Track name: Gladsaxe Speedway
Track user: Motor club ”Rapid”
Address: Gladsaxevej 200 Copenhagen
Length: 400 m.
Width Straights: 7,32 m.
Width bends: 8,82 m.
Track record: 70,9 sek.
Record holder: Kiehn Berthelsen 30/8 1953.
Closed: Ca 1955 – 56
The Gladsaxe Athletic Stadium was built in 1938: a neighbor to the Gladsaxe Hall, which was among many other matters used for motorcycle exhibitions.
In 1947 the motor club “Rapid” began to organize speedway on the 440 yards long cinders surfaced track There was no real competition between the events at Gentofte and Gladsaxe stadiums as both were for the benefit of ”The Motor Club’s Track Foundation”, and generally the riders were the same, which also went for Østerbro Stadium.
Like at Gentofte also Gladsaxe stopped in the mid fifties, when Amager Speedway (opened 1952) took over.
At the bottom of this page you will find a video file, made available by The Gladsaxe local historic archive
On April 18 1948 a ”Golden Helmet” race was held at Gladsaxe, An exciting duel developed between the home ace Orla Knudsen and the Nordic champion Leif Basse Hveem.
From this duel Orla Knudsen came out the better as can be seen from the picture.Other competitors were Phil Hart from England, Linus Eriksson Sweden, Vaclav Stanislaw Czechoslovakia, plus the Danes Aage Andersen, Erhardt Fisker, Bent Jensen and Uno Jensen.
The 3 photos above are from Orla Knudsen’s private collection (Courtesy: The Knudsen family)
List of records in 1948. Later improvements: Bill Kitchen, GB 76,9
Kiehn Berthelsen DK 76,6, Birger Forsberg, S 76,3 Henry Andersen, N 75,6 ,
Irving Irvinger DK 74,9. Sven Fahlén S 72,3
On August 30 1953 Morian Hansen rode one of his many Farewell meetings as speedway rider; a remarkable event.
Friends from near and far came to celebrate him after his approx. 30 years long career, which was halted by service in the Royal Air Force during WW2, and made him the first Danish World Championship finalist at Wembley Stadium in 1936, placed 11.
Despite aged 48 years Morian still was competitive which he proved by beating the British star rider Bill Kitchen in his first heat.
In the same meeting Kiehn Berthelsen with 70, 9 seconds rode a remarkable track record. The time equals an average speed of 81 kmh=50,4 mph.
Compared with the table from 1948 it shows a substantial improvement partly owing to better machinery but mostly to the sharpened competition even all riders used the same type of JAP engines.
It must also be remembered, that Gladsaxe stadium was a very narrow track, which in its first year took some time for the riders to get acquainted to, before full throttle could be given.
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