The Oxford Silver Machine face their oldest enemy this Friday, July 23rd, 2004 when they take on the Swindon Robins in Elite League action at Oxford Stadium. The meeting is sponsored by Oxford Harley Davidson and there will be a parade of riders and Harley Davidson's at 7.30pm with the first race scheduled for 7.45pm.

The meeting has special significance as it will mark the 55th anniversary of the date that the two teams first met, when the Oxford 'Cheetahs' travelled to Blunsdon for Swindon's first ever speedway meeting, with Oxford running out eventual winners. To mark the occasion ex Oxford and Swindon Press Officer Glynn Shailes, along with Pete Seaton, has invited a host of former riders to celebrate the anniversary.

A few highlights include double World Champion Freddie Williams as well as Oxford all time highest points scorer, Ronnie Genz. Add to that the likes of Bob 'Killer' Kilby, Mike Broadbanks, Ron How, Jimmy Gooch and you can see that it will be a real celebration for both sets of fans.

On track the stakes could not be higher as Oxford continue their push for a top five play off spot, where only a win will do. Oxford have been handed a boost with the news that Greg Hancock will return to the side, although he will now line up at number five. There will be no Jonas Davidsson, as this weekend sees the semi finals of the World under 21 Championships, and his place will be taken by Tom P Madsen.

For Swindon, they will be at full strength and that means a track return for Australian Leigh Adams and also last years rider of the year Charlie Gjedde and the ever popular Steve Johnston.

A party atmosphere is guaranteed as well as some hot track action and with a large crowd expected the advice to everyone is get their as early as possible. The restaurant will also be open and anyone who wishes to book their place should call 01606 670461 as soon as possible.

 

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