NEW OWNERS UNVEILED
BIRMINGHAM racer David Mason will spend the 2018 season on the opposite side of the fence after agreeing to become one of the new owners of the club. The 40-year-old, along with father Peter, was unveiled at Perry Barr on Wednesday in front of supporters at Tony Mole's Farewell meeting.
Mason was close to quitting the sport for good back in May after being released by Lakeside. But just a month later, Brummies team boss Graham Drury persuaded the West Sussex racer to join his Perry Barr outfit as a rider and development coach. Mason instantly took the club to his heart and his fondness has grown ever since. After long talks with Mole and Drury, Mason agreed to buy the club along with his dad and is looking forward to his new adventure.
Said Mason: "It's all happened so quickly it's a bit unbelievable to be honest. It's not that long ago that I'd had enough of being messed around by people in this sport and I was ready to leave it all behind me in the past. But thankfully Graham picked up that 'phone and called me to sign for him earlier in the year because without that, I probably wouldn't be stood here now. From the moment I walked into the club I was so impressed with the facilities, the way everything was run so professionally, the fans were amazing - just everything about the club I kind of fell in love with.
"Time went on and there was growing concern about the club's future and a few casual conversations later, I suddenly found myself talking about taking the club on. Obviously it's all down to approval from the management committee and the BSPA (British Speedway Promoters' Association) but we don't envisage there being any problems fingers crossed.
"This probably means my racing days are over now because I'll have other priorities to focus on off the track but I'm really excited about the road ahead and to be doing it with my dad should be great. Tony, Graham and Denise (Drury) have all been absolutely fantastic and I know they're only a 'phone call away if me and my dad ever need any advice with anything.
"We want to get to know the supporters more, and we will do that when the time is right, but there's still lots to do before we properly start our new project. I've really enjoyed my time at Birmingham so far and now hopefully there are plenty more happy memories to come!
Mason confirmed that the club would be sticking in the National League for 2018 and refused to rule out a move up the tiers further down the line.