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Speedway Books and Games Last Updated: Jul 17th, 2014 - 17:56:14

Speedway Books: 26 Shades of Shale by Jeff Scott
By Nick
Aug 22, 2012, 20:02

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Dominating the broad heights of Speedway, demanding respect, sometimes with painful tenderness but always with a style that engages to completion, author Jeff Scott once again submits another volume of his writing to the fans and followers of Speedway.

26 Shades of Shale takes the reader on another whirlwind tour of the British Speedway scene during yet another tremendously exciting season.

With his eye for detail and social commentary, Scott documents this punishing competitive sport with its unique sub-culture of fans, riders, and management, all mutually fascinated with each other’s triumphs and disasters, pleasure and pain, bound together by the incomparable action on the track.

Arguably the most persistent Speedway author in a generation, Scott delivers yet another stunning performance with 26 Shades of Shale, continuing to document the evolution of British Speedway as it revolves in its own epicycle within the greater gyre of modern UK life.

Any sports enthusiast who longs for for competitive excitement and glory that will not fade can slake their yearning appetites with 26 Shades of Shale.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 Mildenhall v King’s Lynn

“If people want to say nice things that’s good – but you shouldn’t going looking for it”

Chapter 2 Ipswich v Plymouth

“In fairness he was lucky to get that – I’d have given him minus one!”

Chapter 3 Rye House v Somerset

“They’ve not got their ginger-haired Australian”

Chapter 4 Leicester v Berwick

“It’s like a Redcar setup but better!”

Chapter 5 King’s Lynn v Coventry

“Looks a little grip. I must make good track. Good race!”

Chapter 6 Somerset v Leicester

“I thought they’d travel today but there’s none here!”

Chapter 7 Edinburgh v Sheffield

“He’ll come out of the gate like a salmon and then he’ll come out of the bend like a whale”

Chapter 8 Berwick v Ipswich

“There used to be one bloke in a Ford Cortina with a bike on the back and he did everything! Now they have two bikes and a mechanic, at least!”

Chapter 9 Glasgow v Ipswich

“In those days, we didn’t talk to the riders”

Chapter 10 Birmingham

“‘Make Me A Fan’ scheme. It’s called promoting!”

Chapter 11 Newport v Dudley

“If speedway was raced over one lap, James White-Williams would win all the races!”

Chapter 12 Cardiff: SGP

“We tried to get away from the Wulfsport look, so we designed our own!”

Chapter 13 Wolverhampton v Coventry

“They’re a nice couple – those Ludvigs!”

Chapter 14 Poole: U21s

“We all know the riders will turn up and ride for the goblin’s gold”

Chapter 15 Dudley: Golden Hammer

“Imagine if he was to come back wearing the Hammer and Heathen on his chest?”

Chapter 16 Redcar v Workington

“He’d fall off so he could be first in the bar”

Chapter 17 Scunthorpe v Glasgow

“When the dirt builds up on that bend two and the riders go out wide, they can almost disappear in it up to their handlebars!”

Chapter 18 Workington v Glasgow

“I’d take two broken legs over this!”

Chapter 19 Glasgow v Edinburgh

“He may be a smidgen over 17 but he rides like he’s 35!”

Chapter 20 Belle Vue v Coventry

“He replaces the other Pole who rode in Poland when he was injured!”

Chapter 21 Lakeside v Swindon

“Is that your sixth times World Champion ring?”

Chapter 22 Swindon v Peterborough

“Tyres take ten minutes to fit and silencers two minutes!”

Chapter 23 Sittingbourne: U15s

“I set off and something went whoosh and I thought, what’s that?”

Chapter 24 Newcastle v Glasgow

“We need more ideas and more young people. What speedway also needs is more fights!”

Chapter 25 Isle of Wight v Scunthorpe/Sheffield

“I watch from the balcony but I can’t watch the first corner”

Chapter 26 Sheffield v Workington

“He’s been doing that all season – turning left!”

Highlights include: Time Out & Ivan Mauger visit Lakeside; Channel 4 start pre-research for their pilot speedway based television drama series at Rye House; on the road to the Isle of Wight with the 3 Amigos; U15s; World U21s; early season visit to Leicester; bricks & the new National Stadium; KO Cup magic; all your favourite speedway presenters plus tons more fans, riders & officials as well as opinion on speedway past, present and future

26 Shades of Shale
184 pages
26 b&w photos

Available at all good trackshops, purchase online at or send a cheque for £24.50 (incl. P&P) made payable to "Jeff Scott" to Methanol Press, 2 Tidy Street, Brighton BN1 4EL

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