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Felton Training Track
Felton, near Amble, Northumberland North East England, operated as a training facility between 1978-1988
The Felton track was opened in 1978 by Will Hunter (present day referee) (updated: Will is no longer with us) and Ken Marshall at the Bockenfield airfield about 15 miles up the A1 from Newcastle.  In 1979 they entered a team in the Scottish Junior League and finished fourth.  Felton no longer operates as a speedway training venue which is a pity as the North East needs these facilities desperately.

Felton Line Up
Courtesy of John Spoor
Felton Line Up
1980 Or 1981

Courtesy of Wendy Skinner - John Skinner says no relation of mine!

John says: A picture from Felton, can you name anyone and say what year it was? John
Tony Richardson says: Is the rider second from the right Paul McHale? 
John says: Yes I think so too and like on "Never mind the Buzzcocks" I think the guy on the right is looking at me with murderous intent! Who is that desperado?  John
Ian Murdy says: the riders at Felton. On the left is Jimmy Clarke  and the one giving the daggers is Harry Tait and it must be 1980/81
Colin Earl Says: second from the left is Roland Tebbs

Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop
Felton supplied the northern teams youngsters with an extra venue for training.  Have you any pictures etc for this webpage John

Felton Badges
2 badges from 1980
1981 badges
1981 badge

1981 Felton Flyers
Photo from Nick Short: 
Nick reminds me that these were the 1981 Felton Fliers who rode in the Scottish Junior League at Brough.
The picture shows Bruce Penhall presenting the 1981 SJL winners with their trophies at Belle Vue on October 17th.  Left to right: Eric Dixon Training Track Manager, Paul Mchale, Gary Riddell, Bruce Penhall, Barry Simpson and Dennis Gallagher.

Drag Racing
At Felton
Felton is close to the Bockenfield Airfield, which hosted Drag Racing in the 1970s, as shown below
Funny Cars
Road Bikes
Alan Sutton's Dodgem Car Dragster
A British Leyland Mini engine shoe-horned into a dodgem car obtained no doubt, from the nearby "Spanish City" funfair at Whitley Bay!
Alan Sutton says: This is my Dodgem funny car.  I'm still daft as a brush and building weird things down in New Zealand, bit warmer than Whitley Bay. Have you got any info or film footage of Newcastle's Brough Park when Mike Parker Had the 'Helldrivers stockcars"? I was number 519, won 2 trophies which I still have, I raced a Jag then a mini. The engine from the mini went into the Dodgem when the Helldrivers wound up. I still have newspaper cuttings from when I won the Northumbria Cup. Mike Parker said ' it was the best race he had ever seen'. I won it on the last bend of the last lap and the Jag went across the start/ finish line sideways!!!. I have searched youtube and cant find any footage of the Helldrivers. Check out my latest escapades on Youtube. user name "MadGeordie', oh and subscribe I need the advertising revenue for further projects. Regards Alan Sutton. NZ
Some of
Alan Sutton's
Weird Machines!
Some of Alan's other machines built after he moved to New Zealand:
How did you decide on the wheel sizes Alan?  How did it corner?  If you think Alan's bike is wacky what about these machines:
Alan's collection of interesting metal.  Does the 3 wheeler fly?
I know the website is about speedway but Alan's machines are so interesting I had to include them as he was involved at Felton/Bockenfield in Northumberland in the 1970s.
If you can scan any pictures, programmes or badges send me an email John

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