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Quick off the ground at the very start of dirt-track racing in the UK Post Hill under the promotion of Leeds Motor Club Limited staged a meeting, said to be the first in Yorkshire, on Easter Monday 9th April 1928, it is recorded that the rider, A Moore, was the winner of the 500cc Solo Expert event help on this day.

The track was built at the foot of Post Hill where the famous hill climb events were held, perhaps the most interesting feature of this newly constructed circuit being a wooden safety fence erected on the inside of the cinder track. According to a programme of an event in the late season at least seven meetings were held in that first year although there is question as to if they were all dirt-track events as something called ‘short circuit races’ the exact format of which is lost in time.

Open dirt-track (speedway) racing continued at the venue through 1929 and into 1930 where on the last day of August a mixed meeting took place the events including, short circuit racing, hill climbing, relay race, obstacle racing and a match race for dirt-track riders, although this was listed as the eight meeting of this season it does lead one to wonder just how much true dirt-track racing was actually staged at the venue and there is no record of any speedway activity since1930.

Now the general area is managed by The Post Hill Consultative Group in partnership with Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside department to promote and protect this area of greenspace although to the best of my knowledge hill climbing and motorcycle trials still take place on area that was originally a spoil tip of a local quarry.

Post Hill, Pudsey

Photo to the right is a view of the disused track. Images shown courtesy John Somerville.

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