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241 of 244  Tue 25th Apr 2017 1:04am  
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On 24th Apr 2017 8:08am, Midland Red said: Morning! Wave I would suggest that riders generally retire mid-30s, unless forced to earlier through injury There are exceptions of course Nigel Boocock rode in the UK leagues in his 42nd year; Ken McKinlay went on till 45; current world champion Greg Hancock is 46 Tomasz Gollob's last season was 2015 - his accident has occurred at motocross, rather than speedway
I was the Clerk of the Course at a speedway meeting in Broadford, near Melbourne, a few years ago. The referee in the control tower noticed one of the riders was not wearing gloves, and instructed me to have a few words with him, and that he shouldn't be allowed back on the track "improperly dressed for racing". I had never seen this rider before and didn't recognize his name (I remember it was Neville something), so I followed him when he returned to the pits and parked his bike. He was having trouble getting his helmet off, and it turned out that his specs were getting tangled up, and his mechanic - a little woman of advanced age - had to help him. When his face finally emerged from the helmet, I noticed that he, too, was not as young as the average rider. At Club days like this, we often had young hopefuls turning up to try out in the novices races, but his face betrayed a life already well lived! Anyway, I passed on the message from the referee, and Neville apologized, explaining that he'd had trouble getting the bike to fire and had forgotten all about the gloves. That settled, I said that I hadn't seen him racing before, and asked how long he'd been racing speedway. His mechanic - actually his wife - butted in and said "The silly bugger's 71 years old, and never been on a speedway bike in his life - this is his first meeting!" Apparently, Neville had been racing motocross for many years, but it was getting a bit "hairy" due to his worsening eyesight, and he figured that it might be easier if he only had to turn left from time to time! And I thought I'd left it a bit late when I had my first race at the age of thirty nine and a half! Roll eyes Roll eyes Roll eyes
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242 of 244  Thu 11th May 2017 7:53am  
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It has been reported in the last few days that former Bees rider Kenni Larsen has been forced to retire as a result of the head wound he suffered in last year's shooting accident Sad
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243 of 244  Wed 17th May 2017 10:22am  
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Telegraph article "Could Coventry Bees speedway team be saved by this dramatic move?"
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On 24th Apr 2017 1:47am, Dreamtime said: Morning MR, I am not an avid fan of the tracks these days but I do read your 'Bees' posts and it's not always a happy one when reading of a rider's critical event. One can only hope of a happier outcome for Gollob. As a matter of interest at what age do riders normally retire these days? I get the idea they think they can go on for ever!
Going back to this question - I was interested to see former Bees rider Wayne Broadhurst in action at a grasstrack meeting on Sunday, at the age of 50. Thumbs up Wayne rode for Bees in 1987-89, and called time on his speedway career in 2003. Here's my photo of Wayne in action in a 350cc race
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