Vic Harding Memorial
The Stars Win a Trophy - 11th June 2004
Yes! The "Stars" took to the track once again at Weymouth, scene of their only away league win,
way back in 1974. This time they contested the Vic Harding Memorial Trophy, a three team event
featuring Weymouth, Hackney and Sunderland.
The scores were, Weymouth 20pts, Hackney 25pts and Sunderland 25pts, with the scores level,
it came down to race wins and Sunderland were adjudged to be the winners. So it was a very
surprised and delighted Bob Ferry who was presented with the Trophy by team manager for the
night, George Barclay, the former Stars favourite way back in the seventies.
The Sunderland team were represented by Chris Ferguson, Carl Warwick, Karlis Ezergailis and
young riders rode
their hearts out for
the team, and wore
the red and white of
pride and passion,
"Well done lads"
The lads were within an inch of winning the meeting outright, robbed by
two late disqualifications in their last two heats, one was a most
contentious decision. Young Chris Ferguson who was on a maximum,
was leading when he locked-up on a dodgy track, he recovered without
losing first place, however the second place rider had laid down his machine, at which point the ref stopped the race,
blaming Ferguson for causing the stoppage, even though he hadn't touched the following rider. The other exclusion was
perhaps understandable, as the Karlis Ezergailis tussled with Chris Courage for the lead, unfortunately they both came
The meeting was arranged by Hackney speedway fans, Paul Tadman and Chris Fenn, we would like to express our
sincere gratitude to them for giving us the chance to see the Sunderland race jackets in action once more. Special
thanks must also go to Brian White and Weymouth Speedway for holding this event, and for making us so welcome
after our long trip down to the South coast.
So Sunderland are unbeaten after Paul Macllvaney brought them back to earn a draw in the Tyne and Wear meeting
held at Newcastle last year, and now at Weymouth. That's a better start than we made in the 64 and 71 !!!!! We thank
Paul Macllvaney for the loan of his "Stars" race jackets used at Weymouth, who knows we may see them in action
again in the future.
Also it was nice to meet up with Vic Harding's sister Beverly, she was there with her Mother and other members of her
family. They thanked us for remembering Vic so long after he raced for Sunderland. No we haven't forgotten the "Canvey
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