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kiwi
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HORNSHAY STREET

Postby kiwi » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:08 am

New Cross Stadium, Hornshay Street, Old Kent Road, was opened in the early 1900s as an athletic stadium but was mainly used for greyhound racing and speedway. Closed in 1969 before being demolished in 1975. The picture below, shows the two grounds in 1962 - Den on the left, New Cross Stadium on the right.
Hornshay Street, New Cross Stadium Den on the left, New Cross Stadium on the right 1962..jpg
Hornshay Street New Cross Dog Track New Cross. Home of New Cross Speedway from 1934 to 1963.jpg
New Cross Dog Track New Cross. Home of New Cross Speedway from 1934 to 1963.>>>>>

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Re: HORNSHAY STREET

Postby kiwi » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:53 pm

Liked the speedway best,lost to much money on the dogs :cry:
NEW CROSS SPEEDWAY 2.jpg
NEW CROSS SPEEDWAY 3.jpg
NEW CROSS,SPEEDWAY. 1.jpg

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Re: HORNSHAY STREET

Postby briancreasey44 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:52 pm

Hi Kiwi,

Unfortunately, I wasn’t around during the hay days of New Cross Stadium, but I do remember being taken to see the stock car / banger racing by my dad, grandad and uncle.
I was about 4 so it would have been around 1968?
My strongest memories are of the noise and the smell!
I was petrified on one occasion when a car burst into flames close to where we were standing and ended up having to be taken home.
I’m not sure if it was the result of a bad dream, but was there a clown running around the track during the race?
Me and my friends played in and around the old abandoned stadium in the early seventies... happy times!

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Re: HORNSHAY STREET

Postby kiwi » Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:33 am

Hi Brian, just a couple of pictures to go with those memories. :)
Hornshay Street, Old Kent Road. New Cross Stadium, Stock Car Racing, practice session.jpg
. New Cross Stadium, Stock Car Racing, practice session
HORNSHAY STREET,NEW CROSS, STOCK CAR RACING.jpg
HORNSHAY STREET,NEW CROSS, STOCK CAR RACING.

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Re: HORNSHAY STREET

Postby kiwi » Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:43 am

Hornshay Street,New Cross Stadium.jpg
New Cross Stadium.
Hornshay Street,New Cross Speedway.jpg
New Cross Speedway. >>>>>>>>

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Re: HORNSHAY STREET

Postby kiwi » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:35 pm

You have to be a certain age to get the reference to the "Wheeltappers and Shunters Club", a fictional place in a 1970s TV series.
Hornshay Street c2012, Wheeltappers and Shunters Club, a fictional place in a 1970s TV series..jpg
Hornshay Street c2012, "Wheeltappers and Shunters Club
Hornshay Street, New Cross Stadium..jpg
New Cross Stadium

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Re: HORNSHAY STREET

Postby Sean.Byrne » Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:23 pm

I was a Speedway fan in my teens when I lived in the UK. My team was Wimbledon but I used to travel to New Cross from time to time. They had a very colourful character that rode for them, Split Waterman. He once came second in the world championship and had some adventures in WW2. He also spent time in jail for gun smuggling to revolutionaries, quite a life !!! Split is pictured below

The 1948 movie Once A Jolly Swagman was filmed at New Cross stadium and featured Dirk Bogard. It can be seen on YouTube.


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Re: HORNSHAY STREET

Postby Sean.Byrne » Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:12 am

The first pic is from the thirties at New Cross. The rider is George Newton and he is wearing the stylized cross which was the emblem of the New Cross team. Over the years riders adapted from the trailing leg style shown here to more of a leg forward shown in the second pic which shows Split Waterman probably around 1962. He is leading multiple world champion Ove Fundin of the Norwich team. The bikes have always only had one gear and no brakes (go figure). The engines are 500cc max and run on pure ethanol giving the bike a 0-60 in 3 seconds.

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