Page under Construction always…
Photo of cover of official programme of 41st ISDT 1956
Arthur Williams is to blame for digging up data for this page!, ‘worth it though!, I shall gradually build the tale of the event in with anecdotes & info.
22 Teams of 4 in the Vase events from 13 countries, plus 36 x 3 rider manufacturer Teams.
Brit Trophy Team had 5 on Triumphs & one on BSA. Veteran Frank Carey could not start his 125 Suzuki in the permitted hour & became a non Starter. 11 Special Tests awaited competitors 149 of 287 starters obtained Gold Medals, of 58 others, 34 took Silver, the rest Bronze.. Karlskaga to Orebro Artillery Training Ground was being largely used & 2nd day had 90 miles south of Villingsberg to cover. 22 retired on Day ONE!. East Germany took the Trophy & West Germany the Silver Vase.
This Badge & above poster gently stored & unearthed by Brian Catt for us, many thanks Brian.
Pat Slinn’s would love to get it back or at least find where it is, DVLA know where the number is registered from now, however cannot tell Pat, so please CAN ANYONE LET US KNOW???
Brian Catt came up with info which would escape a great many of us, at least it is now recorded here. BSA & Triumph’s joint efforts were shown at a pre ISDT meeting Triumphs wore BSA Victor forks, Triumph frames & motors with low-level right side siamesed exhaust pipes. BSA? were BSA except for Triumph engines with High level left side siamesed exhaust pipes. Triumph frames gave more ground clearance than BSA plus riders wanted greater access space to deal with the carburetor than high pipes allowed.
Manufacturers moaned about the small GB plates
whew!, well spotted by Brian Catt & thanks for otherwise lost accuracy. Arthur Lampkin is of course a member of an impressive off-road dynasty from Yorkshire.a well-known machine A beauty to own with that sort of registration number too!.
Photo from the collection of Brian Catt, a long-term ISDT enthusiast.
USA were one of the Teams which could not get their bikes there on time (non arrivals!!) & he was provided with a 100 HERCULES, to get him to a Silver medal. – Check out ‘Where are they now?’ feature below for a recent photo of this bike.
Thanks to Leo Keller we can identify Heino Büse of the WG Panzer Trappen Schule Team (Army School for Tank Forces Munsterlager), he rode with team-mate Burchard Lenz both on Hercules K 100 GS Factory machines along with Ruprecht Lamers on a Zündapp 100cc, they won the Club award, presented with their Cup by a Russian Admiral, ALL IN THE MIDDLE OF A COLD WAR only these plus Swedish Army & British Army Clubs were against 27 Civilian Clubs.
Swedish Army managed Special tests & Control points & check points.
Day 4 had slower speed schedule after night rain. Sweden lead turned to a loss when Torsten Anderson’s Husqvarna packed in, he had repaired a leaking tank on the second day. Day 4 used the 1st day course in reverse direction.
Day 5 had the 2nd day course in reverse direction 217 Starters.
6th Day had a 72 miles ride to a 3km winding but flat Karlskeger circuit. Tweesman on BMW went out plus lofty Tony Jones who hit a branch & broke the crankcase of his Matchless. Mick Andrews AJS Crankcase plug came out & all Gold hope was lost. Brian Messenger on Greeves had troubles which saw him miss Gold by seconds, (Greeves always blamed plugs if anything went wrong!!) Sonny Absolom of Southend Club could only get 11 out of the 13 required laps in on his 175 Triumph & he lost Gold.
From the Metzeler 2013 Classic Calendar – Captioned: “A regular in the German army, Heino Büse, born in 1944, is riding hard on his 125cc Maico. In the seventies, the highly talented rider should rise to be one of the most successful German off-road competitors. Büse went on to win a dozen national championships, two European titles and collected another dozen gold medals in ISDT events.“Here is a pic thanks to Brian Catt in 66 Showing one of the Overbored Twins used in the 750 Class, where he is working on the ignition layout, the OIL IN TANK type frame, you can see the filler cap to the left of his hand in the ignition recess, note the left side air filter, BSA QD wheels used for ease. For more details on this bike see the ‘where are they now’ feature at the end of this page.
The Final Score: Results
Speedtracktales wishes to thank Marc Pétrier of FIM Information Resources who has facilitated the scanning of the FIM archive of ISDT results material and is allowing us to make it available here as a public service. Download a copy of the original Results and Stewards Report at the link below.
Artefacts and Collectibles.
This Badge was unearthed by Brian Catt for us, many thanks Brian.
Where are they now?
I am very grateful to STT reader Mark Reul who has sent me this photo of the 100cc Hercules of American rider Charles Hochderfer in it’s actual condition as found and purchased by an Italian collector.
This bike was recovered and restored and here with an interesting article, the Classic Bikers Club web site describes both the bike and the turmoil the British Bike industry was getting into during the mid 60′s which had an impact on the British performance and interest in the ISDT which had ceased to be a race of modified road going bikes into an event for specialist off road machinery which the British Manufacturers were not so keen to produce.