OME might say speedway is a short career – unless your name is Peter Schroeck.
The former racer has devoted his whole life to the shale sport with all his experience of being a rider,
then a mechanic and now as King’s Lynn team manager.
It is clear he has passion for the motorsport as he looks to help bring on the next generation of stars in the UK by running training schools just like the Olle Nygren speedway school that unearthed his love for racing as a fresh-faced youngster.
Schroeck said: “When I was young we used to have quite a few British riders stay with us in Germany like Jimmy McMillan, Dougie Wyer, Sid Sheldrick – people like that. And then we had a guy staying us who was a good friend of my Dad’s called Alan Cowland, and that’s how I got into speedway really.
He might be German by birth, but Peter Schroeck is very much an adopted Brit, and wants to see British youngsters given more opportunities
“When I was 12-years-old I had my first speedway bike and I went to the Olle Nygren speedway school at King’s Lynn and that is where I first learnt my trade on a bike. I just progressed from there really; I went through the German junior ranks going from one thing to another.
“I then got approached by Eastbourne when I had just turned 16. Comparing back then to now, I do believe it was a lot harder for me back then because the difference was when I first came over everybody wanted to come to England.
“Whereas, now, hardly anyone wants to come over here because it isn’t seen as the pinnacle of the sport anymore like it used to be in the ‘80s and before that.
“It is quite sad to say, but everybody has got this dream of racing in Europe with Poland, Sweden and Denmark, but the UK is more of an afterthought. When I first came over, though, it was quite difficult to even get a team place because when you look at the history through the 80s with the standard of riders in the top league and second division – it was very competitive.
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