It is officially starting to feel like it’s been years since I last saw some speedway.
It feels like years since I saw the spectacular site of a 500cc motorcycle being slung around a track, rip snorting up a straight emitting the sweet sweet smell of methanol fumes.
Those were the days indeed.
At a time when we should have been looking forward, we often find ourselves looking back at times gone by and reflecting on the times it brought.
Whilst I have admitted here on a few occasions that the well of inspiration has been running all but empty, the same can’t be said about some of my esteemed colleagues on here who have continued to churn out top class content week on week.
Or in some cases, multiple times a week…clearly lockdown has brought about too much time on a certain Mr Barrie’s hands.
However, it is indeed Mr Barrie who has provided the inspiration for this weeks topic but rather than flat out steal his idea, I have decided to tweak it for myself to avoid his people calling my people, lawsuits and tribunals and such like!
Statues have been in the news a lot recently, and as Dick Barrie rightly pointed out, there is a distinct lack of speedway related statues dotted around the country.
As he rightly points out a speedway statue in the town of Berwick would be a rather fitting centerpiece , and it would be difficult to argue that either Wayne Brown or Rob Grant should be the rider to receive the prestigious honour.
Even as a relatively young fan who hasn’t seen these guys in action at the height of their powers, it is impossible to ignore the contributions and historical significance these guys have had on the club.
With that being said, I would argue that there is perhaps no man who has done more for Speedway, or sport in general for that matter, in Berwick than Dennis McCleary.
In my opinion, a statue of Mr Berwick Speedway outside the stadium would finish the place off rather nicely, that isn’t to say that the many riders who have served us over the years don’t deserve to be immortalised in such a manner as well.
But in fairness, I did say I wasn’t going to completely rip off Mr Barrie’s idea, so here’s the twist…
We’ve all heard of Mount Rushmore, the world famous American landmark, if you haven’t you need to have a word with yourself, and before you ask yes there is a point to this…
In a theoretical world, which four faces would make your Berwick Bandits Mount Rushmore?
Now it would be fair to say that I perhaps lack the knowledge or longevity of many other Bandits fans, so I can only base my selections on what I have seen.
This will sadly mean no place for club legends like Wayne Brown, Steve Mcdermott, Jimmy Nilsen or Mark Courtney, but that isn’t to say that they can’t be on your monument because with things like this, there are no wrong answers.
So who makes the Mythman Mount Rushmore of Berwick Speedway?
Well. because I can I’ve decided to cheat a little bit and split it into categories…
The Entertainers – Alan Mogridge, Michal Makovsky, Paul Clews and Lee Complin.
The Naturals – Adrian Rymel, Sebastian Alden, Ricky Ashworth and Paul Bentley.
The Contributors – Dennis McCleary, Ian Rae, John Anderson and Peter Waite.
There are countless other categories in which you could divide these up, and I genuinely feel that I am unable to put together a definitive Berwick Bandits Mount Rushmore, due to lacking the “experience” of being a Bandits fan in comparison to some.
So who makes your final cut?
Which Bandits legends do you wish to see immortalized in sculpture?
Of course if you wish to agree, or disagree with the Mythman, have an idea for a feature, or you simply want to chew the fat over all things speedway, you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via the JB Speedway Media Facebook page. If your compliments, or indeed gripes can be contained to limited characters, you can send me a tweet @Mythman666.
Until next time…and there will be a next time.
Right I’ll hae’tae gan