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Dagenham Speedway
 
Ripple Road, Dagenham, Essex.  The team took the nickname "Daggers" for obvious reasons.  The track operated 1932-1939 when the second world war interrupted things! They reopened and ran 1946-1947.  I do not know if any efforts to reopen came after closedown in 1947.
 
 

 
 
Dagenham Team 1936
 
 
Fred Quick was a great name for a speedway rider and I also like "Snowy" Blackman, but surely he should have been known as "Sooty" Blackman!
 
Herbert MacKechnie
 
 
Hi I'm emailing regarding unknown rider 123. I've been doing some research into my family history and jve got a journal of my great great grandfather Herbert macKechnie. I believe the photo you have is of him from the speedway in 1936 ive attached a photo so you can see the resemblance.

Yours sincerely,
                             Phillip clarkson
 
 
 
 
John says: I have put Phillip's photo of his great great grandfather and also one of my unknown riders pics which may or may not be of Bert.

 

 
 
Frank Hodgson 1936
 

 
1936: Frank Hodgson. Frank was "King of The Daggers" in those days.
 
 

 
 
The 1937 Dagenham
Cup Winner
 
Frank Hodgson
 
 
 
6th August 1939.  The Second World War was just a few weeks away and speedway was put on hold whilst we dealt with Hitler
 
 

 
 
Dagenham Badge
 
 
Scan from Russell Earl who says: Dagenham badge, sorry not an original but a 2003 re-issue.
 
 
The Genuine Article
 
 
Tony Pearce says: Hi John, please find attached a scan of my original 1939 Dagenham Badge. Feel free to use on your website.
 
 

 
 
The Oldest JAP!
 
 
 
Bikes like this specimen may have been used at Dagenham from 1932.  It's restoration budget needed to have catered for a pair of new tyres and maybe a spoke or two!  I think this model was nicer looking than later JAP designs until the Rotrax JAPs came along about 20 yrs later.
 
 
 

 
If you can scan any Dagenham pictures, programmes or badges send me an email John
 

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