Article from an unknown publication (possibly a Raikes Park programme).

"Cinder Diver" article (thought to be from The Bolton Evening News)
Bolton Speedway Rider's Success on Continent

Jack Wood (22), the fearless Bolton dirt-track rider, whose parents reside at 17, Dorset-st., is providing thrills for thousands of speedway spectators on the Continent.

A communication, which has reached Bolton, announces that his latest success is that of breaking the track record which was set up at Munich by the well known rider Jarvis. And this within a few days of his being discharged from hospital. Wood was unconscious in hospital for some considerable time, suffering from concussion, the result of a nasty spill whilst travelling at 90 m.p.h. in a sand track race.
He was riding in a special match against"Yalla" said to be the fastest sand racer in Germany and was leading when thrown. The machine Wood is riding at present is one he purchased from "Sprouts" Elder, the American champion, who has returned to this country, and who lowered the lap record at Belle Vue speedway on Wednesday.

"You want to see me going on 'Sprout's' machine," writes Wood, who in a casual reference to spills jokingly adds:"I must be a 'cinder diver'."
Along with other champion dirt-track riders, Wood is in great demand, and to fulfil engagements he regularly flies from one country to another. The aeroplane used is labelled "Dirt Track-Luft-Express."

Wood recently received a three-figure offer to appear in Belgium for one month. This is only one of the many tributes to his ability and popularity. He served his time at Gordon's motor-car works in Bridge-st., and made his debut on the dirt-track as an amateur at Raikes Park. He later made successful appearances at the Belle Vue speedway. Then he received the invitation to go to the Continent.

I love the final comment about the cigarette!

Article in a foreign newspaper April 12th, 19--?

FLYVENDE DIRT TRACK - Den forste Tur til Hamburg

Dirt-track-Selskabets første Luftekspres startede i Formiddags ved 10-Tiden fra Kastrup Lufthavn, ført af Trafikflyver Harald Hansen og med 8 Pasagerer og 3 Motorcykler om Bord.

Motorcyklerne var blevet indladet tidligt i Morges og for at skaffe Plads til dem havde det været nodvendigt at skrue et Hjul af hver af dem. Nu sad de forsvarligt fastspændte i Bagagerum met, mens Kabinen blev taget i Besid delse af de otte: Tommy Price, Hans Ven Forest, Jack Wood, Prices Mekaniker Thompson, Morian, Engström, Niels Sørensen og Philipsen.

Paa vort overste Billede ses fra venstre: Price, Forest, Wood, Morian, Engström, Niels Sørensen og Philipsen - og paa det nederste Billede i Kabinen: Wood, Philipsen, Morian, Niels Sørensen og Price.

En Mængde Dirt Track Interesse rede var mødt for at vinke farvel - bl. a. to nye Englændere, Lees Boulton og Skid Plevin, der kom hertil i Morges for at deltage i Kampene i Morgen. KI. 12 Søndag Middag ventes Maskinen til bage med Sprouts Elder og de øvrige Ryttere, og KI. 16 gaar det atter løs over Slaggebanen paa Roskildevej.

Translation thanks to Garry Baker in Melbourne, Australia

Dirt-track Its first Luftekspres started in Formiddags by 10-time from Kastrup Airport, led by Trafikflyver Harald Hansen, and by 8 Pasagerer and 3 Motorcycles on the table.

Motorcyklerne had been loaded early in Morges and to provide a space reserved for them had been nodvendigt to turn a Wheels of each of them. Now they were sitting securely fixed in Bagage met while Kabinen was taken in Besid approval of the eight: Tommy Price, Hans Ven Forest, Jack Wood, Price Mekaniker Thompson, Morian, Engstršm, Niels Sorensen and Philipsen.

On our overste Image seen from the left: Price, Forest, Wood, Morian, Engström, Niels Sørensen and Philipsen - and at the bottom Picture Kabinen: Wood, Philipsen, Morian, Niels Sorensen and Price.

A Quantity Dirt Track Interest prepared was greeted by waving goodbye - in particular. a. two new Englanders, Lees Boulton and Skid Plevin, who came here in Morges to participate in the fighting in the Morning. KI. Sunday 12 Noon The machine is expected to bake with Sprouts Elder and the other Cyclists, and KI. 16 seeks to restore bulk of Slaggebanen on Roskildevej.)

There are few words still needing translation to English, if you can please tigerjack@ntlworld.com.

Article in the Bolton Evening News, Thursday, June 17th, 2004
These pictures of a Bolton speedway star will stir memories for some of our older readers. Relatives have sent me photographs of "Tiger" Jack Wood - a rider with an international reputation who was well known at Belle Vue, Manchester.

His son John Wood, who lives in Horwich, tells me his father worked as a mechanic at Gordon's Bolton, when he left school.

In the 1920s he started competing when races were staged at the Bolton Greyhound Stadium in Manchester Road.
After that he became one of the favourites at Belle vue and a member of a group of elite speedway riders based in Hamburg, which raced in Germany, France, Denmark, and other countries in the 1930s. Jack and other stars - including an American and Germans - flew together to engagements at different tracks.

Jack, who lived in Dorset Street, Bolton, later opened a garage just off Bury Old Road, opposite where the Pentecostal Church is now. He died in 1988, aged 80.

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