good quality book, So I guess to any speedway fans out there then this is a must!!
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