Getting on track - were you a cycle speedway rider?

Trimley vs Witnesham - riders take to the starting line ahead of their race in 1971

Trimley vs Witnesham - riders take to the starting line ahead of their race in 1971 - Credit: John Kerr/Archant

Did you take part in cycle speedway around Suffolk over the years, or were you one of those cheering on the riders?

The Leiston Aces cycle speedway team in December 1976

The Leiston Aces cycle speedway team in December 1976 - Credit: Archant

Our latest nostalgia gallery looks back at the popular sport during the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

A cycle speedway demo in August 1986

A cycle speedway demo in August 1986 - Credit: Archant

Can you spot yourself or a friend or family member among the riders pictured here?

The speedway cyclists practice on the tennis courts at Northgate

Speedway cyclists practising on the tennis courts at Northgate - Credit: David Kindred

It's not known exactly when or how cycle speedway started, but the started to take off in the 1940s.

Trimley vs Witnesham - riders take to the starting line ahead of their race in 1971

Trimley vs Witnesham - riders take to the starting line ahead of their race in 1971 - Credit: John Kerr/Archant

It quickly grew in popularity, with clubs being formed around the country, including many in Suffolk, with some riders going on to become speedway professionals.

The Ipswich Cycle Speedway team in 1991

The Ipswich Cycle Speedway team in 1991 - Credit: David Kindred/Archant


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Our gallery includes Trimley Tigers and Leiston Aces line-ups, as well as events in Felixstowe and Ipswich and an awards ceremony in Woodbridge.

Cycle speedway awards presented in Woodbridge during November 1971

Cycle speedway awards presented in Woodbridge during November 1971 - Credit: Archant

 If these photos bring back memories, email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk 

Trimley Tigers cycle speedway in October 1970

Trimley Tigers cycle speedway in October 1970 - Credit: Archant

To order photos, visit our website or you can also call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.

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