When I first moved to Gatley a little over a decade ago, I was quite excited to see a cycle track marked on my Ordnance Survey map – just down the road on Gatley Carrs.
I went down to take a look and to my frustration, I found the track was no more – long since gone and on private land.
So I was interested when Paula Isherwood from the Gatley Carrs Conservation Group passed on some of the history of the site to me.
The Carrs Wood Hunters was a cycle club founded by Brian Moston and Roy Carter in 1952. Brian, who lived at 36 West End Avenue, built and maintained the speedway track – reputed to be one of the best in the country.
Brian won a string of cycling competitions in the 1950s and 60s, including the British Individual Championship in 1959. He was runner-up in the World Individual Championship in 1960. The track itself saw good use including a number of British cycling finals being held there in 1965, ’67 and ’69.
There were several teams using the track over the years including: