THREE riders who have given all great service to Coventry Speedway will be in attendance at next Tuesday’s Public Meeting.
Chris Harris, Danny King and Stuart Robson will all be at the Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel on November 6 (7.30pm) as the Campaign Group provide a detailed update on the battle to bring speedway and stock car racing back to the area.
There has been no racing since owners Brandon Estates closed the stadium following its final event in November 2016 in order to pursue a speculative planning application, which has been violently opposed.
Their latest submissions to Rugby Borough Council incredibly reach the conclusion that the West Midlands contains an over-supply of motorsport facilities, and that speedway and stock car fans are therefore perfectly well served by venues elsewhere.
The Campaign Group will explain how these submissions totally fail to meet the requirements of National Planning Policy Framework relating to open space, sports and recreational buildings.
Our sincere thanks to the riders who have agreed to attend. Harris, who spent eleven years with the Bees and won three league titles over that time, will also be bringing one of his bikes.
King rode for the Bees in 2015-16, winning the British Championship in the latter campaign, and was all set to captain the club in 2017 before a proposed top-level track-share at Leicester was jettisoned.
He said: “The day I was handed my kevlars with the Bee on my chest was one of my proudest.
“I have always had a dream to ride for the Bees and I was lucky enough to do that for two years. I still desperately hope they can be brought back to the area in the near future.”
Robson, meanwhile, was one of the club’s longest-serving riders, racing for the Bees for nine of the ten seasons between 1995-2004 and staging his Testimonial at Brandon – and he then returned for two more years with the club in 2013 and 2015. He recently announced his retirement from the sport after a career spanning well over two decades.
Also in attendance on Tuesday will be two of the region’s most prominent dignitaries, who have both engaged fully throughout the Campaign process.
Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, and the Leader of Rugby Council Michael Stokes will both be with us, and both have indicated a wish to speak at the start of the meeting.
We have a detailed presentation to give, and our intention is to leave time at the end in order to answer questions relating to the Campaign effort and how matters are expected to progress.
We will not be drawn into any discussions regarding the circumstances of 2016 which led to the closure of the stadium, as it simply will not move things forward; however, we do have plenty of information to provide regarding the actions of the owners since they took over.
Admission is free of charge, and our grateful thanks once more to the Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel for providing the venue.
Supporters of speedway and stock car racing, and local residents, are all warmly encouraged to attend, and we kindly ask if possible, please try to arrive a little before 7.30pm in order that we can make a prompt start.