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Spills, collisions, crashes - Yarmouth Speedway through the years

PUBLISHED: 13:47 03 November 2019 | UPDATED: 13:48 03 November 2019

YARMOUTH SPEEDWAY

MILLS AND BRAND

DATED 1950

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YARMOUTH SPEEDWAY MILLS AND BRAND DATED 1950 PLATE P2913

Every Tuesday evening from spring until early autumn there was only one place to be in Great Yarmouth - the stadium on Caister Road.

YARMOUTH SPEEDWAY

YARMOUTH V YANKS  HEAT 13

DATED 14 JUNE 1951

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It was the night the speedway riders revved, skidded and roared around the track, thrilling the crowd of thousands on the terrace.

Yarmouth Speedway began on an April night in 1948 - a meet for the East Coast Trophy - and the event proved to be an instant success, soon attracting spectators of all ages and both sexes, with attendances sometimes soaring above 10,000.

They went there to watch the Yarmouth Bloaters - Hipperson, Rawlinson, Billy 'Skid Kid' Bales...

The riders' jackets were red with a black cross, bearing an image of a silver bloater, as though they were knights galloping to battle in the Middle Ages.

YARMOUTH SPEEDWAY

TEAM GROUP

DATED 1950

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The Yarmouth Bloaters - it was possibly one of the oddest nicknames in speedway, and one the team shared with the town's football club, but it was the name the fans wanted, and the name the fans got.

Part of speedway's appeal was the danger, the risk of riding at full throttle around tight bends.

There were injuries, and in the first season at the track one fatality, the Australian Max Pearce, shocked the town.

Yarmouth Speedway entertained the town from 1948 to 1953 and managed a revival in 1957 but closed again in 1961.

YARMOUTH SPEEDWAY

RODWELL AND HIGGS

DATED 1950

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The stadium now hosts greyhound and stock car racing, the speedway track covered over with tarmac.

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YARMOUTH SPEEDWAY
 
BILL MADDERN PICTURED ON BIKE

DATED 1950

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YAARMOUTH SPEEDWAY; BILLY BALES (ON BIKE) AND MILLS; DATED 1950; PLATE P2858YAARMOUTH SPEEDWAY; BILLY BALES (ON BIKE) AND MILLS; DATED 1950; PLATE P2858

YARMOUTH SPEEDWAY

BOB BAKER AND CYRIL QUICK

DATED 1951

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