"The National Speedway Museum is GO!!! Our National Speedway Museum is up and running and looking good and, although the building is quite small, there is so much to see and admire that it will be a place to visit time and time again. George Barclay & partner Linda and the team have done a great job on everyone's behalf and it is great to see all the hard work rewarded.
On 20th April, there was a Preview Dinner with an exclusive tour of the National Speedway Museum and the Wildlife Park and, with the Museum being situated within former rider, Pete Sampson's magnificent Paradise Wildlife Park at Broxbourne, not far from Rye House and Speedway's origins at High Beech, there are lots to keep the average Speedway fan from Eight to Eighty interested. From bikes and leathers (and kevlars), to programmes, photos, posters and trophies, telling the history of Speedway Racing from pre-
As you enter the museum, the journey begins with a small Cycle Speedway display of bikes & photos and a Roll of Honour of ex-
There are flags and body colours from around the world, plus pre-
Former World Champion, Michael Lee made a surprise presentation at the Preview Dinner by donating his favourite trophy, the Golden Helmet which he won at the Harsewinkel Longtrack in Germany, defeating the home Golden Boy, Egon Muller on the finishing line. "I never thought I would let anyone else have this trophy", said Michael, " but I have seen what a good job has been made with this museum and would like to add this to the trophy collection.".
At the dinner, "The Red Devil", Mike Broadbank, donated his trade-
The dinner raised more much-
It's best I don't tell you too much more about the Museum, you just have to go to see it for yourself and enjoy the history of Speedway. Whilst you are there, take a tour around the Wildlife Park, it is a great day out with plenty for adults and children alike. Glasgow and Sheffield fans could even join the "Adopt an Animal" scheme and have their very own Tiger with their name on the Tiger enclosure, the Oxford Conference League team could adopt a Lion and Weymouth could adopt almost anything they like as there are PLENTY of Widcats at Paradise Wildlife Park!. Unfortunately, no-
There are plans for Speedway Supporters Clubs to be able to pre-
So, thanks to all the fans and tracks who have donated to the cause, (shame on the three tracks who didn't), thanks to Peter Sampson and his staff and thanks to George & Linda Barclay, Terry Stone and all who made this museum possible. There will always be ongoing running costs for the Museum, so if any WSRA members can donate even £5.00 from time to time, then that would be a big help. Just contact George or Linda on 020-
Two and a half years from the original idea to the completion and, thanks to Mick & Glen the builders, it was constructed within the original estimate,...as Linda Barclay said, "I'll bet the new Wembley and The Dome wish they could say the same!"