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This site is not an official website for the track shown here and is neither approved or endorsed by the speedway team.

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The California team raced at Longmoor Stadium which was situated near to Wokingham in Berkshire. They held their first match on 28th May 1933 and continued to operate as an Open team until War broke out in 1939.
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In the final meeting on 20th August 1939, prior to the outbreak of War, the California Cup was won by Bill Newell. 

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  Racing was slow to return after the War, but did eventually resume on 8th August 1948 when Open racing took place. The team eventually made it to the Southern Area League in 1954 and continued to race until 1957.
SP Key.JPG (26705 bytes) This section gives a comprehensive picture of the badges produced for the team throughout the ages, but only provides the briefest of glimpses of its history. For those wishing to read more widely we recommend a visit to

http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwgreyhoundd-21   especially

Complete History of the British League: Speedway

by Peter Oakes  ISBN-10: 0948882077

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FACT

The team were nicknamed 'The Poppies'

More detailed information is available from "Homes of British Speedway' by Robert Bamford & John Jarvis

A further great source of information is provided on John Skinners excellent website on Defunct Speedway tracks, with a link given below.
http://www.defunctspeedway.co.uk/California%20in%20England%20Speedway.htm

If you have rare California badges or artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net orjocksomerville@gmail.com

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