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During the first four decades of the 20th century, motorcycle racing evolved from niche interest to mass phenomenon.

1907 saw the first Isle of Man TT and the world’s first 24-hour endurance race at Brooklands. The world’s oldest trials competition, the Scottish Six Days, dates from 1909. But it was the years following World War One that things really took off, and the introduction of speedway in the late 1920s saw motorcycling become a national obsession.

This was helped by the other new sport that had reached mass popularity, greyhound racing. It was simple enough to repurpose a greyhound track for speedway, and up and down the country this is exactly what happened. Teams formed in towns and cities across the country, with stadiums capable of holding audiences of thousands being built for them to cheer their teams on to glory. Join us as Bikesure takes a trip down memory lane to the golden age of British Speedway.

Do you have memories of these dramatic former speedway theatres? Did you attend meetings there, or even ride in the races? Share your stories in the comments below.

  • Paul Brown

    White City?

  • richard warry

    instead of publishing the lost stadiums how about putting your power behind saving oxford and wembly stadium oxford was a going concern but brought up for housing but has been left empty for years but now there is a big push from fans to get it reopened please support us hav a look

  • Name (required)COLIN REAY

    Sunderland Speedway track is no longer

  • Neville Furness

    Sunderland stadium still alive running greyhounds. Track is in Boldon area north of Sunderland

  • Bob Nobes

    Used to do a London double, West Ham on Tuesday and Hackney on Friday. Bent Jannson and Colin Pratt were the main men and Gary Middleton was the bad boy. Both teams sadly missed.

  • Ian Hall

    We were promised another stadium at EXETER still waiting although the Rugby club was built straight away

  • Pedro


  • Peter Horsfield

    Belle View Aces. The track always cut up and at the first corner, after the shale was kicked up, then came the half bricks!