“Tapes Up” celebrated its first birthday this week and it really was a proud moment for myself. As a massive Speedway fan it is amazing to run something that gets me so involved in the sport I love.
Speedway fans have proven time and time again that they are the best people in the world.
One thing I have picked up through this past year is that any opinion I have expressed there hasn’t been many people that disagree with what I say or post.
Does this mean I am constantly stating the obvious???..... well, if I am honest, yes I am stating the obvious a lot of the time but sometimes it’s things that people won’t come out and say.
What is really surprising is that in the year I have had the site nothing within the sport has really changed. We can all see the problems that exist within British Speedway but no one wants to stick their neck out and make big decisions for the greater good.
Doubling-up, youth policies, new Speedway series’ have all been discussed by us, the fans, but nothing new seems to be happening.
I am extremely happy with the way the “Fans Views” section has went. I can’t publish every blog or view I get sent.... if I did I would be shut down quicker than a Greg Hancock start, but I appreciate every one that I get sent and can’t thank you enough for your views.
Fans are what make this site what it is. Reactions to what I write is great and at the stage I am at in studying and writing for Inside Speedway all comments are more than welcome.
What can we do to help the sport? Offer up ideas to the people who run the sport?
Personally I think the time has come to have a fans group between all Speedway fans and not just individual clubs fan groups.
In British Speedway the fans pride themselves on being a “Family”.... maybe it’s time for this family to start having a voice and not just me and a select few who send in their views.
If people or fans had someone nominated as chairman or someone who ran this group we could then press to have someone sat in on the BSPA meeting so we can then inform fans what is happening within the sport.
It’s something I am very critical about, we don’t get enough information and it leads to unrest among fans as no one knows about rule changes etc, even riders aren’t informed about new rule changes until the season is just about to start.
The riders have to stick together more as well. I speak to riders on a daily basis and the thing I pick up on most is that the gap between the BSPA and the riders couldn’t be wider.
The time has come for a riders union, there is plenty of ex-riders I know who would be willing to bring a voice to the table at a BSPA meeting which would insure riders would get all the information they need about riding in this country.
These are ideas that have been floated in the past but have never fully been carried through.
The BSPA have came in for some serious criticism in the last couple of years, perhaps these ideas would bring fans, riders and the powers that be closer together.
The main aim for myself is that we all start pulling in the same direction and the main goal is getting British Speedway back where it belongs, where Tai was last Saturday... at the top of the podium and at the pinnacle of the sport.
There is a bright future for the sport in this country but only if we work together.
Thank you for the last year and here’s to many more.
Enjoy your Speedway,