1935 A.M.A. Report

By E.c. Smith, Photography by Unknown

Night speedway racing again held popular interest. The season wound up in a fitting manner with two wonderful final events-the sectional championship at Union, N.J., and the national championship at Fresno, Cal. The boys are still talking about both of them and from the standpoint of sheer interest, heart throbs and tingling spines these two events will rank high for many years to come. New tracks are being lined up just as rapidly as there are riders and equipment to take care of them. The sport has leveled off to a solid and substantial business and gotten away from those early rapid strides that it took. The get-rich-quick angle has left and in its place comes more the attitude of a business proposition. Riders are sensing the fact they are a group of showmen and that is making a hit with the public. Attendance held up in fine shape in most sections and the sport has no fear of the future due to the fact it was early found the thing that would please the public was a fast-moving, clean-cut show.

In class C competition-in the long distance events-we had more activity than ever before. Many things were brought out that will enable this branch of the sport to grow this coming year. No one ever dreamed that we would be having 75 to 100 entries for an event of this type. Yet at Keene, N.H., 106 riders faced the starter which was the largest entry list ever gathered together. Regrettable situations arose due to this unprecedented entry list. Otherwise it would have been the greatest event ever held. As it was it was marvelous from the angle of rider interest. We all live and learn by experience. We can look forward to a swell event at the same place next year.

The 200-mile event at Jacksonville, Fla., last winter; the 200-mile at Oakland, Cal.; the 100-mile at Langhorne Speedway were all splendid affairs. From the requests we are getting you are going to see many more long distance events in 1936.

There were many outstanding individual achievements, performances that will live long in the records. Each of them were a standout in their class and there were more of these in 1935 than any previous period. Noteworthy was Joe Petrali in winning every dirt track championship, something that has never been equaled and probably never will again. Along with that was the record smashing performance at Syracuse when three records were broken and every race on the card was won. Then to go to the national championship hillclimb the next day and win two Professional events; that is, becoming the national champion in those two events by reason of his point standing.

Cordy Milne, in winning the national night speedway championship for the second consecutive year; Woodsie Castonguay at Langhorne Speedway; Jim Young at Oakland, Cal.; Al Chasteen at the same place; Rody Rodenberg at Jacksonville, Fla.; Les Myers coming from Wichita Falls, Tex., to win the National Miniature T.T. Championship at Marion, Ind.; Oscar Lenz in winning the Jack Pines; Red Paulson of Washington, D.C.; in winning the Class B at Lansing with a score that was right up with the best Class A riders, and last, but certainly not least that wonderful dash that Earl Robinson made in crossing the continent, solo mounted in 77 hours and 53 minutes-all are outstanding individual accomplishments. Sheer pluck and stamina! We wish there was space to permit the mentioning of all events held; the many things that happened and all of the other accomplishments that made the past year one that we will think about for a long time to come.

By E.c. Smith
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