It is with extreme sadness tonight I have to report the passing on of Welsh Enduro legend Bill Kershaw in the early hours of the 18th March. Bill was one of the main characters of the Enduro scene in Wales where from his Newport home he was one of the driving force in the Welsh Trail Riders Association, organisers of such classic events as the Snow Run and Beacons Enduro. However not only was Bill a legend, as well as his wife, in their own right, his father Bert Kershaw had been a rider of national importance for Britain in the 1920’s and 1930’s
I knew Bill many years mostly from his work helping to protect our road network from the continual sibling that was reducing the availability of routes. Whilst at one public enquiry faced by an aggressive local authority solicitor intent on stopping motorbikes from continuing to use an ancient road he was asked to explain how good his memory was by a comparison with his understanding of the route by his recollection fo the traffic light system in Newport. In the kind of inconsequential way Bill would reply to such questions having confirmed he knew the traffic light system exceptionally well he added that has Director of Highways at Newport Council he clearly has good reason to have a good understanding of it. At that moment the wind seemed to drop out of the solicitors sails and he clearly conceded what ever cheap point he was about to make was going to only confirm his own stupidity. His loss is very personal to me as I was a great admirer of the man who gave me significant guidance on many matters that have added to my life’s successes.
As part of the preparation to trying to create a digital map of the original route in the modern times we are publishing a print of the event route for the event should any Polish readers or speakers be able to help us in locating a number of the places and tracks. More information can be found in the program for the ISDT 1967 event on the event page.
H & H are holding their beloved auction at the National Motorcycle Museum on the 9th December 2017.
A number of worth period pieces for the inter war years can be seen including a BMW R35 from 1939 and a Velocette MOV from 1938 which appears to have had only two owners since new.
My attention was however drawn to Lot 33, this delightful German NSU in the above photo and very much a dream ISDT machine of the inter war year German motorbike industry. From Germany there is little detail of its heritage but it clearly could have given a good performance in the ISDT with an estimate of £7500 – 8500 with bidding starting at £3750 I can see it being a popular piece for any off-road heritage collectors
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, come inside come inside.
The ‘Great Escape’ as it was known amongst UK ISDT fans, possibly the ‘Great Escape 2’ to those who are most familiar also with the events around the ISDT 1914, is one of the iconic events in the international off-road motorcycle reliability series dedicated to testing motorcyclist and motorcycle endurance where they did not expect machines to excel for a mere continuous 24 hours but a full 6 days to test their mechanical stamina and that of the riders mounted on them. You will find an embedded copy of the video down underneath the below photo of a British Norton.
Thank you to our Euro correspondent SB for digging up a route map for the 6th day of the ISDT 1956. We have now loaded it into Google Earth to protect it’s history and provide a copy of the scanned map here for those studying the 1956 event held at Garmisch Partenkirchen.
If any readers have any experiences or photos of this route please drop a line so we can add them to the events route profile.
With great thanks to our Euro ISDT expert we now have a scanned copy of the event programme for the ISDT 1956 which has been hand annotated to record the final starting list on the first day.
The program can be found at our issue.com library along with other programmes and magazine reports from the original events
Thanks to Brian Catt for spotting and sharing a classic video of a major Italian Enduro that was held in Bergamo in 1964, the same year as the ISDT in E Germany that many still relate to the participation of a US team with Steve McQueen
The event was held by the Moto Club Bergamo a well known and respected motor cycle club. The following article was created by a direct translation by Google Translate and we thank the Moto Club Bergamo and hope you enjoy the videos.
“Generations of fans, not only from Bergamo, have lived VALLI as an epic, generations of public administrators have applied for, desired, cajoled as a guarantee flower for tourism development to be celebrated in the municipal councils, parishes, in the newspapers.
I am grateful as always to our Euro reporter SB who has provided these amazing snaps for our 200th blog post taken at the ISDT 1964 including some of the British team machines. I do not know the origin of these images and as soon as I know I will arrange a full credit.
Check below for the rest of the images which are going to produce a bit of a bountiful harvest for the fans of Greeves bikes with plenty of action from this event possibly made most famous by the presence on the US Trophy Team of one Steve McQueen, whose team mate Dave Ekins can be found here. Continue reading