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“There is more than a hint of the great, sly realist Martin Parr in Scott’s photographs” Andrew Baker, Daily Telegraph
Strictly Shale: Circling British Speedway is another photographic orbit round the British speedway universe. Jeff Scott’s momentum continues to impel him round the highways and byways of Britain’s number one summer spectator sport in search of its community and culture while continuing his (ongoing) pilgrimage to the high holy places of speedway. Strictly Shale revels in the quirky complex social and cultural milieu that powers this quintessential British working class sport.
In stadium venues that range from the glisteningly modern to the cherished but careworn, Scott’s photographs capture diverse aficionados gathered to savour the ear-caressing, nostril-bewitching and methanol-fumed spectacle. Whether in the car park, pit lane or on the terraces, Scott’s sympathetic eye poignantly captures the sensory overload of these tracks’ edgelands in all their glory.
This evocative and affectionate collection of photographs of speedway’s vibrant, authentic but defiantly anachronistic culture captures the race day excitement and community spirit to cement the place and significance of the sport in the wider context of twenty-first century British life.
Strictly Shale is a love letter to speedway but also to an old-school increasingly overlooked, undervalued but nevertheless relevant make-do-and-mend British attitude to getting on and enjoying life.
Locations covered include Belle Vue, Berwick, Birmingham, Buxton, Cardiff, Coventry, Eastbourne, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ipswich, Isle of Wight, King’s Lynn, Lakeside, Leicester, Mildenhall, Newcastle, Newport, Northside, Oxford, Peterborough, Poole, Plymouth, Reading, Redcar, Rye House, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Sittingbourne, Somerset, Swindon, Weymouth, Wolverhampton, Workington.
About the book
Strictly Shale: Circling British Speedway
Jeff Scott & Rachael Adams
172 colour photographs
From Methanol Press
Available now (& also at the Cardiff Grand Prix Speedway Fayre on July 12th or at all good trackshops). To purchase online visit www.methanolpress.com or send a cheque for £18.00 (incl. P&P) made payable to "Jeff Scott" to Methanol Press, 2 Tidy Street, Brighton BN1 4EL
Jeff Scott has written many speedway books, some of them half-decent. Formerly Writer-in-Residence for the Eastbourne Eagles & also the Reading Racers, his book Concrete for Breakfast was nominated for the 2009 British Sports Book of the Year (biography section) but crashed out of the race before reaching the chequered flag.
Acclaimed fine artist and designer, Rachael Adams lives in Brighton. Strictly Shale is the second speedway photographic collaborative project she has designed and edited.
The photographs in Strictly Shale: Circling British Speedway cover the 2007 to 2013 British speedway seasons.
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