Only a small number of Speedway riders have ever had a career spanning quarter of a century. On Friday at Armadale Edinburgh superstar Peter Carr will celebrate reaching this mark along with 20 of his current fellow riders, plus some from the recent past, all friends from his time in the sport.

The meeting will be a four-team event leading into a Grand-Prix style knockout, and also featuring Past Master heats. Elite League stars Joe Screen and Steve Johnston, two of Peter's best friends, will be amongst the leading riders on show.

Carr first rode on shale in the late seventies at training schools at Belle Vue and Ellesmere Port, signing for the Ellesmere Port Gunners in 1979. He rode for the Gunners for three seasons, but was also having outings at Belle Vue. In 1982 Peter and brother Louis moved to the Manchester team in the British League in a remarkable double deal.

After three years with the Aces, Carr moved to Sheffield, and rode there until 1988 when they closed. For the next two seasons Peter rode in the National League at Newcastle, returning in 1991 to Sheffield when his cousin Cliff Carr took over as promoter.

He was back at Belle Vue for 1994, but bowed out during 1995, at which point it seemed his career was over. He had been British Under-21 Champion (1982), ridden in the British Final and represented England at home and in Australia.

It was a major surprise when he was talked out of retirement in 1997 to ride for Edinburgh (at the suggestion of Belle Vue promoter John Perrin). Carr's time with Edinburgh has been an astonishing success. He won the 1997 Premier League Riders' Championship, and assisted the team to win the KO Cup.

The Cup win was repeated in 1999, and throughout his seven seasons with the club Carr has provided countless thrills with his sensational style of racing. Statistically he has been incredible - 310 matches in all competitions for Monarchs, 83 maximums and 243 double figure returns with an overall average of 9.64 - a figure rarely achieved by any Edinburgh rider even in a single season.