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.