Cycle Speedway in Benfleet

Who, When and Where?

By Frank Gamble

In the 1950s and 60s cycle speedway was a popular sport in south-east Essex. 

One of our contributors, Bob Barber, has supplied a list of teams from the past:

Benfleet Bees (plus an all women Bees team)

Benfleet Bowmen

Benfleet Buccaneers

Daws Heath Devils

Hadleigh Heathens

Thundersley Cobras

Thundersley Phantoms

Thundersley Thunderbolts

Thundersley Tigers

Thundersley Vultures

Rayleigh Rockets 

We have found very little information about these and would be very pleased to hear from anyone that has any memories of cycle speedway in the local area.


 The photo below is of the Rayleigh Rockets Cycle Speedway Team (not be confused with the motorcycle speedway team of the same name) c. 1966.

Please click on any of the images to view them in more detail, use the magnifier and scroll bars for even more detail.

 

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Cycle Speedway in Benfleet' page

Eddie Callis

Back Row (L to R) Bill Garner, Ray Palmer, Barry Hill, Colin Binfield, Barry Chalk

Front Row (L to R) Tony Callis, Mark Anthony, Eddie Callis (who supplied this photo)

Can anybody tell us where this track is? 


If you have any information about the photo or newspaper cuttings below, please let us know by adding a comment at the bottom of this page.

 

Photo:Echo - Thursday, 27th August, 2009

Echo - Thursday, 27th August, 2009

© Echo Newspapers

Photo:Southend Standard 15th December 1966

Southend Standard 15th December 1966

© Echo Newspapers

Photo:Southend Standard 15th December 1966

Southend Standard 15th December 1966

© Echo Newspapers

Photo:Do you recognise the rider or location?

Do you recognise the rider or location?

'Cycle Speedway Teams Down The Ages' http://www.cyclespeedwayhistory.org.uk

Photo:Do you recognise the rider or location?

Do you recognise the rider or location?

'Cycle Speedway Teams Down The Ages' http://www.cyclespeedwayhistory.org.uk

Photo:Do you recognise the rider or location?

Do you recognise the rider or location?

'Cycle Speedway Teams Down The Ages' http://www.cyclespeedwayhistory.org.uk

This page was added by Frank Gamble on 25/07/2017.
Comments about this page (Add a comment about this page)

There is a map of Basildon c 1948 which shows a motor cycle track close to the A127 at Laindon. Does anyone know if was a speedway track or some other kind of racing and does anyone have any information or photos of it?

By Jo Cullen
On 15/08/2017

There was some sort of track in the Chase, Thundersley in the early to mid 50s and I believe a Thundersley team rode there but I do not know who they were.

By Brian Bellamy
On 16/08/2017
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