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    Odsal

    Startrax Update: It is almost 12 months since we commenced again our aspiration to return Stock Cars to Odsal, the fourth attempt since 2001, having come very,very close in 2013 only to fail when OK Bulls went into administration. Therefore this has been a lot of hard work, and for a few months in my own mind may have been again, speculative. However, we have continually negotiated with integrity from RFL COO Mr Tony Sutton who we cannot thank enough for his investment and interest and, yesterday, we have concluded a secure long term arrangement commercially that could see the sport secure at Odsal for 12 years. The agreement reached will require ratification by the RFL board early next month of which we are very positive. We held further discussions yesterday 'pm' with the new Bulls shareholders who, currently have a huge workload commitment in bidding for the Bulls to return in the Super League. From the beginning of this journey, we sought a commitment that both us and the Bulls approached Odsal 'jointly'and together and what came across very clearly from the Bulls stakeholders [ again to whom we thank them for heir time ] is a shared vision to 'save' Odsal' and see it return to it's former glory. That really is positive fundamentally to us as it is about the commitment of our sports to regenerate Odsal for the city of Bradford. Our next stage will be opening discussions with Bradford Council who are aware of the plans, to secure the necessary permissions we require and clarification of what was established in 2013 in terms of planning consent etc. We plan to move things along rapidly and are working to be able to offer more clarity on Sunday 6th December as, if we manage to tick all the boxes, it is our ambition to open the doors on Saturday 3rd April 2021. We are 'almost' there! Whilst discussion has been detailed and taken some 12 months, reality is dawning that this has been the 'easy bit!' The dedication and work required to re-open it, refurbishment is massive and planning for that is 'underway' however 'just' to open the doors for sport will require joint investment of at least £500,000. When we get to this stage, hopefully early next month, we will be asking the whole sport to play it's part - in a similar way to the outpouring of support offered to help restore Coventry and will be seeking volunteers to help with the project from tradespeople and the community to assist with this huge task with work anticipated to commence late January 21. Hopefully on 6th we will be able to complete the vision and make Odsal a reality after 23 years.
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    Odsal

    Startrax update;
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    Frankie Jnr tonight ?

    Not strictly F1’s but...
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    Frankie Jnr tonight ?

    Definitely not a follow in. Just a very very hard hit.
  5. Limited edition Snap on Guy Martin Proper 55" toolbox Very good condition No tools including Collection only due to size and weight Cash or bank transfer on collection Location is DN15 Price £3500 Please message Sean Willis on Facebook or message myself for contact details.
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    2021 Fixture list?

    The fixture list usually is not released until January. With everything going on in the world don’t expect a fixture list anytime soon.
  8. From Rotorua Stockcar Clubs Facebook page: TWS World 240s Format To Change Covid 19 Travel restrictions means it is highly unlikely that there will be any travel between NZ and Europe inside the next six months at least, so the Promotions team at TWS Paradise Valley Speedway have very little option but to change this year's format for the TWS World 240s Superstock Champs. We will still be using the same format with competitors pre qualifying for the final night but instead of overseas drivers we have invited all of last year's SNZ title holders. 1NZ Randal Tarrant, Grand Prix Keegan Levien, North Island (to be decided Waikaraka 14th November) and South Island Champion Alex Hill have been given an invite, they will be joined by with last year's Superstocks in Paradise winner Lance Elsworth. Last year's TWS World 240s Champion was Keegan Levien so will have qualified twice. There will be a maximum of five pre qualifiers who will be joined by at least 21 who will come from qualifying.
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    Frankie Jnr tonight ?

    Frankie’s take plus interview with Ted (JJ)
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    Frankie Jnr tonight ?

    At the risk of upsetting a few keyboard warriors here is ECL’s side of the story courtesy of Jonathon Abbott and the BSCDA. FWJ side comes out tonight.
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    Odsal

    The corners folded over when they last ran
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    Odsal

    latest update from Startrax tonight. Odsal - making progress! Just as an update, we have had a further lengthy discussion this afternoon with the RFL discussing commercial and legal matters and we reconvene for fine tuning next week. We are aiming for a final resolution early November. Discussions with the RFL throughout have been 'warm' and there is a definate 'will' from both parties to get to an amenable agreement that is acceptable to the RFL, ourselves and obviously the future for Odsal Stadium. Once we have completed these parts of the discussion, we can then move forward to discussions with Bradford City Council. Our plans to commence work, subject to us squaring all circles looks positive for a new year start and subject to necessary permissions being agreeable in the right time scale, our aim is to open up Easter Saturday 2021 - Whilst there remains caveots, if's and but's - let me assure you these are reducing as talks continue. We would have not progressed thus far without the engagement of the RFL for which again, we thank them for the opportunity. Keep optimistic - keep safe
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    Maximums

    White and yellows have a half lap handicap. If they did take the half lap handicap the maximum still stands.
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    Odsal

    Startrax update: ODSAL We have, since the early 2000's tried to work every avenue to return motorsport to Odsal stadium since it re opened for RFL with the Bulls in the Super League - to date on four different occasions, the most recent a few years ago alongside former speedway promoter, Tony Mole where we came closest in agreeing in principle with then Bulls franchise holders, O.K Bulls to utilise the stadium. At that point we gained the necessary permissions from Bradford council for this project to actually happen! Sadly that opportunity evaporated as then OK Bulls 'failed' and, since then it has been a tragic litany of events including the sacriligous removal of the main infrastructure - ie plate fence which was a 'scandal' The latter incumbants were also contacted however had no interest at that time and themselves failed around 18 months ago which, in essence saw the club saved and move to Dewsbury to survive. That meant the whole future of Odsal became hugely uncertain. However, to the credit of leaseholders RFL, dating back to later last year, they began looking at improving the viability of the stadium to which this current journey commenced. I have nothing but praise for the professionalism and promptness and courtesy extended by the RFL to listen to and disseminate our developing plans to try and move this forward. Huge credit must also go to Mark Sawyer and his team in 'rescuing' the Bulls and kept it 'breathing' without which there would be no future and one should not take lightly the commitment that involved. We have been working on the Odsal project now since the start of 2020, colliding with the greatest challenge the globe has encountered with the Pandemic. Since February 2020, almost monthly discussions have continued to progress with detailed business plans and a thorough investment costing to enable getting the project to where it currently sits. Discussions have more recently intensified currently towards concluding discussions and resolving a secure license agreement to progress in 2021. Once hopefully satisfactorily resolved, discussions will then commence with Bradford City Council over confirming planning aspects and permissions together with the Safety Action Group towards procuring it's safety certificate. This will be the final part of the process and we are careful not to prejudge that outcome, but may only be understood once all parties reach an agreement. The plan remains to provide a facility for both Stock Car Racing and Speedway however costings have been undertaken for both a tarmac surface as well as shale. The latter being essential for the inclusion of speedway albeit significant cost advantages of tarmac for stock car racing exist. The final decision on surface will be made once agreement has been concluded. Startrax are very keen to see Speedway included at Odsal however acknowledges that the current economic position for speedway and indeed the country is a major factor. However, promoter Steve Rees says 'we remain receptive to proposals for speedway in 2021 and beyond, as we have now much more visibility on the future and costings, we are happy to engage with potential operators; Rees added 'After 23 years absence of motorsport at Odsal we believe there will be the huge interest and support it should command and deserves, that is certainly evident from the stock car family - we are now in a position to see the end game and therefore open discussions with regards speedway with some more certainty' As far as 2021 is concerned, subject to concluding commercial agreements with the RFL and thereafter in coming weeks, subject to the necessary permissions being obtained from Bradford Council, the latter being the final hurdle, it remains our intent to commence a 16 week installation plan with accredited contractors early in the New Year with a target opening of April. Rees said ' The investment is significant particularly in the current economic uncertainties however, after 23 years, this may well be the final and only opportunity to return to Odsal and both sports must in my opinion embrace it' adding 'Odsal is unique, it is primarily an iconic Rugby League stadium which needs a future securing for it and the city to see it's club return. We have met Mark Sawyer earlier in the year from Bradford Bulls and we had a refreshing and constructive discussion with regards the future and look forward at some point to pooling resources to stabilise the future of Odsal commercially. This has been a long and intense journey and we approach a finishing line which either way will be a defining moment for Motorsport and whether we can get this over the line. Whilst discussions move into 'final laps' I must thank Mr Sutton from the RFL and Mark Sawyer for courtesies extended to allow us to present and elaborate detailed plans for Odsal and whatever the final conclusion evolves, all sides have worked towards a positive outcome. The removal of infrastructure referred to earlier has made this a much bigger cost and risk complicating matters - and, in the current economic environment, the investment required now to make this happen of around £200,000 [ and that excludes operational costs ongoing ] even more challenging and much higher elevated risk. As a sport we must come together. We are approaching a penultimate platform of optimistically agreeing commercial terms which then permits us to move forward to the final due diligence and involving Bradford City Council to confirm validity and requirements for motorsport returning to Odsal which, once we reach agreement with the RFL, will then quite promptly follow and will confirm the future of Odsal. This has been a 'long, weary, costly and time consuming process which has been driven by tenacity and the 'dream' of the Wembley of the North rebooting. Whatever the final outcome, years of speculation now have at last some foundations for optimism and will hopefully and shortly move forward to the final objective. For two decades the resurrection of Odsal by some [ and justifiable sentiment ] has been viewed with cynicism as to it actually happening. We are now the closest ever in 23 years. We must together come together to embrace that challenge - if and when required. A Northern renaissance is now visible with, potentially in the next 12 months two quality venues at Owlerton Stadium Sheffield complimented by hopefully, the North 're-booted' with the addition of the long regarded 'Wembley of the North' - That really is something to shout about - within 30 miles of each other! PLEASE HELP US, OUR EFFORTS BY LIKING & JOINING US ON FACEBOOK / SOCIAL MEDIA AND SHARING WIDELY AND WITHIN THE SPEEDWAY COMMUNITY - Thank you
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