INTRODUCTION FROM BERT HARKINS" Welcome to the World Speedway Riders' Association web site, this is your web site to send in letters, photos, stories about your past exploits and hopes for the future.
Our Association was formed back in 1957/58 by journalist, Peter Arnold, originally as “The Veteran DIRT TRACK Riders' Association”, we later became “The Veteran SPEEDWAY riders' Association” then, in 2006, with the idea of encouraging 'younger' ex-riders to join, our members voted at the AGM that we become “The WORLD Speedway Riders' Association”.
Our members range from World Champions to Novices and everyone is welcome so, although we are the "WORLD" Speedway Riders' Association, you do not need to have ridden abroad to join us.
There are many benefits from being a member as we have get-togethers and lunches all around the country from Scotland to Dorset, so there should be one near you. Our big annual Dinner/Dance takes place at The Leicester Marriott Hotel in March and is the highlight of our year.
Another 'perk' of WSRA membership is that, upon production of your membership card, you get free entry into Paradise Wildlife Park and The National Speedway Museum at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, not far from Rye House, so thanks to ex-rider, Peter Sampson, the owner of Paradise Wildlife Park for this kind gesture. It is a great day out with everything from White Lions and White Tigers in the Wildlife Park, to Wembley Lions and Glasgow Tigers in the Museum.
The WSRA also present The Jack Parker Trophy to the winner of the British Championship each year so we keep in touch with modern Speedway whilst still remembering "The Good Old Days" of yesteryear.
The Association would like to thank Jackie & Alan Hodkinson for hosting this website on our behalf, so please feel free to add your comments whether praise or criticism to the Association here we will be pleased to hear from you, or just contact our Secretary, Peter Sampson or any WSRA Committeemember and remember the old Speedway Rider's Motto,........."The Older I Get,..........The Faster I Was!"
World Speedway Riders’ Association
A bit about the history and aims of the association