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May they never be forgotten. Previous Thread; Next Thread ; Please make a selection first; new « Prev; 1; Next » speedway_history Administrator. ROBERTS, Ernest (Canada).................................................June 22., 1915............Leslieville Motordrome, Toronto, Canada (B-R). The White City Stadium was a stadium located in White City, London, England.Built for the 1908 Summer Olympics, it hosted the finish of the first modern marathon and other sports like swimming, speedway, boxing, show jumping, athletics, stock car racing, concerts and a match at the 1966 World Cup. In cases where the passing occurred at a later date, the date of the original  crash is indicated after the location.

These riders invariably participated in both disciplines, as well as road-racing. The cost of construction was £60,000. Apologies for any omissions or inaccuracies, but if you have any amendments or additions (including additional information for current listings), please do not hesitate to contact me, Steve Brown, at.

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Between 1932 and 1958 the stadium hosted major British boxing events, with attendances peaking as high as 90,000 for the second meeting between Len Harvey and Jack Petersen in 1934. David Fielding (driver) in action. A marshall at a grass-track meeting, Dick was injured  on May Bank Holiday Monday, and passed away several days later. LOEFRING, James (USA)........................................................Sep 8, 1912..............Vailsburg Motordrome, Newark, NJ, USA (B-R). MICHAELS, Mrs William  (USA).........................................Juyl 30, 1913..............Lagoon Motordrome, Ludlow, KY, USA (B-R), PATTERSON, William (USA).................................................Jul 30, 1913..............Lagoon Motordrome, Ludlow, KY, USA (B-R). "Class A racing" is sometimes listed as an unofficial (pre-1930) US National Speedway Championship.

Five-year-old Davis was one of at least seven spectators burned to death after Odin JOHNSON's fatal accident. Odin JOHNSON crashed into a light-pole while Board Racing. For other venues named White City Stadium, see, The First Hundred Years - The story of rugby in Cornwall by Tom Salmon 1983 (published by the Cornwall RFU). BAKKER, Gerrit (Netherlands)..........................................Oct 11, 1925..............Sappemeer, Netherlands (G-T). Foehner was one of six spectators who were killed in the crash that claimed the lives of riders Eddie HASHA and John ALBRIGHT. A spectator Hickman was killed when running on to the track to aid a fallen rider. The infield included a swimming and diving pool. Lowering was one of six spectators who were killed in the crash that claimed the lives of riders Eddie HASHA and John ALBRIGHT. Following the end of speedway at the Wembley Stadium after the 1981 World Final, White City became the home of international speedway in Great Britain until it was closed in 1984. POLUKARD, Mieczyslaw (Bydgoszcz & Poland)..........October 25, 1985.............Bydgoszcz, Poland     Long retired from competitive racing, former World Finalist Mieczyslaw was killed in a training accident at his home track. The one mile world record was broken there by Derek Ibbotson in 1957.

ANDREWS, Henry (USA).................................................Jul 30, 1913..............Lagoon Motordrome, Ludlow, KY, USA (B-R). Besides the AAA championships, major athletics events, including international matches, were held at the stadium. The Rebels' most notable rider was England International Gordon Kennett. The original running track continued in use until 1914. GOLDSMITH, George (Australia).......................................Feb 9, 1929...............Melbourne Motordrome, VIC, Australia (Z-B). Retired from motorcycle racing, Ralph died in qualifying practice for the 1948 Indianapolis 500. . MALEK, Vlastimil (Czech Republic).....................................June 22, 1958.............Podebrady, Czech Republic     Just 14 years of age, spectator Vlastimil was killed when Josef Ruzicka's machine went into the crowd. These riders invariably participated in both disciplines, as well as road-racing. losing his life, seven spectators were killed..Rinat MARDANSHIN died after developing a blood clot during a routine operation to remove a metal plate from an injured collar-bone.

The White City stadium first held open speedway meetings in 1928 before the start of the Southern League, in 1929. The sparks ignited Johnson's fuel tank, which caused a large fire. There were attempts to sell the stadium in 1922, but several athletes in the team for the 1924 Summer Olympics used it for training. A couple of photos of Exeter and Australia's Roy Eather. HOPE, Dick (England)......................................................................1980...............Halfpenny Green, Wolverhampton, W. Midlands, England (G-T). Please consider making a donation to the SRBF via their website : www.srbf.co.uk, LEGENDA-R : Auto Race (Japanese speedway)B-R : Board Racing (a forerunner of speedway in the US)CGH : Czech Golden HelmetF-T : Flat Track RacingG-T : Grass-TrackI-R : Ice RacingL-T : Long-TrackN-C : Natural CausesR-A : Road AccidentR-R : Road RacingZ-B : Zementbahn (similar to Board Racing, but on concrete tracks). VARMUZA, J (Czech Republic)...........................................July 18, 1937..............Olomouc, Czech Republic     Another 14-year old, Varmuza was killed when rider Palousek crashed into spectators. EISSES, Gerrit (Netherlands)...............................................Oct 11, 1925...............Sappemeer, Netherlands (G-T). [12][13] He subsequently collapsed after a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital. Shame on you Manchester City Council. WILLIAM, Charles (USA)......................................................Sep 8, 1912..............Vailsburg Motordrome, Newark, NJ, USA (B-R). In 1933, Wigan Highfield, a rugby league side, nearly became bankrupt.

Just before and after the Second World War attendances were huge, a record 92,000 spectators attended the 1939 Derby final. FOEHNER, Thomas (USA)...................................................Sep 8, 1912..............Vailsburg Motordrome, Newark, NJ, USA (B-R). The match was originally planned to be played at Wembley Stadium, however when Wembley’s owner refused to reschedule a previously planned dog race, the match was moved to White City … while not actually racing "true" speedway, are included as 'board-racing" and "Class A racing" (similar to modern flat-tracking)  were the forerunners of speedway in the US. In 1954 in a match against Russia Christopher Chataway broke the world 5000m record running against Vladimir Kuts. Built for the 1908 Summer Olympics, it hosted the finish of the first modern marathon and other sports like swimming, speedway, boxing, show jumping, athletics, stock car racing, concerts and a match at the 1966 World Cup. Future heavyweight champion Primo Carnera suffered his only defeat on British soil here when he lost to Canadian Larry Gains in May 1932. A crowd of 92,000 attended the 1939 English Greyhound Derby final.[8]. But Look At Me Now! Jacob DEROSIER crashed at the Los Angeles Stadium Motodrome on March 12, 1912, but died at home in Springfield, Massachusetts on  February 25, 1913, from complications resulting from continued surgery. He was killed on his debut, Jacob DEROSIER crashed at the Los Angeles Stadium Motodrome on. It can be found on their 1989 album Peace and Love. "The Kitchen Sink Kink". Following this international speedway moved out of London and north to Odsal Stadium in Bradford. They built new covered terracing and a restaurant. [15], At a David Cassidy show on 26 May 1974, 800 people were injured in a crush at the front of the stage. In addition to Johnson. [3] Upon completion, the stadium had a running track 24 ft wide (7.3 m) and three laps to the mile (536 m); outside there was a 35-foot-wide (11 m), 660-yard (600 m) cycle track. [9] The final Greyhound Derby was held on 23 June 1984. "Class A racing" is sometimes listed as an unofficial (pre-1930) US National Speedway Championship.

From 1976 until 1978, the stadium was home to White City Rebels speedway team. Jim MASTERS suffered a heart attack and passed away after suffering a massive heart attack on returning to the Costa Mesa pits after a race. This article is about the stadium in London. Eisses was one of two thirteen-year old boys (Gerrit BAKKER was the other) killed when  a riderless bike hit a crowd of spectators at a grass-track meeting. From 1927 until its closure it hosted weekly greyhound meetings and was considered the top greyhound track in Britain. A spectator, I have no details of the accident in which Rudolf lost his life. , from complications resulting from continued surgery. [12] Davies swore onstage,[13] and at the show's conclusion, as pretaped music played on the sound system, declared his retirement from the group.

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