Barnet Bypass, London. The track staged training for speedway
between 1929 and 1936
The track started off as grass but
cinders were added as the grass circuit was worn away. The site
was sold off and has now been built on. The promoters moved their
operations to the home of British speedway: High Beech
Roland Albert Scott (Number 69)
Roland Scott on the left, racing in the
early 1930's. Don't know who number 11 is. If you recognise him send
me an email JohnFrom this picture it appears the Barnet track was dirt (I think cinders
were gradually added mainly to the corners. The track appears to
have an uphill slant to racing. The photo is excellent and was sent
to me by Roland's daughter Ann Bellingham (nee Scott).
Another excellent early 1930s photo from
Ann. her dad Roland is no 69 far left. The track appears to be
on another slope or was the photographer drunk! Does anyone recognise the other riders
JohnAnn says her dad won many trophies
1930-1932 at this Barnet Bypass circut.
Bob Coles' Programme Of Events
Bob has sent these programme scans. The programme cover
shows that the meeting was staged by the North London Motor
Club, founded 1920 and it took place on Saturday September the
20th 1930. I like the photo showing the push start very
much part of Speedway and Grass tracking around 1930.
The above scan shows a match between Ringwood and
Barnet. Strange that the programme shows Ringwood on the
left and Barnet on the right. It is as if Ringwood were
the home team!
Weirdly, the programme shows a football match between
Watford and Barnet, taking some 45 minutes, was added to the
speedway at event 6 on the programme.
The last pages are of interest as they show under
"Track Records" GJ Wilkes aboard a James held the flying start
record for a mile at 37.75 MPH and DJ Pirle was the record
holder for a rolling start on his Velocette at 37.4 MPH
James and the Vellocette bikes were from an era when british
was best. These lesser used British dirt track machines were up against the
major speedway machine manufacturers: The American Harley Davidson Peashooter,
The English Douglas
flat twin and the Rudge also English. A burgeoning speedway bike maker
Prestwich) was just starting off in 1930
with custom made speedway machines and the emergence of the JAP (another
English firm based in Tottenham ) saw off all of the makes discussed
above. The JAP reigned supreme for 40 odd years.
Not much yet on Barnet's Bypass track so If you can scan any pictures, programmes or badges send
me an email John