Romford Speedway Reunion
Relive on DVD the Romford Speedway Reunion held on the 31st May at the RUSSC Club in Romford.
It's quite a story and several of the ex-Bombers were brought together to relive those great days including Des Luckhurst , Dave Percy, Mike Vernam, West Ham Bomber Vic Cross and the very entertaining Phil Woodcock, plus Reading Racers John Hammond, Richard May plus David Haley who’s late father was instrumental in getting speedway at Brooklands.
Hear them in their own words describe what it was like to race speedway for the Bombers in thus far off days and see some very rare footage of the Bombers racing at Brooklands Stadium, Hoddesdon and Custom House,
Priced at just £10.00 this excellent DVD filmed by Rerun Productions runs for 90 minutes and will bring back great memories, just follow the link below to order.
Order the DVD of the Romford Speedway Reunion here
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
AT THE RUSSC CLUB
ON 31st MAY
Des Lukehurst and Phil Woodcock
What a nostalgic evening was had last Friday 31st May 2019, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Bombers first meeting. Considering this event was celebrating the Bombers 50th birthday, around a 100 people were in attendance to help celebrate this little piece of Romford Speedway history. Over 60 photos where displayed on the walls of the RUSSC Club and a large projection screen showed over 250 photos of the Bombers and rare footage of speedway from Brooklands.
Other riders in attendance included 1971 Bombers Mike Vernam/Dave Percy, West Ham Bomber Vic Cross and Reading duo Richard ‘Dicky’ May and John Hammond.
Speedway to coin a phrase from the 1971 song by the Sly and the family stone is a ‘family affair’. After Paul Tadman had introduced the riders, DJ for the evening Kevin Todd interviewed them with questions from the assembled fans. Kevin is the nephew of former Romford Supporters Club secretary Ruth Cox, so it really was a family affair.
Woodcock, Hammond, Vernam and May live in the Bournemouth area and Woodcock said it used to take just under 3 hours to get to Brooklands when he rode there in 69/70. On Friday it took the quartet 6 hours and there wasn’t the M3 or M25 when Romford operated.
A 20 page souvenir programme was produced for the event highlighting the story of the Bombers. Hackney columnist Hawkeye who worked in the pits on that very first night writes a typical Hawkeye column, former Radio 1 DJ David Hamilton talks about his visit to Brooklands, Chris Fenn on former Romford/West Ham Bombers number 1 Kevin Holden, David Haley on his father John who was the Romford FC secretary at the time the Bombers landed at Brooklands Road and who was instrumental in getting speedway into the home of Romford FC so quickly in 1969. Maurice Morley who wasn’t able to attend but resurrects his ‘From the Cockpit’ column as did Peter Oakes with ‘Up Up and Away”. Programmes are available to purchase and are priced at £4.00 plus £1.50 postage and packaging, just click on the paypal link below.
The raffle proved very popular. Thanks must go to Paradise Wildlife Park owner and former rider Pete Sampson who donated a Family Pass, which of course includes the National Speedway Museum. Also thanks to local National League football club Dagenham & Redbridge who supplied two tickets for any match in the 2019/20 season at Victoria Road. But the most popular and top prize was an A3 sized Romford Bombers framed picture of some of the former stars who raced at Brooklands. They can be purchased either with or without a frame from Junction 8 Sports Memorabilia.
It really was a night of pure Romford Speedway nostalgia, the evening was filmed and a DVD of the event is available from ReRun Productions very soon.
The Lakeside Hammers
Our friends at Lakeside Speedway who used to race at the Arena Essex Raceway were forced to leave towards the end of 2018 due to issues beyond their control.
We Bombers fans were robbed of our weekly fix of speedway racing way back when, don’t let it happen to our friends at the Arena Essex Raceway.
Help them by signing a petition on the link below to bring speedway racing back to Thurrock.
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