ISDT 1953: Hugh Viney’s works 498cc AJS

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I’ve been lagging with a number of articles needing posting but here I’ve now put up a short article on the ISDT 1953 winning 498cc AJS ridden by Hugh Viney which turned up in auction in 2015 after its long term owner passed away.

Photo - Works AJS 498 of Hugh Viney ISDT 1953 (Courtesy Bonhams)

Photo – Works AJS 498 of Hugh Viney ISDT 1953 (Courtesy Bonhams)

read the article here in our Folk’s and Motors section

Speedtracktales XMAS Present Bonanza 3 ISDT Programmes to check out.

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Thanks to the generosity earlier this year of Brian Catt who started scanning his collection of ISDT programmes, here are the first three that have been uploaded to our online library at issue.com

Image - scanned cover Official Programme of ISDT 1969 (Greenwood Family Collection)

Image – scanned cover Official Programme of ISDT 1969 (Greenwood Family Collection)

Link to browse 1969 programme at Speedtracktales ISDT programme library at issue.com. Sorry we can no longer embed ‘flash’ files in wordpress.com

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Merry Xmas 2015 – snowy trials scene, Loggerheads Inn, Denbighshire 1938

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Photo - South Liverpool Cup Trial start at Loggerheads Inn 1938 (courtesy SLMCC)

Photo – South Liverpool Cup Trial start at Loggerheads Inn 1938 (courtesy SLMCC)

In the distance are the famous cliffs at Loggerheads, at that time a Tea Garden owned by Crosville Coaches who ran regular trips from Liverpool. The Tea Gardens featured in pre war ISDT event in Wales where they were the most northerly point and served as the venue for lunch stops. The petrol pumps have long gone and there is still a petrol garage in Loggerheads despite their demise in many areas of rural Wales.

Thanks to al those who made the trip to these web pages in 2015 and also contributed material and comments to the work so far. Although the stats show a lot of readers across the world out there, it is very nice when we get comment, feedback and corrections to show our audience is active.

ISDT 1968: Event daily check times and schedule sheets

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I am often greatly indebted to Brian Catt who not only feeds me first hand memories of the great ISDT events in the 60’s and 70’s because…. ‘he was there’. His personal ISDT and Enduro knowledge is almost as vast as his library of photos and books. I was therefore very grateful when he passed me copies of the road time sheets for each day of this event along with the schedule options. I am sure these will prove to be very helpful to some readers.

Image - Page 1 Day 1 Road times and Schedule ISDT 1968

Image – Page 1 Day 1 Road times and Schedule ISDT 1968

These sheets set out the distances times and type of checks and where the feeling stops would be. The two columns on the extreme right gave optional schedules for the time for riders which would be set in the morning in accordance with prevailing weather and ground conditions.

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FIM: 2016 FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy

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The thrill of classic six day machines is catching and so the FIM have for 2016 decided to hold an inaugural vintage trophy event for Enduro.

Photo of classic ‘Welsh’ going as motorcyclists #145 Sid Moran of Ireland’s ‘B’ Vase team on a Matchless 498cc [DYF 83] & #149 Ludwig Patina of Germany on BMW 494cc cross the fords on Wednesday on the Abergwesyn to Tregaron road in ISDT 1937

More details will be available here

http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/sport/fim-enduro-vintage-trophee/

Remembrance Sunday 2015: George Brown – Dispatch Rider

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photo - embroidered Dispatch Rider uniform badge

photo – embroidered Dispatch Rider uniform badge

Another annual article leaves the ISDT to remember the incredible sacrifice made by so many to help stop a tyranny that would have changed the world as we know it now with many innocent people being exterminated because they did not fit into the ideal of a Fascist Empire in the making that was stopped dead in its tracks by the will of common men. I include two articles from the press this year covering the story of surviving DR’s Australian signaller and DR Bob Anson and British DR George Brown and here’s hoping they are with us for many years to come

“When I originally joined the Army,”Anson says, “I’d been a cattle drover in Bourke. We were trained at Ingleburn, NSW. As I’d been a horseman I was told to learn to ride a motor bike to get around as a signaller,” Anson says.

In the Australian ‘Newcastle Herald‘ on the 15th June 2015 Mike Scanlon reported on surviving Australian Bob Anson

PEOPLE say Bob Anson would joke that one day he’d get the 9mm German bullet embedded in his side removed to hang it on a necklace. He never did, so his potentially fatal lead souvenir is still lodged beneath ribs on the left hand side of his body.

Photo - Bob Anson as a Dispatch Rider in Syria in 1952 on a 1939 Norton. (Newcastle Herald)

Photo – Bob Anson as a Dispatch Rider in Syria in 1952 on a 1939 Norton. (Newcastle Herald)

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ISDT 1952: Artur Fenzlau Part 1 – pix of the Brits!


These images are part of a 1000 image library of ISDT images from the 1952 ISDT held in Austria taken by Artur Fenzlau and were the photos featuring the British entrants both Factory, Military and privateer teams. Please enjoy….

57 Olga V Kevelos, Birmingham. Parilla 150 (entered as Italian) abandoned day 2

photo - #57 Olga V Kevelos Barilla 100 at the start venue ISDT 1952 (© Technisches Museum Wien - Erwin Jelinek)

photo – #57 Olga V Kevelos Barilla 100 at the start venue ISDT 1952 (© Artur Fenzlau/Technisches Museum Wien)

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Tomas Melander’s unused 1974 Monark 125GS

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Tomas Melander bought this Monark 125 in 1974 and promptly parked it hence its exceptional condition. Who would not want a gem like this.

photo - RH front view of Tomas Melander's unused 1974 Monark GS125 ISDT (Courtesy vintagemonark.com)

photo – RH front view of Tomas Melander’s unused 1974 Monark GS125 ISDT (Courtesy vintagemonark.com)

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ISDT 1971: Event report AMA News Nov ’71

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Thanks to the marvellous resource of Google Books I have been able to find the Nov 1971 issue of the American Motorcycle Associations AMA News which includes a 20 odd page report on the ISDT 1971 written by US motorcycle journalist Ed Youngblood, giving as good a history of the Isle as a report on the racing.

Image - cover Nov 1971 AMA news with review ISDT 1971

Image – cover Nov 1971 AMA news with review ISDT 1971

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ISDT 1974: Penton Motorcycles promo film of the event

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Filmed and produced for Penton Motorcycles this interesting Pro movie shows the changing nature of the ISDT as well as the technology that was being developed.

The below 2 videos were produced by Penton covering their riders involvement in the ISDT 1974

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more videos like this can be seen on the ISDT Tube video collection

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