Mapping the ISDT: 1967 Poland

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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.

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Image – route map Day 1 Zakopane Poland ISDT 1967

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1938 NSU OSL 251 Sport


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.

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photo – NSU OSL 251 Sport 1938 – (HH Auctions)

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

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ISDT 1939: the movie

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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.

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image- frame clipped from the NSU promotional movie of a British team Norton ISDT 1939

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Mapping the ISDT:West Germany 1956

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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.

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Image – The route of the 6th and final day of the ISDT 1956 to the east of 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.

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ISDT 1956: Official event programme now on-line

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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

ISDT 1925: Miss L Ball & MissE Foley at Brooklands

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I am grateful to our readerStewart Ellison who drew my attention to this excellent photo taken of #52 Miss E Foley with her Triumph 499cc ohv alongside #64 Miss L Ball James 499cc.

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#52 Miss E Foley 499c Triumph with #64 Miss L Ball James 499cc [DM4687] at Brooklands circuit ISDT 1925

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Classic Enduro – Valle Bergamasche

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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.

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ISDT 1964: newly discovered event photos.

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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.

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Photo – GB Trophy Team #222 J Sandiford’s BSA 350cc ISDT 1964 (Speedtracktales Archive)

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

Remembrance Sunday 2016:Oliver Godfrey, first winner IoM TT 1911

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It comes to that time of the year when we get the chance to set aside some time to remember those who surrendered much or all of what they had because their country asked them to make the ultimate sacrifice. In times where we seem to find more time to watch the future than recall the past, a recent series of posts on Facebook from friends disconcerted that FIFA were blocking the wearing of red poppies at a future football match on Remembrance Sunday, many were silenced when one voice pipped up that in real respect every sport should follow the stance of the ACU and to take the day out of the annual event calendar. I for one shall be at my village war memorial again come rain or shine thinking about and thanking those from all sides who lay down their lives in a national cause, I do not focus on the good or bad of how they got to that point as for many there was no choice but to obey their call up for national service.

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Photo – Oliver Godfrey #112 500cc Indian [BL 90] taken 1914,  completed a lap of the Snaefell circuit at an average speed of 47.63 mph to win the first IoM mountain circuit TT race 1911 and was lost in the earth of Flanders 1916

A motorcycle sport legend Oliver Godfrey, a Londoner, was the winner of the first TT race held on the often considered ‘off-road’ mountain circuit in the Isle of Man in 1911 and part founder of Godfrey’s Motorcycles, Great Portland St., London. Continue reading

ISDT 1939:Recently rediscovered images from the internet

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More images from the Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe – National Digital Archive of Poland this set featuring moments from the ISDT 1939.

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photo – two riders at checkpoint #35 Ofeldw Forstner BMW 494cc of Germany #30 Fred C Perks BSA 496cc ISDT 1939 Germany (Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe)

The ISDT 1939 was put on by the German Government with a view to demonstrating its army motorcyclists supremacy. The organisers encouraged many other European nations to send military teams. However, before the event came to an end the British withdrew their teams as the declaration that commenced WW2 was being made and the government wanted al its military personnel home before they could be detained. More images from the event from this collection are provided below. Continue reading