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Aldershot Sports Stadium
Boxalls Lane
1929 & 1931
An advert in May 1929 stated ‘The concern of the Aldershot Sports Stadium Limited, which is shortly to open a speedway just outside Aldershot, wishes to secure the services of a racing manager. Applications should be addressed to E. Greenfell, Imperial Hotel, Aldershot’ A crown of just 500 turned up for the opening meeting on 3 July 1929, when Stan Lemon won the Golden Armlet, although numbers did increase at subsequent meetings. The fastest recorded time was 94.8 seconds for four laps of the almost circular track. The Aldershot Sports Stadium could rightly be described as sparse, being almost devoid of any terracing or stands. Just eight meetings were staged in the initial period of activity in 1929, the final one going ahead on 5 August that year when the Golden Armlet was again raced for.

The Aldershot Speedway Motorcycle Club organised a short season of Open events in 1931, when the meetings were run on Sunday afternoons. Bizarrely, the events were held on two separate circuits during the same meeting, one of which was grass-based while the other was on a surface of cinders. The stadium site was later redeveloped as a reservoir surrounded by housing.

(The above is from the book called ‘Homes of British Speedway’ by Robert Bamford and John Jarvis and is reproduced here with the kind permission of John Jarvis)

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