The Newcastle Speedway Club were saddened to learn of he passing of on one of it’s greatest supporters and backers over many, many seasons with the news of the passing of Peter Gibson late on Tuesday evening.
The Diamonds would like to thank Dave Rowland for his following memories of Peter: “He was a fan of Newcastle Speedway since the early 60’s.” said Rowland: “He was a keen tenpin bowler, and when the Speedsters League started at the West Road bowling alley, he joined in and indirectly cemented relationships which would greatly help the speedway cause many years later.
“On the return of speedway in the 70’s, he later reconnected with speedway, like we all did, fully supporting when his business allowed. After moving away for business reasons he returned, and with his wife Anne had two children, Carol and David. Peter continued to support from the terraces now along with Carol.
“On the closure of Newcastle Speedway in 1994, Dave Rowland and George English started a two year search for a new venue along with many supporters visiting places almost monthly and also keeping the social side of speedway going. In time they were made aware in late1996 that Brough Park had changed hands and there were indications we would be welcome back. It was obvious that there was almost nothing left of the track, pits and other facilities and they would have to reinstate them.
“Peter owned Gibson Plant hire and he and Tony Swales then set about building the track and fence, and returned the pits to the 60’s position due to supporters requests. A new Promotion was created with Dave, George, and Peter and formed Newspeed Ltd and were accepted into the Premier League with a start date of March 1997.
“After a difficult first year, the following year we managed to sign a young Dane Nicki Pedersen (who was amazed one wet night that Peter’s ability with the grader saved an “un-saveable” meeting!) , who went on to be a three-times World Champion who acquired a new mechanic in David. Carol became partner, then wife, to our other Danish rider Jesper Olsen. Indeed Peter met his own wife at the speedway too.
“Peter resigned from Newspeed Ltd late in 1999 due to business reasons, but those relationships he made, especially with Dave and George in the 60’s certainly paid off, as without his help both financial and his personal contribution, it is debatable whether speedway could have returned to Newcastle.