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Philip Dalling
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6 Jan 2011

The post-war era was British speedway’s golden age. Ten million spectators passed through the turnstiles of a record number of tracks at the sport’s peak. With league gates as high as 80,000, speedway offered a colourful means of escape from the grim austerity of the times.

A determinedly clean image, with no betting and rival fans mingling on the terraces, made speedway the family night out of choice. The sport thrived despite punitive taxation and Government threats to close down the speedways as a threat to industrial productivity.

A three-division National League stretched from Exeter to Edinburgh and the World Championship Final attracted a capacity audience to Wembley. Test matches against Australia provided yet another international dimension.

Even at the height of its popularity, speedway was a sporting edifice built on unstable foundations, which crumbled alarmingly as the 1950s dawned and Britain’s economic and social recovery brought competing attractions like television.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 1st Edition edition (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752458310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752458311
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,405 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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About the Author

Philip Dalling has been a journalist all his working life and has covered speedway racing for a variety of publications for all of that time, interviewing many of the most significant figures in the sport. He has contributed to Speedway Star, Classic Speedway, and Backtrack and is an associate member of the World Speedway Riders Association, which gives him considerable access to many of the sport's best-known figures. He is the author of Long Eaton, Nottingham Speedway.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 28 Mar 2011
I don't know anything about 1940s/50s speedway (or at least I didn't) aside from some of the key names of racers like Ove Fundin, Reg Fearman, Peter Craven and Johnnie Reason to name but a few. This book is fascinating because it is retrospective analysis coupled with recollections of the riders and officials of the time. It's full of fantastic images from the time that really evoke the grit, dirt and spirit of the sport in its golden age. And yet it is not all happy endings, there is an underlying sense of a sport at its peak, but facing a downward turn in fortunes which Dalling captures sympathetically but honestly. It was a really exciting time for the sport with some really amazing riders and it's all revealed here with an evocative and engrossing narrative and illustrations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the speedway library 11 April 2011
By Mark R
This is an excellent addition to the speedway library. A good chronological account of speedway's post -war boom and relative decline. There are many pictures which must have taken an age to accumulate and many of which can hardly have been seen for many years, if ever before. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, even though (or because?) I was much too young to have been there at the time. It was a hugely entertaining account of speedway in a very different social and economic era. My only (not very serious!) complaint? I wish it had been at least twice the size! I hope that Philip Dalling will consider writing more histories of speedway, to bring the story up to date. Some would say that the 1980's were another golden age. Thanks, Philip.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 18 July 2011
I have read many Speedway books in my time, having followed the sport since 1949. I found this one the most factual and pleasant read of all of them, with excellent photographs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read for speedway fans 14 April 2011
This speedway history covers the period in Britain from post-war (1946) to the 1957 season.

Unlike some sports books (with respect) this is extremely well written and gives a real insight into the way the sport developed in the times covered.

Dealing with the boom years after WW2 (the book examines the reasons for this massive upsurge in support), to the more fallow years that followed,the author not only describes the events of the day, but includes interviews with contemporary individuals. The book is also well illustrated with many photographs from the period.

I expect it intrigued me because I started watching speedway towards the end of the time covered in the book, but I genuinely believe that it will interest anyone who follows the sport today. It is amazing how many of the things that haunt speedway today were present then, all those years ago.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written 29 Mar 2011
By Mapp
This is a really good examination of UK Speedway in the 1940s and '50s. Philip Dalling has drawn together memories of the time from a host of national and international speedway legends and his story, which is exceptionally well written and researched, gives a well-rounded overview of the sport, the riders and the atmosphere of post-war speedway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars speedwayfan 6 May 2011
I bought this book as a present for an old speedway fan. He thought it was fabulous, so a good buy indeed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia at it's best 10 Jun 2014
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For anyone who tries to remember the Golden Days of speedway this is the book to revive those happy days. It is full of photographs which bring back memories of the stars of the track. A must have book for anyone trying to re-live those star studded days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My dad is mentioned in this book! 17 Oct 2013
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My dad rode for Coventry Bees, Belle Vue Aces and the Sheffield Tigers in the late 1940's and early 50's so this book for me was a family journey which was great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY MEMORIES.
Published 12 months ago by MICHAEL SPACEY
4.0 out of 5 stars another good book.
Like the above, a very good book.

But, I'm not quite sure which book ( with the above, which book was sent.)
Published 12 months ago by frances gray
4.0 out of 5 stars A Golden Account of a Golden Era.
Wonderful account of the halcyon days and beyond of British speedway. A must read for fans from the era and indeed for the modern fan as it provides an atmospheric review of a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert G. Newton
4.0 out of 5 stars Speedway at its best during 1950's
I thought it would be a bit more comprehensive than what it is, but I am still quite happy with it and enjoyed reading it.
Published 17 months ago by David W Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great
I brought this as a small present for my dad who used to ride speedway in the years that this book is written about. A trip down memory lane if you like. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tracy Shilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Speedway book
The book arrived quickly. It was a present for a friend,who has told me he has been delighted with it as it took him back to his youth.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs P Wren
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read
A really great in-depth read. Leads you through the phases that the sport went through just after the war very well, and gives a very good view from the riders viewpoint too. Read more
Published 21 months ago by D. N. Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars speedway super sport
another fine publication on speedway, an era where 30,000 attended wimbledon.

i went at 13 to see the DONS when they were the best team in the world. 1956. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by grandad
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