Speedway first saw the light of day in Great Britain on February 19th, 1928 at High Beech. Since then, speedway has spread throughout the country, but the South-East remains the heart of the sport. This book relates the history of the region's many famous tracks, recounting classic races and famous riders.
Norman Jacobs is one of Britain's most prolific local history and sports writers with 25 published books to his name.
Born in Hackney, London, in 1947. He went to school in the East End before leaving the capital for Teacher Training College in Norwich. On leaving college in 1967 he went to work at the British Museum where he stayed until early retirement in 2004. His latest book is an affectionate look at what went on behind the scenes at the Museum during his 37 years there describing some of the larger than life characters and the important events that took place.
As well as writing books, Norman has had many articles published in a wide variety of journals and magazines. These include Apollo, Local History Magazine, Essex Journal, Picture Postcard Monthly, Speedway Star, Vintage Speedway Magazine and Cockney Ancestor. Between 1990 and 2005 he was editor of Clacton Chronicle, described as the ''best local history journal in the country'' by Local History Magazine.
He is also a well-known speaker on a variety of subjects including local history and Victorian and Edwardian Music Hall. He is currently secretary of the Essex Archaeological and Historical Congress, chairman of the Clacton and District Local History Society and chairman of the West Cliff Theatre (Tendring) Trust.
Norman is married with two children, two grandchildren and two cats and lives in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, where he is a member of the Nomads Leopards table tennis team.