26 April this year my computer at work ‘blew up!’ Subsequently
it transpired that the ‘Chernobyl Virus’ had attacked
the hard-drive. This particular date was the anniversary of that
disaster. This led me to think of other virus attacks, which can
afflict us that are speedway related. Some are well known and others
are perhaps waiting to occur. See what you think.
Brandon Virus: This affects car drivers, mainly on Sundays,
and motorists find themselves unable to overtake after the first
bend of their journey!
Elite Stadium Virus (formerly the Asbestos Virus):
This causes back straight stands to fall down and prevents spectators
viewing all around the track. Wolverhampton, Ipswich and Belle Vue
have been hit in recent years. A virulent strain actually hit Cradley,
where the whole stadium fell down!
Bad Neck Virus: This was mainly confined to the
London area. It is a phenomena where spectators had to look upwards
from the terraces to see the track. Examples are Crayford, White
City, & London (Hackney). The London strain was so bad that
the venue was awarded a ‘Grand Prix’.
VAT virus: This is where Speedway programmes carry
an inflated price (presumably to avoid paying VAT). Its early traces
were at Wimbledon and a particularly bad strain recently hit Glasgow
where the ‘programme value’ has reached £5.
Cat flap virus: First appeared a few years ago as an attachment
to the back wheels of speedway bikes. This virus was imported from
New Zealand and even when riders tried to kill it by falling off,
it would bounce up and remain near the bike.
Solvent virus: This had a terrible effect leading
to rider body odour. Strangely the riders were keeping rear tyres
in the bath. This virus first occurred in the Poole area a few years
ago, and was then allegedly spread by Australians to other tracks.
It’s outbreak peaked at an Ipswich – Coventry speedway
meeting. After this the virus was bought under control and has now
Shale Virus: This would cause spectators to be
covered in dust and dirt while a speedway race was going on. Strangely
some areas of the country (e.g. Reading) have escaped being hit
by this virus.
White line virus: – Causes white lines to
vanish. Seems confined to the Peterborough area.
STW virus: – ‘Smith, Thorp Wilson’
– prevents teams winning league titles. Bradford successfully
beat this by getting rid of all three and winning the title in 1997.
Then shut down!
Scoop virus: This attaches itself to track phones
and converts them to premium line phone numbers, e.g. Belle Vue,
Hull, Sheffield, and Wolves…
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