1995 North America Speedway History
1995 Championship Winners
US National Speedway Champion -
Canadian National Champion -
Ohio State Speedway Champion -
Indiana State Speedway Champion -
US Open Speedway Champion -
North America National Speedway Champions
1995 Race Results
1995 California Results
Gary Ford - may he long be remembered.
News from California Oct. 19, 1995
Bobby Schwartz announced earlier this year that, after 22 years of speedway,
he would retire from regular competition at the end of the season. He did add
that he would still compete occasionally. He has not made it clear what he
will do with the rest of his time. Unlike some of the other top American
speedway riders, Bobby has not established a business to take up when his
racing career ends. As far as I am aware, he has not developed other marketable
skills, which is why, I believe, he is still riding speedway. I would be surprised
if he shows up in the British League, having said he wants to retire. Although
he can compete with the Greg Hancocks around Costa Mesa's 180 yard track, it
should be pointed out that he practises at Costa Mesa more often than Hancock
does. I am not sure I would agree that he is still among the top 20 riders in
the world. Mike Faria was winning more than Bobby here last year and British
riders don't seem to be letting Mike walk away with too much! It will be
interesting to see what he means by occasionally.
News from California Sept. 19, 1995
News on Randy Evans is not good. He is still in a coma. They started a collection
on the Friday meeting the week before the National, at Costa Mesa and raised over
$2,000. They collected more during the National, including Greg Hancock's $300
heat winnings. Its good to hear that Canadian riders Gary, and Chris Hesmer,
are coming here next year. I recall Mike Faria introducing me to one of the them
who was here last April, I believe accompanied by one of my fellow countrymen.
(English).RAZ Video has the National on tape at $30.00. You may want to call them
at (818) 449 1175 as they have a list of events on video and do three tapes for
the price of two type deals. Or you can send for a free catalog to:
E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91107.
I'm not sure what is happening over the track closings. I fear its a stalemate.
Gene Woods, the Victorville promoter said he will run sidecars and sportsmans
class speedway next season. I am sure that Victorville will re-open. Its a
viable business, with a regular crowd of 2000-3000 and Gene is a very good
promoter. Glen Helen is less likely to succeed. Jim Fishback, the promoter
there, was a much better rider than promoter! He did not keep it running on
time, it went on far too late. The track was a mess and they needed more
lighting. Maybe they'll find another promoter. Interestingly, I sat next to
a fellow from Denver Colorado at the National. He told me they have a regular
speedway program there, as part of other activities. His state championship
is Oct 7 and I might see if I can arrange my business to go and check it out.
Gary Robert's views of racing in California in 1995
Speedway is not at well attended now as it was a decade ago, and 4 evenings
racing has diminished to 2. There are three tracks but two hold meetings on
Friday, halving the available riders. I get the impression there is not much
cooperation between the two, which does not help the sport, but I remain
enthusiastic about the future. There are several talented young riders coming
along. The Long Beach track was sadly paved over and made into a running track
6 or 8 years ago. A real shame, it was a very nice track. I never understood
why they didn't hold regular weekly meetings there instead of the one or two
per year. There are one or two riders who only race speedway for a living in
California, maybe not from choice, unemployment there is high, but the vast
majority see speedway as a hobby sport from which they do not expect to make
money. I believes that remuneration of $200 to $300 is possible from main events
(similar to Canada).