• Short Summary

    English speedway rider Peter Collins of Belle Vue, Manchester, broke the track record and won the Wills Internationale speedway trophy at Wimbledon, London, on Monday (27 May) night.

  • Description

    English speedway rider Peter Collins of Belle Vue, Manchester, broke the track record and won the Wills Internationale speedway trophy at Wimbledon, London, on Monday (27 May) night.

    Collins' 59.6-second lap record helped him score 14 points to become the first English rider to win the trophy for five years.

    Three runners tied with 12 points for runner-up. So there was a run off to decide the final positions. England's John Louis withdrew. But fellow Englishmen, Ray Wilson of Leicester, beat Denmark's Ole Olsen to second place. Olsen finished third.

    The race organisers were criticised because ten of the 18 world class starts who competed had to hurry back from the World's Best Pairs Race in Rodenbachs (West Germany) the day before.

    Australians, New Zealanders, Danes, Swedes and Norwegian also competed for the trophy.

    The Australians invented speedway in which motorcycle riders ride round a cinder track using their feet as brakes.

    Americans and East European now also compete internationally in the sport. Speedway celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8TN74FU6L7CLK2QKWX60CKGP9
    Media URN:
    VLVA8TN74FU6L7CLK2QKWX60CKGP9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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