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Mile Cross #16

Cycle Speedway.

 

This track belonged to the 'Galley Pirates' and it was their second track. The first of which would have been close to the park I recently talked about in Mile Cross #15. What's left of this one sits at the Western entrance of Sloughbottom Park.

 

It measures 80 yards by 17ft and the surface was Harco (whatever that is). The start line can just about be made out on left hand side.

 

Taken from the cyclespeedwayhistory website: "The Galley Pirates celebrated their Silver Jubilee with a 'Silver Jubilee Festival' at Sloughbottom in June 1973. Over two thousand people watched the racing over the weekend, with the Jubilee Fours Final attracting a crowd of 500 plus, even though the event didn't start until 5.30pm on Sunday Evening. The weekend attracted unprecedented media coverage, both on the radio and TV, where highlights were shown on the BBCs 'Look East' programme."

 

More info and some pictures of it in use can be found here.

 

In the background you can see it's modern-day replacement, well kind of; The Mile Cross BMX track. It's not quite as flat as this one.

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Taken on February 20, 2015