Reliability Trials: Liverpool MC Trial 1926

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This report appeared in the December 1926 issue of ‘Motor Sport‘ of a Sporting and Classification Trial held by the Liverpool M.C in North Wales starting from Chester. This trial shows that the riders by even today’s standards rode for a considerable distance on machines that today many would be surprised to find out how versatile these machines were.

Photo - BSA S26 500cc 4.95Hp 1926 still going and ridden in VMCC Trials similar to the BSA ridden by J B Donaldson 1926

Photo – BSA S26 500cc 4.95Hp 1926 still going and ridden in VMCC Trials similar to the BSA ridden by J B Donaldson 1926

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Reliability Trials: Hill Cup Trial 1924

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This report of the Hill Cup Trial, a reliability trial organised by the Sale and District MCC was found in the December 1924 issue of ‘Motor Sport‘. There are no images available with this report. The event is quite an epic starting in South Manchester. The ‘Colonial Sections’ were public road where a low speed average was maintained due to frequency of other traffic) A number of riders appear mentioned here also featured in contemporary event reports.

SALE & DISTRICT MOTOR CYCLE CLUB.

This Club’s Annual Hill Cup Trial was run off recently, in an interesting way, on lines which the Committee of the Club have found to be most generally acceptable to the average member. There were no checks on those portions of the route which ran along good main roads. There were some stiff hills to be observed and some short stretches of colonial section had to be traversed in order to reach them. Checks were instituted over the Colonial Section and hills only. The route led over Helsby Bluff and Glyn Ceiriog, and lunch was taken at Llangollen. After lunch Allt-y-Bady had to be negotiated and the run home from there was comparatively easy.

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Geoff Duke OBE : 1923 – 2015

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Nees reaches us a few days late that one of motorcycle sports greatest stars passed away on the 1st May 2015. Although famous as a road racer he made a significant impact in later years through his company which sold classic historical films of bikes as video and later DVD. There are many tributes in the motoring press which I will not be able to compete with in this mark of respect. Here however is a photo of the dapper Geoff Duke at the ISDT 1951 with British Trophy teamster Hugh Viney.

photo - Geoff Duke greets #205 Hugh Viney ISDT 1951 (Speedtracktales Collection)

photo – Geoff Duke greets #205 Hugh Viney ISDT 1951 (Speedtracktales Collection)

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ISDT 1925: event notes from ‘Motorsport’ magazine

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Information about the ISDT 1925 is rather sparse. The event started at Southampton before heading for the first time ever to Wales. We recently discovered that an article published in Motorsport was available online and we reproduce that article below. The auto magazine Motorsport has an immaculate online archive with every article in every issue since 1924 available to be read.

Photo - #57 on Middle Down Hill - first severe hill of the ACU Six Days Trial - ISDT 1925 ( Motorsport)

Photo – #57 on Middle Down Hill – first severe hill of the ACU Six Days Trial – ISDT 1925 ( Motorsport)

“NOTES ON THE A.C.U. INTERNATIONAL SIX DAYS’ TRIAL.

ALTHOUGH not a “sporting event” in the strict interpretation of the term, the International Six Days’ Trial calls for more than passing comment as being one of the most strenuous events organised up to the present time.

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Mapping the ISDT: 1955 Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia

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Mapping for the event is limited and we have this map from the official programme. Any further maps that can be provided would be welcome.

image - map of the 6 days course ISDT 1955

image – map of the 6 days course ISDT 1955

Mapping the ISDT : 1959 Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia

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Collecting mapping for the ISDT 1959.

So far located an official map for days 2 and 3. The Official Daily Route sheets and the programme maps for each day.

Any offers of route information for any ISDT always welcome.

Image - Colour map for routes of Day 2 and 3 ISDT 1959

Image – Colour map for routes of Day 2 and 3 ISDT 1959

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ISDT History – 1953 image archive Hluk Czechoslovakia

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Hluk is a town in the Zlin region of south-eastern Morovia in Czechoslovakia. Zlin was the host region for a number of ISDT events. Recently the town has developed a web site to create an archive of its history where it has posted this collection of photos from the ISDT 1953 event taken by a town resident.

These images will be largely unknown in the UK and will be the first time many of the scenes will be new to the Speedtracktales regular followers including Geoff Wagger who will not have seen this photo of his dad Reg before.

Photo - British Rider #46 Reg W Wagger BSA 348 with Sidecar [NOC 541] Gold medal at the Hluk time check  ISDT 1953 (©Hluké Kroniky)

Photo – British Rider #46 Reg W Wagger BSA 348 with Sidecar [NOC 541] Gold medal at the Hluk time check ISDT 1953 (©Hluké Kroniky)

These images were likely to have been taken on the first day.

The images can also be viewed at the Hluk Chronicle web site

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ISDT History – Post War Welsh ISDT events remembered in OffRoad REVUe #14

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Photo – Climbing Bwlch y Groes between Dinas Mawddwy and Bala, which was the lunch stop on the Friday. #161 S Keepence on the 250 Triumph Special chases #159 H Tanner on a 250 Jawa. Bwlch y Groes is now a tarmac road – ISDT 1954

So after a great xmas you are all tooled up… leather driving gloves from the sister in law, Top Gear aftershave from the kids and a Barbour manbag from the wife… as the novelty wears off why not treat yourself, if you have not already to Deryck Wylde’s great issue fourteen of OFF ROAD REVUe which is now online. Unique and notable articles is a feature on the post war Welsh ISDT events and as with anything coming from Deryck the images are not only great a number are originals unlikely to have been seen before.

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