Track Talk: Chris’s boys heading back to reminisce

By Nigel Pearson | Speedway | Published:

Wolves owner Chris Van Straaten has made some inspired signings down the last 30 years.

Wolves speedway rider Peter Karlsson with brothers Magnus Karlsson and Mikael Max

But he’s admitted the brothers, Peter Karlsson and Mikael Max, were two of his best.

And he’s heading to the Cleveland Arms in town on Thursday week, July 19, when ‘his boys’ are back in the UK to meet fans.

The Swedes, who scored more than 10,000 points over 1,000 meetings for the Monmore Green side, are set to take to the stage 48 hours before they visit the British Grand Prix in Cardiff.

Both won league titles and Knockout Cups with the club and only retired last year after glittering careers.

Now they’ll look back on their time in the West Midlands, plus their international careers, in front of supporters on a night not to be missed.

Van Straaten said: “Both Peter and Mikael are the best signings I’ve ever made at Wolverhampton.

“I’ll never forget Mikael’s heat 15 heroics at Eastbourne when we won the league in 2002 and again in a run-off against Ipswich in the semi-final at Monmore.

“I’m looking forward to catching up with the guys.”


Karlsson said: “I can’t wait to get across and see all my friends again and I know Mikael feels the same.

“We loved riding for Wolverhampton and even though we had spells at other clubs Wolves was always our home in the UK really.

“I had a great night for my farewell at the Cleveland Arms last year and it will be great to be back there with my brother. It’s going to be a really special night and a great way to start the Cardiff weekend.”

Fans have the opportunity to grab the last remaining VIP seats for £30, which includes a signed picture with the brothers, plus a buffet and priority seating. Standard tickets at £12 are also available.


Call 01902 451021 or visit for online orders. Doors open at 6pm for VIPs, 7pm for standard tickets and the show starts at 8pm.

Parrys International Wolves return to action on Monday when they face world champion Jason Doyle and his Somerset Rebels at Monmore (7.30pm).

But they’ll be without Cameron Heeps, who was hurt on Thursday when riding in a Second Division meeting.

The Australian was running second when clipped from behind by Lasse Bjerre in heat three of the Witches’ 52-38 defeat at Sheffield.

The high-impact crash burst the air fence and Heeps spent a lengthy period with medics having been transported from the track via ambulance as a precaution. He played no further part.

British speedway rules state a rider must miss nine days if signed off with concussion, meaning the Parrys International Wolves seem set to be without the Australian for Monday and the trip to Poole on Wednesday (both 7.30pm).

Ipswich team manager Ritchie Hawkins confirmed the diagnosis and said: “It will be a period of rest for Cam but he is fine.

“He had a big bang which was no surprise because it was a big crash. Hopefully he can recover quickly.”

Nigel Pearson

By Nigel Pearson
Columnist - @nigelpearson

Sports broadcaster/writer specialising in Football, Darts and Speedway for Sky Sports, IMG, BT Sport and talkSPORT.


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