ISDT 1925 – England & Wales

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Introduction 7th ISDT 1925

Back in UK at Southampton for 1925 the ISDT winners were B Kershaw, G S Arter, & F W Giles took the Trophy for Britain,

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Photo of 3 riders and motorcycles, possibly Germans ISDT 1925

Photo of #365 Schwarz and the NSU ISDT 1925

Photo of a famous lady, Marjorie Cottle with a Raleigh [? 540] in the ISDT 1925.

Photo: captioned ‘Marjorie oils up – 22nd June 1925: Marjorie Cottle, one of three female competitors in the International six day reliability trials at Brooklands, oils up her bike before the race.’ (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Marjorie Cottle is the earliest of many of the women who competed in the ISDT. I will try to gather as much of the material we have on the women in a dedicated page to the Women at the ISDT

Photo: 22nd August 1925: The winning team of the International trophy and International Silver Vase at the six days reliability trials at Brooklands race track. Left to right – #24 Bert Kershaw, #82 F W Giles, Mrs Giles and #25 G S Aster. (Photo by Kirby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) ISDT 1925

Photo: 22nd August 1925: International six days reliability trials at Brooklands, Surrey, England. Captain Fleming presenting W A Carr Captain of the winning team, East Midland Centre, with the News of the World Trophy. (Photo by Kirby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) ISDT 1925

Photo of Motorcycles #62 #59 #62 crossing ford in ISDT 1925 (courtesy Dave Martin)

Photo of woman motorcycle entrant #52 believed to be Mrs E Foley at ISDT 1925 (Photo courtesy Dave Martin)

The following images all appeared in the 27th August 1925 issue of ‘the Motor Cycle

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photo the British ‘A’ Team winner of the International Trophy. The riders are G S Arter (499 James), B Kershaw (346 New Hudson) and FW Giles (496 AJS sc) Mrs Giles who accompanied her hisband as passenger is seen on the left. ISDT 1925

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Photo of the East Midlands Centre Team – AE Rollason (498 Ariel), L Crisp (349 Humber) and WA Carr (1075 Morgan) – which, with the loss of one mark only, won the British Motor Cycling Championship ISDT 1925

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photo pf a busy scene at the ‘filling up’ station in Southhampton ISDT 1925

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photo of FW Giles (498 AJS sc) at the summit of Brooklands test hill ISDT 1925

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photo of start of the larger classes on the final speed test at Brooklands ISDT 1925

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photo of the AJS team JH Simpson, GE Rowley and SM Williams – which won the 350cc class Exhibition Medal ISDT 1925

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Image of an AJS advert of its prowess in Motorcycle Sports in 1925 including  Frank W Giles’s best performance sidecar in the ISDT 1925

And what of the Australians?

This snippet was seen in the Register 8th Sept 1925 which is a newspaper in Adelaide Australia.

SIX DAYS’ TRIALS

A.J.S. SCOOPS INTERNATIONAL POOL    

Information received by Wyatt Motoria, Grenfell street, the South Australian distributors of A.J.S motor cycles, is that A.J.S machines swept the board in the international six days’ trial, contested in England from August 17 till 22. Early reports of the severe test showed that the representatives of all other countries failed to continue, and during the final two or three days only the British and Australian teams were left in the running. Most motor cyclists who have followed the racing career of several of the contestants were aware of the fact that A.J.S. machines were well represented in the finishing number, but few anticipated the eventual scoop. The cable from A. J. Stevens, Limited, Wolverhampton England, read as follows:— ‘A.J.S. successes in the international six days’ trial, August 17 to 22. A.J.S. sweeps the board, winning 350 c.c. team prize and A.C.M. Exhibition medal. Riders:- J. H. Simpson, G. E. Rowley, and S. M. Williams. F. W. Giles and his 498 c c sidecar combination recorded the best performance of any passenger machine and was the only one to lose no points Giles was a member of the British team which gained the international trophy and international vase. The New South Wales team representing Australia (S.M. Williams, 349 c.c; A. W. Gregory, 498 c.c; and. A. G.. Stratford, 498 c.c.) recorded best performance of any overseas team, and were the other team to finish.’

An unrelated report to the ISDT this relates to an event in the same period for the Aussies attended. .does anybody know anything about this Welsh Reliability Trial?

Silver medal for C. L. Moyle. A.J.S machines carried all before them in the M.C and A.C.U 24 hours’ reliability trial from Birmingham to Holyhead, on July 17 and 18. The premier awards (the trophy and gold medal) were won by C. W. Hough on a 349 c.c. A.J.S. Frank W. Giles, with his 349 c.c. A.J.S. com- bination. secured the silver medal. South Australian motor cyclists will hear with pleasure that in the contest C. L. Moyle, of Adelaide, was. awarded a silver medal. He lost only three points with his A.J.S. and sidecar, and that was because of a wheel spinning on reaching the top of a steep hill. A.J.S. riders are having aconquering time in all parts of the world at present, for wherever races and trialare held they are in the limelight.

What the papers said

You can read a scanned copy of ‘the Motor Cycle’ report of the 27th August 1925 here at our issuu.com library

image of scanned newspaper article Devon & Exeter Gazette on forthcoming ISDT in the South West of England and ACU Wessex Centre, 15 August 1935 ISDT 1925

image of scanned newspaper article Nottingham Evening Post with brief report on day 2 at Ross on Wye 19 August 1925 ISDT 1925

image of scanned newspaper article and report of day 2 with the leading position of the English team in the Western Daily Press 19 August 1925 ISDT 1925

image of scanned newspaper article providing a detailed review of the event at day 3 Western Daily Press 20 August 1925 ISDT 1925 – Part 1

image of scanned newspaper article providing a detailed review of the event at day 3 Western Daily Press 20 August 1925 ISDT 1925 – Part 2

image - article on the event in the News, Adelaide 10th August 1925 ISDT 1925

image – article on the event in the News, Adelaide 10th August 1925 ISDT 1925

image - scanned article in the Daily News, Perth, Western Australia 20 August 1925 ISDT 1925

image – scanned article in the Daily News, Perth, Western Australia 20 August 1925 ISDT 1925

image - scanned article in the Register, Adelaide Australia 8 Sept 1925 including news of the success of the AJS team and also some Australian riders in a team at the event ISDT 1925

image – scanned article in the Register, Adelaide Australia 8 Sept 1925 including news of the success of the AJS team and also some Australian riders in a team at the event ISDT 1925

 

I am as ever endebted to ‘STB’ again coming to our aid with this donation of ISDT memories

Image of scanned results from ‘the Motor Cycle’ 27 August ISDT 1925

Clearly some mistake here as the same British Team is credited as taking win in both Trophy and Vase. My FIM records seem to point to the Czechoslovakians winning the Vase.

Image of scanned results by Motorcycle Manufacturer for ISDT 1925

Image of scanned final results ISDT 1925

An interesting additional piece of copy competes ‘the Motor Cycle’ coverage of the ISDT and it is the report of the somewhat unsuccessful post race dinner that was frustrated by late arrivals of some teams and early departures of others trying to catch trains. However it is interesting to see the guest of honour to the event was non less than Lt Col J T Moore Brabazon MC MP, a peer of the realm and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport. Needless to say this confirms how significant in the cultural sporting calendar of pre war Britain sat the ISDT as a national sporting event of importance to attract such a senior politician.

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