THENEWS OF THE WORLD WIMBLEDON DIRT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP BELT, our thanks to Mick Terran for further information about this item.
During the first Speedway season (1928), The News of the World offered Belts for competition at 14 tracks.
Semi-Finals for the 1928 Wimbledon competition were held on October 8, 1928.
Semi-Final 1:won by Tommy Croombs
Semi-Final 2:won by Clem Cort
The Final was scheduled for the latter half of October, however although there was racing at Wimbledon on October 13, the next four meetings scheduled for October 15, 20, 22, 27 were Rained off, with a final meeting being held on Monday, October 29. The News of the World Belt Final does not appear in the results for October 13 or 29 the only two meetings held in October so the final for the Wimbledon Championship Belt was probably never held. Mike tells us that each track had a different format to decide upon the winner of it particular News of the World belt, adding that he has no records of this competition being staged after 1928.
Winners of the News of the World Belt at other tracks include:
Bristol: Arthur Franklyn
Coventry (Foleshill): Syd Jackson
Crystal Palace: Roger Frogley (holder)
Harringay: Dick Smythe
Lea Bridge: Tommy Croombs
West Ham: Sprouts Elder
White City(London): Clem Cort
Wolverhampton*: Billy Dallison
*Wolverhampton's final was actually staged at White City (Manchester) as Wolverhampton had already closed for the season.
Belle Vue, Hall Green, Liverpool, Stamford Bridge also held competition for this award but Mike does not have a final result. (Let me know if you do so we can complete the record for this award.
There was also a News of the World Cup held at lesser grade open tracks, Greenford and High Beech.
This item shown above is on display in the museum. The belt is suede and silver, the top photos shows only the centre embellishment but the whole belt is shown in the second photograph. Below is an image of the Wolverhampton version of this News of the World Championship Belt kindly supplied by Mike.