This format of "Angels Cried" is currently ranked #276,662
The kindle version may be struggling in the US, but the PB is booking
This format of "Angels Cried" is currently ranked #276,662
Speedway has been in the UK since the early 1930's and whilst F1 racing has gone forward with vast fortunes made by drivers and firms, sadly speedway's image is still the same. If you imagine the US images of great racers on nice tracks in the sun, think again. This is the story of UK meetings. One of my earliest recollections of the sport is the final appearance of the great Barry Briggs in the 1972 World singles final at Wembley. Barry took a corner and the front tyre slipped away, as he fell to the ground he was hit by fellow by fellow Kiwi rider Ronnie Moore, who was trying desperately to avoid the sliding machine. Barry's front wheel looked like a half-chewed cookie and I think he lost two fingers in the crash. This was not the first incident of its kind, nor will it be the last I am sad to say. Although safety fences have greatly improved over the years. Hitting a fence at 70mph and being trapped by your bike, not to mention the serious risk of burns from the exhaust are still there. One rider at a televised meeting got his leg cut open by a snapped chain.
Jensen Button, David Coulthard & Lewis Hamilton are names we remember. The high profile imagery of a F1 driver, with all the glamour attached, while I do not decry their fame or wealth as theirs is risky life. The also reap the rewards.
Next time you watch Sky sports, tune in to Monday night Speedway to see the other side of the motor racing scene. While F1 drivers have nice pits, pit crews and warm motor homes, costing thousands of pounds each. The speedway riders sit in an old bike sheds, with the rain pelting down, freezing cold between races. Whereas motor sport has progressed with the times, Speedway is still stuck back in its roots as a poor man's sport. Most tracks are former dog racing track as at Hackney, Wembley and Bristol.
In this day of multi-million pound football transfers. For kicking a bit of plastic. Consider these instances in comparison. At the 2007 British GP in Cardiff, British rider Chris "Bomber" Harris ran into an iron fence at over 70mph, he was trapped there for five minutes, while the doctor and medics checked him. He went back to the pits while the track was cleared. With badly bruised ribs, broken & bloody nose and limping badly, he came back to the line for the race. The crowd burst into "The Dam busters march" as a tribute. It still brings a tear to my eye today, thinking of that moment.
Coventry 2009-with a big Premier league meeting planned the Coventry had to call on their best men. Among then, a young rider called Ben Barker, who had to "double up," this means to get a reasonable salary, he had to ride for a second time. In this case First division Rye House. Rye house is based in Hertfordshire, just north of London. On this night, Ben had to finish his last race for Rye House, then dash to a chartered helicopter to be flown to an airport, then picked up by the Coventry team. He had to change from one set of leathers to the Coventry leathers in the back of a van, which had spare bikes in. Coventry had to keep switching the order, so as to give him the best chance of an early ride and more points. As he entered the stadium, the buzzer went. That means two minutes to get the bike to the line or face elimination from the race. Coventry team members were desperately running the engine up, pushing the bike to the line as Ben Jumped on, he did make it in the end. But he had to do a journey of nearly 150 miles, just to get a few extra pounds.
When you next see the glamorous F1 drivers, please remember even top motorcycle riders do not make enough to cover basic running costs. Unless you get to be like Rossi.
Yet again Amazon are promoting my one time best selling short about the plight of two me in an aeroplane over the Canadian ice-fields.
The picture was taken by on the shores of Lac La Biche, in Alberta on the night of November 11th, 2009. The last night I had with my late friend Faye Dupre.
Nerja [Kindle Edition]
by Alan Place
I know it was almost a year ago but this is my first 5 star review and Amazon keep promoting the book LOL
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Of Faith April 2, 2012
By Nanci Maynard
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This was an excellent short-short story. In fact, I finished reading it during my commute home on the subway.
The best way to describe this story is: It is a story about faith.
It involves two different men from two different cultures. One White and one Native American/Cree. Both were placed in an extremely dangerous situation and both depended on their faith to bring them out safely.
This wonderfully short story answered the question: "Who do you call on and cling to in the time of trouble?" I expected more, but "Nerja" was so skillfully written additional words would've ruined it.
Short and to the point, this was an excellent and highly recommended read.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had been approached by a man working for Sky.com about copying some old moto-X programmes I had, he is also interested in some old reports from the meeting in my collection. This is one of the articles of motor
When my interest in Motor-X or Scrambling as we Brits call it started. The big names on television races were the likes of Jeff Smith, Dave Bickers, Chris Horsefield, Arthur Browning, the Rickman brothers and the Lampkin family. Bikes were predominantly UK with BSA, Greeves and AJS at the head of the races.At this time there were no foreign bikes at all on our circuits. Bill Neilsen ( twice World 250cc champion) rode for AJS, Jeff Smith rode his 380cc BSA to two 500cc World championships, despite the more powerful engined 500 cc Maicos of the German riders. The reason for this was torque ( power to weight ratio), a smaller engine weighs less, so what it lack in power, it makes up for by carrying less weight. To give you an example. An 1100cc engine in a Mini will give more power than the same engine in a Cortina; hence most rally cars were Minis.
After a few years top riders like Bicker (who rode Cz), John Banks( BSA to Cz), Brian Goss (Greeves to Maico), Bryan Wade (Greeves to Husqvarna), Vic Allen ( Greeves to Maico) were riding foreign makes. It was stil clubman racers who could not afford the new machines that rode the British machines.
As the years went on and the Japanese Suzukis took over the races, Belgian Joel Robert became World 250cc champion six times, along with compatriot Sylvian Goebers as his team mate in second. In the 500cc class Roger De Coster, also Belgian held the crown for five years. Despite the constant challenge of the East German Maico and the Czech Cz machines.
By this time, even clubman racers had got the Japanese machines, a few stalwart riders like Dick Clayton for Greeves and Vic Eastwood for AJS stayed true, but even they went to foreign makes as the British machines could not compete with mass produced Japanese bikes. Clayton went to the Swedish Husqvarna firm. After trying a few seasons for Maico, Vic Eastwood rode for Alan Clewes CCM firm, which was a rebuilt BSA bike.
A decade away
I keep hearing that it takes ten years to be noticed on line as a writer. My concern is that with the growth of technology and the decline of books shops over the last few years. Will there be any books around to read by then? Or will it be like either my dead serial The Word, where Games have taken over? Or like a story I am doing called "He was good!" This is about a library of old computers that time forgot.
A little known fact about my 6 year time in the RAF is that towards the end I was detached to RAF Aldergrove and was awarded the GSM for Ireland. I don't make a thing of mentioning it, as I don't think I was worthy of it.
To me, medals are for doing something worthwhile, not staying relatively safe two miles behind the action processing films.
Last year's resolution
Last year I decided to not partake in any contests, mainly because I couldn't afford to enter them. They didn't cost a lot as singles, but when you enter one a month it mounts up and with little money to spare, it was the first thing to get cut back.
I know I entered two, but they were invites and one was free.
I wasn't going to enter any this year but my friend Carol posted about a great contest with a $400 prize for the winner, a Kindle Fire for the second place and the top 5 getting published; my aim is to get in the top 5 :)
On my other other blog there is a page for signed books, this is the cover for the latest in a new signed Warhammer 40K series coming out.
In the next few days, Chronicles of Mark Johnson, Hunted Down and my four story multi-buy of Pat Canella will hit the shelves at the lowest prices that I will go down to. In an attempt to get a few sales. After this, you lost the chance to get an award winner cheaply, as the next time it may well be published.
Thursday, 24 January 2013 I am a good writer!
Before you start saying. Is he just being arrogant as a desperate sales measure?
Please read the article below. This is about the stories and is not a cheap sales pitch.
While writing Did we see him? I got so involved in the story, that the creatures in the jungles and the hunt for the souls of the dead took over my mind and gave me bad dreams.
While writing both Hunted Down and re-writing it for the multi-buy, I was so engrosses in the story, I was giving myself the shivers writing about the weird things happening and had to take regular breaks to ease my mind. In the end I had to curtail my imagination as I was close to crossing into the Chronicles zone, when the stories were based in the 1940's.
Writing the second series of Chronicles was really harrowing for me, friends who knew me at the time were really concerned that my mental state was going downhill rapidly. This series was my way of purging myself of a bad time and this all came through the writing. I was so involved that again I was getting bad dreams.
All the time, you have to remember that I knew what was coming.
Imagine what it will be like for you.
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