It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so they say...
However we all know that isn’t strictly true, because last time I checked we were still around half way through the off season, meaning that it’s been the best part of three months since we heard the bikes roar, and it is around another three months until we hear them roar again.
Oh how I miss that sweet sweet smell...but unless Santa gets me a bottle of “Castrol R Eau De Toilette” I suspect I’m going to have to wait just a little bit longer.
That isn’t to say there haven’t been plenty of happenings in the speedway world, with the vast bulk of clubs confirming their line-ups for the 2020 season. There looks to be some strong teams out there but nothing is won on paper as we all know.
Of course as is tradition, I will be dissecting the Championship at great length with the annual Mythman Season Preview in the coming weeks as I look at the movers, shakers, hit makers, record breakers and potential risk takers in my usual nonsensical way.
That leads me on nicely to my next point...
As some of you may already be aware, I was recently a guest on the Fan Zone section of the Talk Speedway Podcast presented by Scott Frame and Graham Muncie, where it was confirmed that I would be joining the guys as correspondent for all things Championship in 2020.
Firstly I would like to thank Scott and Graham for the opportunity and secondly if you haven’t heard the podcast, give it a listen as it really is worth it. It is probably best described as a light hearted look at our great sport with the likes of Scott Nicholls, Danny King and Kyle Howarth among others as guest so far.
The Talk Speedway Podcast can be found virtually everywhere podcasts are available and with the opportunity I have been given it allows me to bore everyone in print, digitally and in spoken word...what’s not to like about that!?
In all seriousness I am really looking forward to getting stuck in and talking all things speedway with the guys and hopefully once the nerves settle a little I will hopefully find my groove and grow into the role.
Also and if anyone has any 50 pence pieces they wish to donate for the “Bandits Swear Jar” they would be very gratefully received!
So what else is fresh I hear you cry?
Well as was confirmed at the Bandits Christmas Party there will be extensive work carried out on the Shielfield Park circuit in order to provide better racing and more entertainment for the fans.
Hearing Jamie Courtney speak in great detail about the sheer lengths that have been gone to in order to make this happen just shows that our promotion are forward thinking and fully committed to the needs and wants of the fans. It would also be fair to say that a huge thanks should be given to Berwick Rangers for their cooperation in the matter too.
So with a wider track providing more racing room and more of a natural racing line upon entry to the bends coming in the future, Shielfield Park has the potential to become one of the finest racetracks in the country. If you don't believe me ask Kelvin Tatum, who was quoted as saying that a little extra room would be all it would take to provide better racing.
Say what you like about Kelvin, the guy knows what he is talking about and this news has me excited for the coming season at Shielfield.
Talking of which, I can also confirm that the Mythman will be once again gracing the pages of the match programme in 2020, for which I am ever grateful and I cannot wait to get started! Turns out that when it comes to programme contributors and the likes that averages and points limits don't really pose too much of an issue!
In saying that a heat leader trio of Barrie, Dodds and Black really should strike fear into everyone, right?
All that is left for me to say is that I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful Christmas, may your new year be a prosperous one and I will see you in 2020!
Of course if you wish to agree, or disagree with the Mythman, have an idea for a feature, or you simply want to chew the fat over all things speedway, you can email me email@example.com or get in touch via the JB Speedway Media Facebook page. If your compliments, or indeed gripes can be contained to limited characters, you can send me a tweet @Mythman666.
Until next time...and there will be a next time.
Right I’ll hae’tae gan