islandspeedwaystartThere’s just a week to go until a Fans Forum is held in Ryde to discuss the future of speedway on the Isle of Wight.

Barry Bishop and Martin Widman, the duo behind plans to revive the high-speed motorsport on the Island, are putting the final touches to the evening’s programme and hope to be able to spring a few surprises on the night.

rydesuperbowlThe event kicks off at 19:00 next Thursday (21st May) at Superbowl on Ryde Esplanade and will feature an overview of what has been achieved so far in their bid to bring speedway back to Smallbrook Stadium. This will be followed by an outline of plans for the rest of this year and into 2016 as well as an update on sponsors from around the world.

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It is hoped that there will be a video link or phone link to the international sponsors so that they can introduce themselves to the fans.

In addition, an overview of plans for finding and developing new young riders from the Island will be delivered as well as ideas on how speedway will support Island life and the opportunity for fans to state their own views and quiz the duo.

The event is being covered by several of the clubs media partners and will be hosted by DJ and speedway presenter Chris Popple. There will also be the opportunity for local people to come forward for any roles that they think they can fulfil both on race nights and in between and all guests will be asked for their email details.

Martin Widman commented:

“I cannot wait for the Fans Forum to take place as it is a huge milestone for us. Barry and I agreed that we would only hold one when we knew Speedway was more than likely to return to the island and here we are.

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“The response that we have had already has been exceptional and we cannot emphasise how important to Island Speedway the fans forum is, so we are very hopeful of it being supported well.

“I hope that people will also put themselves forward for the positions we will have available as we all know speedway cannot exist without volunteers and both Barry and Martin are keen to recruit as many Islanders as possible into the positions that are needed to run the meetings, even if that means we have to train them.”

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