Brian Moston and the Carrs Wood Hunters
Brian Moston on the Brookside Close Speedway, 1952

Brian Moston on the Brookside Road Speedway, 1952

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:

1956 England Test Team Trials, Carrs Wood

2 Comments

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Paula Isherwood
Sunday 9 June 2013 - 3:09 pm

We used to watch the cycling in the 70s by looking over the hedge and when there were no events we could go on the track and sit on the bench for a rest whilst dog walking because Brian opened the gates every day by walking across a wooden bridge over Gatley brook from his house. He didn’t seem to mind. A lovely man.

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B. A. Horstmann
Sunday 9 June 2013 - 5:21 pm

We came to Gatley in 1960, and being a leisure cyclist I was interested to go and find it. Go past Jefferies Nurseries and left beside the gate to walk alongside the brook. Immediately on the right is the track, and relatively recently I could see the derelict pavilion. I did see some riding there, but whether practice or races I cannot remember. With the increase in cycle sport, perhaps it is time to rejuvenate it!



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