On Friday 22nd June, we host the 70th Anniversary Platinum Jubilee at Armadale Stadium.
The match will see 16 riders take part in a four team tournament, with the top scorer from each team progressing to a big-money individual final.
Team sponsorships are available for each of the four teams, which will give you the opportunity to: add your name to the team, have your name printed on your team's racejackets, manage your team on the night, have your photograph taken with your team and to keep your team captain's racejacket. The cost for this incredibile experience is £360, you can email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All other riders will be available to sponsor at a cost of £120. The package includes 2 x stadium admissions, 2 x match magazines, signed race jacket to take home and a DVD of the meeting.
Any rider who has ever ridden for the Monarchs in their 70 year history is invited to attend and they need only email us for a free ticket.
Tonight there were old friends on the track and around the stadium, the sun shone and everyone was able to bask in their own personal memories of the 70 years which span the Edinburgh Monarchs history.
Alex Harkess said "It was a relaxing night and it was great to see so many familiar faces all over the place. There was a good atmosphere and it felt like a big occasion. We are back to the serious stuff next week of course."
The winners of the Four Team event were the team labelled "1950 Monarchs" and sponsored by the John Somerville collection, namely Sam Masters, Mark Riss, Mason Campton and Josh Pickering. Winner of the Grand Final Individual race was a determined Sam Masters, though he didn't have to face in the final Rory Schlein who passed him in heat 16 in the team event in one of the races of the night.
It wasn't really about winners and losers though it was more about all the good times we've enjoyed and hopefully will continue to enjoy. In truth we've seen better racing and the first real race to remember was heat 14 when Josh Pickering's race-long chase on Matthew Wethers bore fruit with a brilliant last bend outside overtake.
Two heats later, with the four team number ones (Schlein, Masters, Cook, Wells) meeting, Sam Masters led most of the way until Rory Schlein repeated the move which earlier in the season brought him the Scottish Open title, a great tight turn and inside pass.
The 'big guns' all performed well, Craig Cook starting with two wins but he failed to finish his last two, coming a cropper on the last bend of heat 11 when trying to pass Mark Riss. Scott Nicholls dropped just one point in the team event and again said how much he liked the track (it really is his cup of tea) and Richie Worrall too was very much to the fore as always at Armadale. He was runner-up in the Top scorers' race.
Mark Riss won two heats and as ever there was excitement when Josh Pickering was on the track. If the other Monarchs' tail-enders were looking to impress with their progress, they didn't really.
Norwegian Lasse Fredriksen found the track tricky but certainly improved a great deal after a tough first ride, and considering he had done almost no riding for eight years, William Lawson certainly wasn't disgraced and might well have been awarded second in heat 4, stopped at the end of lap 3 but then rerun.
The Golden Doubles which were allowed kept the scores close but no-one was particularly concerned who won the event. Therev will be much more concern about the score next week when Berwick Bandits come along in the KO Cup quarter finals.
1950 Monarchs 30: Sam Masters 9, Josh Pickering 8, Mark Riss 7, Mason Campton 6.
1983 Monarchs 26: Richie Worrall 12, Rory Schlein 9, Max Ruml 4, Lasse Fredriksen 1.
2018 Monarchs 24: Ricky Wells 11, Paul Starke 7, Matthew Wethers 4, Joel Andersson 2.
1966 Monarchs 23: Scott Nicholls 14, Craig Cook 6, William Lawson 2, Coty Garcia 1.
Top Scorers Heat: Masters, Worrall, Nicholls, Wells
Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Monarchs! Happy birthday to you!
Yup it's the 70th anniversary golden jubilee fours at Armadale this week and what a meeting it promises to be.
Staggs Bar Monarchs of past and present will be in attendance both on and off the track in what is sure to be a fantastic evening of nostalgia.
Many fans long for the fours qualifiers to return and unfortunately while that does not appear to be on the cards anytime soon we will get a taste of fours action at Armadale this week with 4 different 'Monarchs' teams taking to the track.
The teams all appear to have an even mix with Championship heat leaders mixed in with some intriguing names.
The John Somerville Collection Monarchs line-up with 2 current Monarchs in Mark and Josh alongside our fantastic guest from Ipswich Mason Campton and team captain Sam Masters
Cat's Monarch's are led by Craig Cook with 7 time British Champ and probably the best visitor to Armadale Scott Nicholls backing up the GP man. Completing the line-up is Coty Garcia and the prospect of William Lawson mixing it with the big boys once again will be one to watch.
The Ewen Family Monarchs are another that will be watched closely. Rory Schlein fresh off his Scottish Open victory earlier in the season leads the team and main back up will come from Glasgow's Richie Worrall. Max Ruml represents this years Monarchs in the side and another point of interest will come from Norwegian Lasse Fredriksen making his Armadale debut.
The final team rides under the Staggs Bar Monarchs banner with Monarchs number 1 Ricky Wells captaining. Joel Andersson completes a brace of Monarchs with Matty Wethers and Paul Starke completing the field.
So a fascinating night of racing looks in store with no team riding required as all 4 riders in each race look to score the points for their team to take glory, there will also be a top scorers race to finalise proceeding s with the top man form each team racing off for the individual trophy.
On a night like this there may be as much interest in what s happening off the track as there is on it with a who's who of Edinburgh Speedway history expected in hospitality these include the likes of Les and Neil Collins, Sean Courtney, Scott Lamb, Blair Scott, Bert Harkins, Kenny Mckinna, Max Fricke and perhaps the highlight will be seeing Mitchell Davey who is still recovering from his horrendous crash at Birmingham but should be in attendance.
So a cracking night of action lies ahead as the Monarchs celebrate their rich history. AS always there is only one place to see all the thrills and spills and that is at Armadale.
See you there!
Wednesday 20th June 2018, 5:00pm
A fantastic lineup of riders has been assembled for our Platinum Jubilee Fours meeting on Friday, celebrating the 70 year history of the Monarchs. Teams will be captained by Ricky Wells, Sam Masters, Rory Schlein and Craig Cook all great contributors for us in recent years.
Monday 18th June 2018, 8:00pm
The line ups have been unveiled for this Friday's Platinum Jubilee celebration at Armadale Stadium.
Monday 18th June 2018, 7:00pm
We are just four days away from the celebration of our seventy years when sixteen present day riders will be joined by dozens of Monarchs stars from the past to celebrate a major occasion in the Club's history.