SPEEDWAY: Wildcats' fans still hopeful of finding new home

Dorset Echo: LAST OUTING: Weymouth Wildcats, from left: Tim Allan (team manager), Jay Herne, Brendan Johnson, Richard Andrews and Danny Stoneman LAST OUTING: Weymouth Wildcats, from left: Tim Allan (team manager), Jay Herne, Brendan Johnson, Richard Andrews and Danny Stoneman

WEYMOUTH Wildcats won’t be tracking a side this summer.

Despite being homeless, the res-ort’s speedway team has managed to race a handful of times since its Wessex Stadium track was closed in 2010.

The side’s last action came in a challenge match at Plymouth two years ago but plans to race again this season have been shelved.

Tim Allan, pictured, former Wild-cats’ track announcer and one of a group of die-hard fans hoping to find a new home for the club in the resort, explained: “It was always our intention to keep the Wildcats’ name in the public eye by racing in challenge fixtures from time to time.

“We have had a few since the Wessex Stadium closed and they have been successful and kept the flag flying.

“Unfortunately, those of us who have been trying to keep the club alive have all been very busy of late and I personally have a huge workload on within my own business. That has meant putting things on the back burner for now, which is a shame.

“But arranging fixtures and riders is a time-consuming activity but hopefully things will calm down over the winter allowing me more time to devote to speedway.”

Meanwhile, the search for a new home for the nomadic Wildcats continues, despite a number of set backs and disappointments.

“The search goes on”, added Allan, “and I think it always will. There might not be much to say publically but there are a dedicated group of supporters in Weymouth who are always looking, listening and keeping their ears to the ground.

“Our hopes have been raised a few times only to be shattered but we battle on and keep searching for that ideal venue. Weymouth is and always will be a speedway town and we will continue to work hard to bring the Wildcats back.

“When you look around the town and see all the visitors along the seafront, it’s a crying shame that they don’t have the added attraction of speedway to enjoy during their stay.”

He added: “So anyone who can help us or who has or knows of a suitable venue, we’d be delighted to hear from you.”

Club contacts can be found on the Weymouth Wildcats website at weymouthwildcats.co.uk

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5:13pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Top Gear says...

Too many NIMBY's that will always protest. Such a shame. They could race in my back garden if it was big enough. Hope you find a new home soon.
Too many NIMBY's that will always protest. Such a shame. They could race in my back garden if it was big enough. Hope you find a new home soon. Top Gear
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10:32am Sun 15 Jun 14

gameon says...

Such a Shame that our old track is still there laying dormant when The wildcats could have still been racing there for the last is it 2010 the last meeting ? There were no winners in the closure by Mr Curtis of the racetrack including himself , yes he has put in for development but has he got it when for the last four years he could have collected a revenue for leasing the raceway We the Fans ,The Holiday makers , The Town have all lost out .As Tim Allan says Weymouth is a speedway town Lets hope someone has a venue reasonably local where The Wildcats can race again they are sadly missed or is it conceivable That Mr Curtis could be approached again with a business proposal to lease the raceway back again we all live in hope .
Such a Shame that our old track is still there laying dormant when The wildcats could have still been racing there for the last is it 2010 the last meeting ? There were no winners in the closure by Mr Curtis of the racetrack including himself , yes he has put in for development but has he got it when for the last four years he could have collected a revenue for leasing the raceway We the Fans ,The Holiday makers , The Town have all lost out .As Tim Allan says Weymouth is a speedway town Lets hope someone has a venue reasonably local where The Wildcats can race again they are sadly missed or is it conceivable That Mr Curtis could be approached again with a business proposal to lease the raceway back again we all live in hope . gameon
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