Humans of Speedway

Humans of Speedway

Humans of Speedway gives you the chance to get to know the stars and unsung heroes of one of the most exhilarating sports in the world. In this series hosted by lifelong fan Ian Brannan, we speak to World Champions of the sport, referees, track staff, promoters, commentators, writers, mechanics, match day hosts and more! Each have their own story of their love affair with the sport, and each play their own role, large or small, in making speedway one fo the most action packed, adrenaline fulled yet also friendliest sports there is. So please hit subscribe and get ready for Humans Of Speedway..! Find us on the Sport Social website: https://podcast.sport-social.co.uk/podcast/humansofspeedway/

Episodes

November 16, 2022 32 min

Peter Collins MBE is without doubt one of the most successful British riders of all time, and a Belle Vue Aces legend. He's finally put together his autobiography called Keeping It On The Tyres, and recently at his book launch at Longsight Sports on Social Club on Kirkmanshulme Lane, I managed to get some time with him beside his world title winning bike..!

His book is over 500 pages and documents everything you could ever want...

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Stuart Robson hails from a real speedway family, his dad being a rider in the 70s and his brother also taking up the sport, it is perhaps little surprise that Stuart followed in their footsteps.

Growing up in Sunderland, his first experience of racing was via the grass track scene, but later moving into speedway with Newcastle Diamonds, and then later the Coventry Bees. Indeed Stuart spent multiple seasons and eras at those 2 clubs ...

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March 8, 2022 62 min

Katie Gordon is a rising star in British Speedway, and aiming to be the first finale rider to race in one of the top 3 leagues in British Speedway.

Currently racing for Redcar Cubs at youth level, she's already beating many of the boys, and is proving that speedway is not all about strength, but also skill and mental attitude.

Speedway is a male dominated sport, and she reveals some of the obstacles and stereotypes she's had ...

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March 2, 2022 93 min

Neil Vatcher has spent his entire life involved in speedway, as a mechanic, team manager, and now overseeing the development of the next generation of stars.

Some of the names who have come through the GB Youth system include Robert Lambert, Tom Brennan, Dan Bewley, Jordan Palin and Adam Ellis to name just a few, all overseen by Neil.

We’ll find out some of the levels of dedication required to make it to the top, the importance of fa...

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February 16, 2022 62 min

Josh Auty raises the curtain on the British Speedway season in 2022 with his testimonial meeting on March the 19th at Scunthorpe.

In his career he has raced for some of British Speedway's best knows teams including Coventry Bees, Sheffield Tigers, Leicester Lions, and Birmingham Brummies, whom he returns to this year.

He's best known for racing with Scunthorpe Scorpions who he spend 9 seasons with, and before that learned his...

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February 10, 2022 81 min

In this episode we speak with one of the longest serving referees in British Speedway, and Chairman of the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund, Paul Ackroyd.

Paul began as a fan, but eventually found his way into the referee's box, where he enjoyed a career spanning 28 years, and in the time from the early 80's to the noughties he's ruled over pretty much every name you can think of in that era. He's also taken charge of...

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February 2, 2022 38 min
Lewis Kerr has entertained speedway fans all over the country, racing for numerous teams during his career, but 1 side has remained a constant, his local team Kings Lynn Stars.

2022 marks his testimonial year with the club, and his big day will be one of the first meetings of the new season, on the 20th of March.

In this episode Lewi will tell us more about what we can expect from the event which will be a 4 team tournament, the lin...
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Tom Brennan is the 2021 British Under 21 Champion, and a WORLD CHAMPION as part of the GB team which claimed gold in the 2021 Speedway of Nations in Manchester, ending a 32 year wait for a British team world title.

He also races in the Premiership for the Belle Vue Aces, and in the Championship for Glasgow Tigers, and he reveals some of the reasons why he's chosen to be a part of those clubs. We also hear more about the work beh...

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January 19, 2022 67 min
In this episode we speak to another rising star of British Speedway, Jordan Jenkins. Last year he became a National League Champion with Mildenhall, and in 2022 he'll look to retain that title as he captains Oxford Chargers. He's also racing in the Championship once again with Redcar Bears, and will be heading to Poland to race in the U24 Ekstraliga with Czestochowa.

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January 12, 2022 63 min
In this episode we chat to rising star Jordan Palin, who despite being only 17 years old and originally not even knowing what speedway was, has found a natural talent on a speedway bike which has seen him already become a British Junior champion and a Premiership Champion with Peterborough.

But for Jordan this is just the start, and his sights are firmly fixed right at the very top of world speedway. It’s the first time we’ve had a ...
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December 28, 2021 79 min
In this episode we look back on the Humans of Speedway class of 2021, and bring you 5 mins or so of each guest from this year, including:
Jeremy Doncaster
Graham Cooke
Chris Morton
Dennis McCleary
Paco Castagna
Nicolai Klindt
Mitchell Davey
Paul Ackroyd
Aidan Collins
Chris Louis
David Howe
Ian Stavros Slater
Mike Taylor
Phil Lanning
Adam Ellis

Plus details of the first guest of 2022!

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Adam Ellis realised a dream in 2021 becoming the British Speedway Champion, and adding his name to a trophy adorned with the greats of the sport. But whilst he hails from a British family he grew up in France and developed his skills on the French grasstrack circuit.

He has risen through the British youth system though, going from the British Youth Championships, to the National League, Championship League, and already being a doub...
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December 7, 2021 99 min
Phil Lanning is a multi award winning journalist and sports publicist, during his career he has written for The Sun newspaper for over 25 years, as well as writing leading articles for the Speedway Star, and working directly alongside names such as Tai Woffinden, Jason Crump and Gary Havelock in managing their PR and publicity coverage.

He’s also the youngest son of legendary commentator Dave Lanning, the voice the vast majority of ...
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November 26, 2021 77 min
Mike Taylor is the man behind the mic on commentaries and coverage provided by BBC WM. He's a speedway fan at heart too having followed the sport as a young Brummies fan watching Hans Nielsen racing around the old Perry Barr in the early 80's..!

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November 4, 2021 75 min
Ian Slater in speedway circles is simply known as Stavros! He's worked as a spannerman to many well known names in British speedway including Bobby Ott, Niklas Klingberg, Ricky Ashworth, Kyle Howarth and Leon Flint. But he's particularly known for working alongside Carl Stonehewer, being his best mate and mechanic through his time at Workington, and getting a place in the Speedway GP series despite only riding in the second...
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October 21, 2021 88 min
David Howe has ridden for many of British Speedway's best knows clubs, along some some of the best known names of the era.
He's a former British Under 21 champion, Elite League Winner, and has appeared in world speedway's showpiece event the Speedway GP in Cardiff, including in 2007, the last time a Brit won the fixture.
Since finishing his racing career he know works as a speedway mechanic and currently works with Wolve...
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October 14, 2021 61 min
My guest in this episode is Chris Louis. As the son of one of the best known riders of the 1970s, former British Champion and World number 3 John Tiger Louis, the sport was always going to be in his blood.

And Chris very much followed in his dad’s footsteps by himself becoming British Champion and reaching number 3 in the world.

He was also captain of what many believe to be British Speedway best ever team, Ipswich side of 1998. A te...
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June 16, 2021 59 min
Aidan Collins was born into speedway, it's hard not to be when you're the son of British Speedway legend Les Collins. Following a speedway a flat track career of his own, Aidan now gives fans a motorcycle enthusiasts the chance to ride speedway. Joining him at the Buxton Circuit are his dad Les, the former world number 2, and another ex rider Adam Allott, who also has strong family connections to the sport. Also on hand on...
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In this episode we look at the work of the world's only charity dedicated to helping injured speedway riders. The Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund.

If you'd like to donate, TEXT SRBF to 70085 to give £5.

WE’RE ALL EXCITED TO SEE BRITISH SPEEDWAY GETTING BACK UNDERWAY AGAIN, THE SPEED AND THE DANGER ARE SOME OF THE ASPECTS THAT MAKE THE SPORT SO THRILLIING TO WATCH. 500CC BIKES WITH NO BREAKS HURTLING AT 70MPH INTO A CORNER IS...
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April 16, 2021 60 min
Danish international speedway rider Nicolai Klindt links up with us from his base in Poland to talk about the early days of his career through to the present day. We'll hear how riding alongside triple world champ Jason Crump, and riding in Poland against the worlds best transformed his ability.
He's also ridden for a number of British clubs, but find out why he almost retired from the sport in 2013.
And he shares his aims f...
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