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    Statement from Steve Rees I am reading the responses, some creative, some speculative and some opinion based on zero fact. Then are added totally abstract opinions on what happened at Mildenhall, unconnected, and extremely complicated and, in fact still going on the Court of Human Right's. Thus far we have keep all updated based upon FACT and not speculation - an honest update as to where and how the project is proceeding which has been quite a lot of work to date. In summary: 1.A detailed proposal was sent by me to the RFL in April - with projections and a request for discussion 2.This received a response very promptly and within 10 days the first discussion took place 3.Following that I submitted a more detailed 9 page business plan 4.That resulted in a further telecon after that had been digested 5.Following that followed another document that went into event more detail, budgets, 16 week delivery plan etc. 6.The project has been 'thoroughly' planned and costed and key individuals within our sport have been involved an consulted to ensure it's 'right' and another 9 page review after a site visit was completed and sent last Friday to the RFL 7.This Saturday, we received a further e-mail from the RFL which was encouraging and the RFL are considering. I will not betray confidences in actual content, they are not for public scrutiny as at some time may become contractual obligation. We now sit patiently for a further hopefully next step meeting. For our part we have completed ALL we can at this stage, a fully costed and workable plan - It is now to be elevated to the next level for further due diligence to commence - We know how much it will cost, we have a delivery plan and contractors, a projection for income and expenses [ albeit some expenses may not be concluded until we reach final agreements, however major ones 'in principle' have ] If we get to a further phase, then there will be more work to undertake as part of due diligence. Stock Cars & Speedway have a certificate of Lawful use, and I have put a team together to do this properly stepping forward, one of the team has vast experience of Odsal and council contacts and he has been delegated at the appropriate time to discuss the plans with Bradford council and any issues they may perceive or precipitate to resolve. There is a huge influx of opinion and comparisons to Mildenhall that, actually, are not really relevent here, but, be assured at the next stage, all will be checked out as we did in 2013 [ at a time planning had already been submitted for the housing project ] - it was green lighted to go in August 2013 We have no intention of taking any loans out - they have to be repaid and quite simply if we did not have sufficient liquidity, we would not be looking into doing it - However, a major risk at our time of life as we will be using funds we would hope to be using for retirement - and indeed living on now during a period of fixed expenses v ZERO income However, we have quite exciting and plans which at the appropriate time will be released which will offer value for money at different levels. This IS a business. It's thought through properly, every step of the way has been measured and NOT speculative and at ALL times we have identified the possibility that for any one of several reasons, this plan may not succeed for elements outside our jurisdiction. That's as far as it is in factual bullet points. We very much value the genuine support but get disappointed at the speculation and at times negativity / personal content of some opinion, it is unhelpful given that such may be read by a much wider audience. Let's take it as it evolves. The only reasons it may fail 1. The RFL cannot conclude that re -opening Odsal Stadium is unviable for Rugby League [ It cannot survive on motorsport alone ] which sadly may leave no other alternative than to consider redevelopment proposals. That is NOT the message coming across and we are 'discussing' a 10 year lease as a requirement 2. The stadium plans to run concerts, it has continued with Monster Trucks & Fireworks, we do not envisage 'planning issues' but this will be robustly checked at the appropriate time, we believe documentation to hand is correct BUT we would not proceed further until scrupulously consulted upon. 3. Coronavirus and when a likelihood of crowds being allowed back has also to be a consideration for ourselves and RFL and built into any plan and timing. I hope the above provides a thorough update on the project and tempers further speculation. When 'we know' the next step, as we have already kept people fully informed, we will then advise you. If there is something to learn for the future, we will not comment on anything that we may be looking at that, if for reasons that things conclude cannot happen, may not then be viewed as 'failure' or comparisons drawn. We are VERY proud of our involvement in the sport and loved 95% of it, the other 5% sadly we cannot do anything about,. If it wasn't for passion, we could quite happily [ and still ] melt away into retirement obscurity 'thank you very much' - This is not about 'money' it's about legacy and leaving something behind but, unashamedly, if Jackie and I are going to take risk at our time of life, we owe it to ourselves to ensure we get it back and as custodians, it is viable to continue. The big question for ALL to consider IS why so few want to pursue new opportunity, in past that can be answered in investment v return v risk and the dynamics of the business. Oval racing has a robust future, but ALL should encourage any and every effort rather than disingenuously raise opinions that, if I am honest, are making us think twice. The only factor is that we understand it's an absolute minority that do not speak for the majority. Being absolutely candid and NO inference to the moderators handling of the site - until specifically directed to it in the last two weeks I happily had not been on it for, what 6 months and before that, rarely and up to know it that absence had restored my passion without getting depressed at the detritus. If that causes offence to a minority, sorry but it is fact. Our sport has a future, everyone from top to bottom is affected by the current issues, not all will sadly survive. More than ever, social media and it's power should be used in a positive manner to keep our family together. With Bradford, going back to late January, it had been our intent to keep ALL below the radar however the conduit we had between us and the RFL at the time was also a journalist as well as speedway fan. Despite a request to keep it low key whilst we made baby steps, it suddenly was revealed [ prematurely at that time ] in Yorkshire Post, T&A and Speedway Star which let the genie out of the bottle to which then we had to comment and update because we are transparent. Had it not been 'announced' I doubt we would be talking about it - yet, until we could confirm it was a goer - BUT we are not always in control of our destiny on certain things. God willing, we will continue the miles to try and bring this to completion. If we fail, we fail and you will be informed of the reasons. A previous post, disingenuously, remarked on tracks we had opened and tracks we failed upon leading to us, in my view having to fully justify. However quickly by that narrative we had AT LEAST succeeded in 50% which is not a bad ratio. As the sadly the late Caroline Flack said, 'Be Kind' - if you cannot, think about saying it. We need to support each other rather than speculating and putting conditions on potential support that has not even been asked for. Keep the faith
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    Bradford

    Statement from Steve Rees Read a thread on Stoxnet with interest and it is encouraging to see the enthusiasm. I have to take a little exception to Peter Loix 'let's hope it's not hot air' - That offends a little because define 'Hot air' ?????? Every year since 1997 Odsal with regular monotony comes up and the only one that has gone the yards, firstly in 2003, 2006.2010 and then 'almost' got there in 2013 until OK Bulls went bust, is us! I estimate we have put in excess of 100 personal hours into this, e-mails,telecons, business plans and, most recently a site visit with several from within and outside the sport so I would guess if all chargeable rather than 'free' I have expended £3-4k on this proposal, a fully costed proposal / business plan and, following the visit and tidying more outstanding questions - a proposal that will be viable as part of a 10 year plan now exists and, together with a forensic feedback from Thursdays evaluation on site meeting, now is in the hands of the RFL. Startrax have stepped up to the plate and the public request last year from the RFL for users interested in operating at Odsal to contact them. We did and progressed now to a point where the next step is firmly in the RFL court to make a decision. We have absolutely no control over that destiny. This is a big stadium cost wise to operate. The Bulls temporary move to Dewsbury was basically to survive because Odsal was too expensive limited to Rugby. The RFL now have a difficult and history making decision to make and in conjunction with the Bulls. The revenue stream projected for Odsal must see the Bulls costs drop for them to be interested in coming back - those are RFL matters not ours. There may be a reluctant alternative if viability cannot be found, redevelopment, it IS as far as I can see, the only other option and after a few more years dormant, too costly to bring back. Therefore, as I have gone at pains to explain in updates to keep everyone informed of progress, despite the work, there are no guarantees that combined it will be viable, on that basis, eventually the project may fail. If it fails, then that will not be due to 'hot air' as a plan has been submitted, it will fail on overall viability and RFL not returning, basically that will be the definitive end of Odsal. However, it may also get a green light and it will be open for Spring 2021. If it fails, I have no regrets about the work input and it will have only failed on overall viability. The RFL, Bradford Bulls and the stadium is a business. Reality is this stadium cannot survive on motorsport alone. I must thank the RFL for allowing us the opportunity to actually put a plan forward for them to consider. We will have the answer by September at the latest, or as soon as we have a decision or further progress. At 60 years of age, £300k investment and the stress and risk, spare a thought, how much do I need this personally, It is a risk and will also take a few years, not meetings to payback and a lengthy commitment. The reason, passion and love of the sport, it's not money, that is important for the wheels to turn, it's about creating something that hopefully will be a legacy. The major problem with stadium,arena events etc is 'risk' and our sport is no different, it is risky, weather dependant and outside influences - and if something goes seriously wrong, you can go to prison! Hence despite often used phrases of 'cartels' etc, realistically it is about 'survival' and there is no queu of wannabee promoters, but respectfully there are those who think promoters make huge sums so when tracks close, expect others like existing promoters to magically step in with their financial resources to save venues. Why would anyone think that could happen, in most cases venues close because they are worth more for redevelopment than the general small revenue they produce. Its like Morrisons struggling and suggesting Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's step in to bail it out. The sport has changed very much and evolved from big stadiums, basically greyhound venues with that sport as the main commercial justification to, as those have gone, smaller, often owned and unlikely to be attractive redevelopment wise and smaller scale that fit todays scaled down requirements. Let's be positive, there are still those prepared to take a calculated gamble. The sport will survive but neither do not underestimate the crippling consequences of Covid 19 and the longer term consequences that will last for some time to recover from. As an individual promotion, we have got off our backside to try and 'look' elsewhere, Leicester has only 'stalled' in awaiting a decision as to how the next step re planning is to be progressed. As a team we visited Leicester late October, measured it, heartened by considerable local support re installation. Conceptually, rope and post fence, reached agreement in concept with the Speedway promoter who holds the sub lease and the head leaseholder [ we have copy e-mails was supportive on the basis it would help speedway. However his team wanted to deal with the planning, fair enough but up to February, excruciatingly slow - therefore we parked it to try and look at 2021 which was where it remained in February. We then went into March and the position we are in and the Odsal possibilities also arose, that was then our 'focus' as possibly tangible. We have another site to 'explore' if Odsal fails and we have an optimism for this as a plan B as executable before a possible C in revisiting Leicester, the latter option actually being more affordable as it would be an up and down rope and post fence. Again, there is no guarantee that this may ever getting planning permission until we try - Fantastic banked and massive track, super and tidy well maintained stadium , credit to the hard work of David Helmsley. Subject to planning a fantastic and spacious pit area could be created, parking would be tight and similar to Birmingham. It ticks many,many boxes and we would love the opportunity to move another step forward and 'test' what the planning obstacles may well be. It may be declined - but it may be approved, it's the only way forward, to measure the speculative cost v the benefit, not all will succeed and this also may not. You will never know unless you knock on the door! That creates not only possible options but one in ten may turn into opportunity and that's where persistence matters! Numbers game and passion. At the moment we still have the desire, others need the same. At the moment with all that's been going on, the last 2 years have probably been the worst of our life and 27 years. We spent 18 months fighting planning at Belle Vue, it consumed considerable time, effort, so much it affected our attention a bit from the main core business, we put up an excellent fight but sadly lost the fight against redevelopment and, as we sit here and with the Covid 19 we are no clearer on the future as to IF, when it will go. At £275k ish rent and £50k ish plus rates will it survive ? Unknown. Thankfully Sheffield is very safe in the medium and long term, hence our increasing commitment to it. Dave Perry & A&S Leisure are investors and not developers. We lost Stoke, a shock but not a surprise though. Generally 'unloved' attracted a lot of critique and it's mere existence over the last 12 years in particular has been driven to make it survive motivated by 'care' and 'passion' by Dave and myself - certainly not based on generating revenue to go to the Bahamas! For me personally against this backdrop and the devastating Covid 19 consequences, in many respects, not in a good place - We had intended 'retirement' in an ideal world at the end of the year. But we have remained driven for our F1 passion to 'not give up'. Therefore, I am a bit vulnerable to quips at the moment. For a bit of self indulgence - and perhaps to look at promoters with a bit more generosity in all settings, it is a fight. I will be arrogant but still going to say it - We came into this role in 1994/5, undercapitalised [ under funded ] as a fan and ex driver but - and most respectfully, if we hadn't stumbled into this because of that passion, racing in the North would have vanished more than 20 years ago! We came in at Bolton in 1995 and kept it alive for 2 years which would have been much longer had the owners not sold the stadium and due to previous promoters actions, had to pay a £10k bond! Being nieve and green, we then became gung ho and bought Stoke [ which had been a graveyard for promoters since 1973 - but hell, we had enthusiasm, a magic potion and ended up serving 16 years at the stadium, not learning first time round, came back for a second go in 2011! Bammy was closing Odsal in 1995, again, gung ho we bought that off Bammy and had two successful years which did return the investment and, 1998 onwards would have been profitable, but out of the blue, it was to close for 2 years for Superdome [ sustainable - we were planned to return ] to be closed fully! We invested considerably in re opening Sheffield at the end of 1996 - without that, would it be there now ? We tried and got screwed at Workington - lessons painfully learnt and we tried to resurrect Hartlepool and proud that we did run one F1 meeting there in 96 and equally proud we took F1's to Barford for a one off 18 years ago. We opened Belle Vue as a risk and at considerable cost, it originally was only granted planning permission for one year and five events, HUGE gamble - Proud that it has completed 21 years, more than even Nelson and many other tracks, god willing it may have more in the tank. We took on Swindon, invested and had there not developed alternate uses, get we would still be there. We ran several successful seasons for non F1 at Coventry - a huge blow to lose that in 2016, we were running as many if not slightly more than F1s at Cov! We have huge pride in running our 2014 WF there and several other well supported F1 events So, in our timespan, I believe our commitment total - Our sport is one where we all have to combine, one team that moves together and shares responsibility, we have stepped up the plate and in these difficult times we all must do so. The passion remains, as long as it does, I would like to believe F1 will move forward well. In ending, Jackie and I thank everyone that has generously provided encouragement with regards Odsal - speedway and stock cars. If we can do, we will, if it cannot be done we will move on to something else pretty quickly, at 60 not too many years left LOL Steve Rees
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  6. Welcome back and thank you for your patience. As you can see, we have the forum back, and will get the galleries back soon. Unfortunately linking the two is proving to be every bit as difficult as we feared, rather than being as easy as we had hoped.
  7. If anyone can help Cameron but they aren't a member of Stoxnet, then send an email to admin@stoxnet.com and we'll forward it on to him.
  8. The winner of Personality Of The Year is MARK SARGENT Congratulations, Sarge!
  9. Stoxnet will not be available for some time due to a software upgrade.
  10. The nominations are Russell CooperMark SargentPaul HarrisonCalamity JaneVoting is on here, and also on Stoxnet's Facebook page, and Nige's Twitter. If you're not a member of Stoxnet and don't have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can email you votes to admin@stoxnet.com
  11. The nominations for Personality Of The Year 2019.
  12. The winners are Best Presented Team Team Harrhy 79% of the vote Best Presented Car 45 50% of the vote Best Drive 45 Nigel Harrhy, Heat 1, King's Lynn, 19th October 55% of the vote Best Blog Nigel Harrhy 58% of the vote Best Transporter Team Harrhy's truck and trailer combo 53% of the vote Best Overalls Nigel Harrhy 58% of the vote Best DJ at a meeting DJakey 66% of the vote Best Documentary on Clutch/Gearbox Disassembly Nigel Harrhy (45) 78% of the vote Best Photo Photo A (Team Harrhy line up) 55% of the vote Congratulations to all the winners!
  13. The season is now over and it's time for our members to vote in the 2019 Stoxnet Awards. The categories and nominations are as follows Best Presented Team Team HarrhyNige & Jake HarrhyTeam 45 & 345Best Presented Car45Nigel HarrhyNumber 45 (Nigel Harrhy)Best Drive45 Nigel Harrhy, Heat 1, King's Lynn, 19th OctoberNigel Harrhy's win in Heat 1 at King's Lynn in October.Nige's heat win at K.L.Best BlogNigel HarrhyNigeStoxnet - Nigel HBest TransporterTeam Harrhy's truck and trailer comboTeam Harrhy's trailer and truck comboTeam Harrhy's truck (without trailer)Best OverallsNigel Harrhy#45NigeBest DJDJakeyJake HarrhyJakeyBest Documentary on Clutch/Gearbox DisassemblyNigel Harrhy (45)Nigel HNige 45Best Photo Photo A Photo B Photo C Voting will close at the end of the month.
  14. Statement on behalf of BriSCA / BSCDA / ORCi & BMB On behalf of our sport, we join our community in being shocked, saddened and numbed following a tragic accident at Birmingham Wheels last night involving an esteemed friend, ambassador and huge and valued supporter of our sport. Sadly, Mr Colin North passed away yesterday evening, 16th November following a tragic accident. As you would understand, those directly involved are shocked and numbed. Today our thoughts and condolences are with Colin's family and very many friends within a wide range of communities, particularly oval racing and Speedway where, over many years, Colin, a gentleman in every sense of the word and a man of huge integrity was more than a valued sponsor, indeed a 'friend, patron and ambassador' for our sport. At this time it really is difficult for us to put into words our sadness at this tragic loss.. "We are co-operating fully with the Police and Health and Safety Executive who are investigating this tragic accident. Further information will be provided in due course but at this stage in the investigation it is inappropriate for us to comment further and we will not do so."
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    Colin North

    We are shocked and saddened by the news that long time F1 fan and sponsor Colin North has passed away after a tragic accident at Birmingham last night. CCK
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