Local Rotarians have joined together with Keith ‘Buster’ Chapman, of the Lynn Stars in a bid to set youngsters on the road to speedway glory.
Buster, the promoter of the Stars, and Edward Bales, managing director of Poultec Training, in Lynn, came to the vocational services committee of the Rotary Club of King’s Lynn wanting help in finding the next generation of riders such as Rory Schlein or Robert Lambert.
They were concerned that many young riders who want to pursue speedway as a vocation cannot because of the high costs associated with owning their own bike.
Speedway, requires its own, unique bike, very different from regular motorcycles, having only one gear and absolutely no brakes.
The only way for a racer to stop in an emergency is to ‘lay the bike down’ in a controlled crash.
This unique design, and stringent regulations on what is and is not allowed on the track, means that young prospective racers must bring a custom speedway bike.
Rotary stepped up to the plate, organising an event appropriately named “Kickstart” that brought together a host of speedway riders, event organisers and over 200 sponsors at a dinner held at Timbers Country Lodge, Fincham
This event raised £8,855 which will be used to provide at least two bikes, training and ongoing support for gifted young riders, who will have the opportunity to advance in the career of their dreams.
So perhaps in future when you go to the Adrian Flux Arena at Saddlebow to watch the Stars in Elite League action, you may see some riders that started on their way thanks to the help offered to them by the Rotary Club of King’s Lynn.