Riis Speedway

Facts:
Track name: Riis Speedway
Track owner: Vejle Motor Sport
Track address: Riis pr. Givskud DK 7323 Give
Length: 333 m.
Track surface: Cinders
Straigth width: 10 m.
Bends width: 13,5 m.
Opened year/date: May 19. 1955
Closed year/date: April 12. 1959

Riis is a very little village located approx. 20 km. northwest of the larger town Vejle at the old A18 road between Vejle and Herning, nowadays route No. 442.
Vejle Motor Sport ran from 1955 through 1959 a speedway there, which was the home track for club’s team named Team Australia in the Danish Speedway Tournament. The name of the team referred to Hotel Australia in midtown Vejle. No meetings of greater significance like international or Danish Championships have been recorded. Nevertheless the meetings usually attracted 4- to 5.000 fans.

Kort Riit.jpgPå dette affotografede grundkort ses en bid af landsbyen Riis på hovedvej 18 mellem Vejle og Givskud og motorbanens placering lidt vest for landsbyen

To keep the construction costs below DKK 7.000 the members of the club gav a vast, yet unknon number of . voluntary  working hours. Only the most specialized work was left to professional engine power. This in particular was buildning of the bankns for the spectators, where a bulldozer was needed. See picture below.

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Other technical equipment was a since long time discarded and  worn out lorry, proudly named "Queen of the Moor", which lacked both the bonnet and a door in the cabin  Although somewhat astmatic she managed most transportation of the great heaps of soil that needed to be moved. 
The track was laid out on a hired site of approx. 33.000 m2 of uncultivated moorland. Samples showed that the gruond was hard and gave an ideal base for a top layer of cinders, apart from a soft spot that needed to be digged deeper and filled with clay to stabilize it.

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Programmerne på Riis banen var ikke altid de mest spændende, Men alligevel trak dette løb i oktober 1955 4000 tilskuere.

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Sidecars in close fight on Riis Speedway

Between 1955 and 1957 Vejle Motor Sport had to share the public attendance with the motor club "Speed" in Vejle, who ran a track at the Traedballe Inn due west and just outside Vejle town Vejle Motor Sport of today is fully focussed on automobile sport.

Some selected results:

May 19. 1955, Inauguration meeting:
The weather was wt and cold. Nevertheless 4000 spectators attended the meeting. The rain made the track deep and difficult, but only a couple of harmless falls occured. The riders did not save the throttle but gave the fans a good show. t
Results.
Expert 500 cc 
1. Erhardt Fisker, Copenhagen.
2. Aksel Müller, Århus
The riders tied on points, but Fisker was with a1,24,0 min. track record  0,1 sec. faster. 
Jorgen Stabirk, Copenhagen. retired with engine failure.

Special 500 cc.
1. Henning Serup Olsen, Vejle
2. Leif Laursen,                Kolding 
Egon Nielsen, Horsens crashed and retired

Senior sport 500 cc
1. Knud Nielsen,               Århus
2. Børge Mørck,               Kolding

Junior sport 500 cc
1. Niels Wissing,              Vejle
2. Daniel Nielsen,            Vejle

Sidecars
1. Villy Baasch,                Odense
2. Harry Pedersen,           Århus.

 

July 24,  1955. Jutland Championships qualification:
7000 fans went through the turnstiles . Drama began already in heat 2, Egon Nielsen from Horsens and Kaj Jensen from Viborg collided and fell. The Vejle rider Daniel Nielsen, coming from behind hit the fallen bikes and fell too.
Then the line was laid and through the rest of the day no less than ten more fall occured, luckily without peresnal injuries. One of those who stayed on the wheels was Arne Pander from Herning,who outstandingly was able to cut 5,5 seconds of Erhardt Fisker's track record and set a new on 1,18,5.min.
Results.
Special 500 cc.
1. Arne Pander,               Herning  12 point
2. Jeppe Ussing,              Borkop  11 point
3. Henry Kjaergaard,       Skive       8 point

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Special 500 cc in the bend.

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The track fence did not provide too much safety.

Sportsklasse 350 cc.
1. Ib Nielsen,                    Skive     14 point
2. Harry Hansen,              Viborg   12 point
3. Henry Kjaergaard,        Skive     10 point

Sidecars:
1. Kresten Kristensen,      Århus
2. Harry Pedersen,           Århus
3. Erik Dalsgaard,            Vejle

Handicap
1. Harry Hansen,              Århus
2. Chr. Christensen,         Ålborg
3. Ib Nielsen,                    Skive

 

May 6. 1956.

Special 500 cc.
1.  Aksel Müller                              11 point.  
2.  Jeppe Ussing                            10 point.  
3.  Hans Otto Nielsen                       6 point.  
4.  Henry Kjærgaard                        3 point.  
5.  Robert Jandriska                         0 point. 

Special B 500 cc.
1.  Leif Laursen                              10 point.  
2.  Henning Serup Olesen               9 point.  
3.  Tage Hansen                              7 point.  
4.  Kaj Jensen                                  4 point. 
5.  J. Momme Petersen                    0 point. 

Senior Std. 500 cc.
1.  Soeren Juul                              12 point.  
2.  Jorgen Jensen                            8 point.  
3.  Johannes Nedergaard                4 point.  
4.  O. Kilstofte Jensen                     4 point.  
5.  Niels Wissing                              2 point. 

Junior Std. 500 cc.
1.  Bent Kjeldsen                            10 point.  
2.  Erik Bob Jensen                          8 point.  
3.  Poul Sorensen                            6 point.  
4.  Daniel Nielsen                             2 point.  
5.  Vagn Stevnhoved                        1 point.  
6.  Jorn Vincent                                0 point. 

Senior Std. 350 cc.
1.  Soeren Juul                                6 point.  
2.  Henry Kjaergaard                        6 point.  
3.  Harry Hansen                              6 point.  
4.  Elman Olsen                               2 point. 
5.  Ove Floor                                    0 point. 

Sidecars 500 cc.
1.  Willy Baasch/Preben Larsen                           6 point. 
2.  Harry Pedersen/Henning Krogh                      4 point.  
3.  Kaj Voigt/ Robert Jorgensen                         1½point.  
4.  Erik V. Andersen/Borge Madsen                    ½ point. 

 

September30.  1956:

Ekspert 500 cc.
1.  Arne Pander                                8 point.  
2.  Erik Wincentz                              5 point.  
3.  Aksel Müller                                3 point.  
4.  Jørgen Stabirk                             0 point. 

Special 500 cc.
1.  J. Momme Petersen                    9 point.  
2.  Gunnar Spitfejer                          8 point.  
3.  E. Jørgensen                              6 point.  
4.  Hans E. Hansen                         3 point.  
5.  Mogens Jensen                           0 point. 

Senior Std. 500 cc.
1.  Soeren Juul                               14 point. 
2.  H. P. Boisen                              12 point.  
3.  Borge Morck                             10 point. 
4.  Bent Thomsen                            7 point.  
5.  Bent Kjeldsen                             2 point. 
6.  O. Kilstofte Jensen                     2 point. 

Junior Std. 500 cc.
2.  Per E. Jorgensen                     10 point.  
3.  Etlar Faurholt                              8 point.  
4.  Knud Pedersen                           8 point.  
5.  Preben Larsen                            5 point.  
6.  Arne Pedersen                           0 point. 

Sidecars 500 cc.
1.  Willy Baasch/Preben Larsen                           9 point.  
2.  H.C. Callesen/Heinz Hemann                         4 point.  
3.  Gutfeld Lehd/ Kurt Skov                                  4 point.  
4.  Erik V. Andersen/Børge Madsen                     1 point. 

Sidecars 650 cc.
1.  Erik Bob Jensen/Preben Mortensen               6 point.  
2.  Erik From/Preben Petersen                            6 point.  
3.  Kaj Uffe v. Qualen/ Kurt Skov                         3 point.  
4.  Kaj Voigt/Robert Jørgensen                            3 point. 

Handicap Std.
1. Børge Mørck.
2. H. P. Boisen.
3. Bent Thomsen.

April 22. 1957:
League team meeting:
 Australia  Vejle       28 point.
Fynboerne Odense 26 point.

Senior Std. 500 cc.
1.  Arne Svendsen                           7 point.  
2.  Bent Kjeldsen                              5 point.  
3.  Søren Juul                                  4 point.  
4.  Bent Svenningsen                      2 point.  
5.  Henry Kjærgaard                        0 point. 

Sidecars 500 cc.
1.  Harry Pedersen/Henning Krogh                      5 point. 
2.  Willy Baasch/Preben Larsen                           4 point.  
3.  Kaj Voigt/Robert Jorgensen                            2 point.  
4.  Kaj Uffe v. Qualen/ Svend Hansen                 1 point. 

June 16.  1957:

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The newspaper wrote, that the track was dangerous, because it was short, and the bends were narrow. The punchline above tells there were only 3 falls. The riders were not affected. This may be a poorly hidden hint, that the races were not very exiting.

Senior Special 500 cc.
1.  Aksel Müller                              12 point.  
2.  Leif Laursen                                8 point. 
3.  Tage Hansen                              7 point.  
4.  J. Momme Petersen                   2 point.  
5.  Gunnar Spitfejer                         1 point. 

Junior Special 500 cc.
1.  Svend Nielsen                          12 point.  
2.  Hans E. Hansen                         9 point.  
3.  Kristen Karger                             4 point.  
4.  Ejner Mikkelsen                          3 point.  
5.  Mogens Jensen                          1 point. 

Senior Std. 500 cc.
1.  H. P. Boisen                             10 point.  
2.  Soeren Juul                              10 point.  
3.  Bent Thomsen                            6 point.  
4.  Bent Kjeldsen                             4 point. 

Junior Std. A 500 cc.
1.  Th. Thomsen                            10 point.  
2.  Etlar Faurholt                              9 point.  
3.  Knud Pedersen                           6 point.  
4.  Egon Jacobsen                           3 point.  
5.  Preben Larsen                            2 point. 

Junior Std. B 500 cc.
1.  Preben Bollerup                        10 point.  
2.  Jorn. Sorensen                           9 point.  
3.  Knud Nielsen                              6 point.  
4.  Ove B. Svendsen                       3 point.  
5.  Jens Jensen                               2 point. 

Sidecars 650 cc.
1.  H. C. Callesen/Ludvig Schmidt                       7 point.  
2.  Erik Bob Jensen/Preben Mortensen               7 point. 
3.  Leo Petersen/ John Østerholt                         3 point.  
4.  Willy Baasch/Preben Larsen                           1 point. 

Sidevogn 500 cc.
1.  Robert Jorgensen/Kaj Voigt                            8 point.  
2.  Bent Ovesen/Preben Jeppesen                      5 point.  
3.  Kaj Uffe v. Qualen/Børge Bjerg Pedersen      4 point.  
4.  Leif Petersen/V.R. Nielsen                              1 point. 

 

April 12.  1959. Season opening:
This meeting is besides the season opening also the last meeting we have found recorded. There was no more meetings there in 1959, and the track was not listed in the 1960 meeting calendar.
Results.
Senior Special 500 cc:
1. Aksel Müller,                Skanderborg
2. Jorgen Momme,          Horsens
3. Erik Kastebo,               Copenhagen

Senior Standard
1. Bent Thomsen,            Struer
2. Bent Svenningsen,       Herning
3. Etlar Faurholt,              Silkeborg

Junior A.
1. Bent Jensen,                Horsens
2. Kruse Laursen,            Silkeborg
3. Karl Anker Jensen,      Hobro

Junior B.
1. Jørgen Dorchseus,      Hobro
2. Knud H. Nielsen,         Esbjerg
2. Finn Thomsen.            Silkeborg

 

 

 

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