SUPPLEMENT 3 - UK local Helmet Trophies
The Laurels at Wimbledon - Blue
Riband at Poole
Staffordshire / Wolves Silver Winged
In a short period of the Provincial League between 1962 and '64 a Silver Helmet Match Race event was initiated for competition between riders from the Staffordshire tracks of Stoke, Cradley Heath and Wolverhampton. Held exclusively at Monmore Green the best-of-3 MRs title was changed from a Staffs. to a Wolves Helmet, (fluctuating possibly because of no more than programme printing errors, -?) and from Helmet to Wings, being perhaps more correctly to have been called the Silver Winged Helmet, - see photo rt, of holder Ivor Brown in 1963. In that second season participation was extended to Mssrs Hunter (Norman) and Mauger, and in the pirate league of '64 the Wolves MRC took the form of a 1-heat race for a Golden Helmet. Successful Helmet holders were Harry Bastable, with the best run of 3 consecutive wins, Tommy Sweetman with a win in each of the 3 seasons operated, and Ivan Mauger with 5 wins across 3 sessions over 2 years.
Teesside stage an annual Silver
Helmet Open meeting at Redcar Raceway, having commenced pre-war at Cleveland
Park as a Golden Helmet competition and resurrected there in 1968 . Though
primarily run at second tier speedway level, in the past decade premier stars
have been invited, 2008 winner Jason Crump becoming the most auspicious holder
of the title.
Teesside Silver Helmet winners spanning the generations:
Brain Havelock (1978) & Ty Proctor
A Scottish Golden Helmet competition, the Heathersfield G.H. trophy was initially created by goldsmith Ian Grant in classic style for an 'Open' Linlithgow competition at Conference Lge. level. Since that track's closure it has been presented at Armadale and Ashfield, including for the "Scottish Riders Championship", "Junior Individual Championship of Glasgow", and latterly along with the George Beaton Memorial Trophy for the "Scottish Junior Championship". (see UK Regional Championships.)
Four further UK speedway
featuring pre-war and
Brandonapolis at Coventry - Olympique
- The Laurels
at Wimbledon - Blue Riband at Poole
The Coventry Brandonapolis was
traditionally held on the Wednesday following the Wembley World Championship and
hence was the first appearance of the new champion and a revenge opportunity for
the other challengers, with the chance to be the first to beat the World Champ.
Olympique, first contested at Newcastle but subsequently
transferred to Wolverhampton, is a handicap event whereby each rider is
handicapped according to his preceding position, i.e. a first place: back 30 yds
next race; second: back 20yds, etc.
Michanek (1st), McKinlay, Mountford.
surprisingly, all 4 competitions have been dominated by home riders, even when
handicapped: Boocock 3x, Olsen 4x Brandonapolis winners; Olsen 6x, Freddie
Lindgren 5x, Mikael Max-Karlsson 4x, Peter Karlsson 3x Olympique winners;
Malcolm Simmons 4 consec. times Blue Riband winner; Ronnie Moore 4x and Barry
Briggs (ex Don) 4x Laurels winners.