A NEW podcast series has been launched as former riders and management of the Coventry Bees reflect on their time at the club.
With the fight to bring motorsports back to the iconic Brandon Stadium as strong as ever, lifelong Bees fan Martin Coleman has already been in contact with several personalities.
The first episode, featuring club stalwart Stuart Robson, has been released in time for Christmas, and several other guests are lined up for the New Year.
Martin is a highly knowledgeable Bees fan having experienced time both on the terraces and in the pits, and his father Mick spent a number of years as track curator at Brandon.
He said: “I’m a huge speedway fan, and I have been ever since my parents took me to watch the Coventry Bees when I was a child.
“Speedway formed a massive part of my life for 35 years, and it’s not an exaggeration to say the hole left by the closure of Brandon was bigger than I ever thought it would be.
“Although I’ve been to other tracks to watch this great sport, nothing ever comes close to watching the team in the yellow and black leathers roar around that beloved place – and I know I’m not alone.
“There’s a team of people led by Jeff Davies who are taking an incredible fight towards the current owners of our stadium, and this group are doing a great job of keeping the name alive.
“One night back in November I thought it would be great to try and get some memories of those who provided us with so much entertainment over the years, and something to help us keep the Bees firmly in our minds and thoughts as the fight to return continues.
“The plan is to try to add a new podcast every fortnight, and see how things go from there, but it’s fair to say the initial response has been great.”
Names already confirmed for the podcast along with Robson, who was one of a select group to be awarded a Testimonial at Brandon, are riders Andy Hackett, Shaun Tacey, Rory Schlein, Darren Spicer, Jacob Olsen and Martin Smolinski, and title-winning managers Alun Rossiter (who also had a season racing for the club) and Peter Oakes.
The opening podcast is available via the following link: