Ice Speedway -- and teams from the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland competed for honours at the first-ever world team championships.
GV contestants from different countries with national flags
CU back wheel of motorbike TILT UP TO stadium
GV PAN motorcyclist enters arena (THREE SHOTS)
GV & SV start of race PAN TO cyclists taking bend with Soviets leading (FOUR SHOTS)
GV Soviets take bend and take chequered flag
GV scoreboard showing Soviet winners
GV crowd watch as Soviet team is presented with trophies with Czech and East German team gathered round winners (TWO SHOTS)
SPORT: ICE SPEEDWAY
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Background: Ice Speedway -- and teams from the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland competed for honours at the first-ever world team championships. The two-day event (27 - 28 January) was held at Kalinin, 180 kilometres (110 miles) from Moscow.
SYNOPSIS: The thermometer stayed below zero, but that didn't affect the excitement of the sixty-thousand strong crowd. Some of the world's top ice speedway riders took part in the heats. Best known was the many-times Soviet world champion Sergei Tarabanko.
From the start the Soviet team of Tarabanko, Anatoli Gladyshev, and Anatoli Bondarenko went into the lead and started piling up the points.
The riders used specially-designed five hundred cc Czech Jawa machines, with studded tyres to help the bikes grip in the ice. The Czechoslovakians, East Germans and Soviets fought for the lead with Tarabanko winning his race in the best time for the competition.
After two days of high-speed thrills, the Soviets emerged as winners of the championship, with Czechoslovakia second and the East German team in third place.