Auction News: Bonham’s ‘The Spring Stafford Sale 2023’


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Welcome to the world of vintage motorcycles, where the sound of revving engines and the smell of petrol create an atmosphere of pure nostalgia. If you’re a fan of classic bikes, then you’re in for a treat as Bonham’s Spring Stafford Sale 2023 is just around the corner. This is the place to be for collectors and enthusiasts who are passionate about vintage motorcycles and want to add some rare pieces to their collection.

1951 Triumph Trophy 500cc ex Jim Alves Works 1951 ISDT

Bonham’s Spring 2023 Auction of classic Motorcycles to include the 1951 Triumph 500cc Trophy ISDT bike of Jim Alves (courtesy Bonham’s)

One of the highlights of this year’s Spring Stafford Sale is the impressive selection of bikes that have been specifically curated for the ISDT / International Six Days Trial enthusiasts. For those who are unfamiliar, the ISDT is one of the most historic motorcycle events in the world, dating back to the early 1900s. This grueling competition, which tests the skill and endurance of riders and machines, has a rich history and a loyal following of enthusiasts who are always on the lookout for rare and unique pieces of ISDT memorabilia.

At Bonham’s Spring Stafford Sale, you’ll find an incredible selection of motorcycles that were used in the ISDT competition, including some rare and sought-after models that are sure to catch the eye of collectors. Whether you’re looking for a vintage BSA, Triumph, or a more obscure brand, you’re sure to find something that will spark your interest.

So, if you’re a fan of classic bikes and are looking for something special to add to your collection, then make sure you don’t miss out on Bonham’s Spring Stafford Sale 2023. With its impressive range of ISDT-related motorcycles, this event is sure to be one of the highlights of the year for vintage motorcycle enthusiasts.

Date 22 – 23 April 2023 Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford.

Web site – Bonham’s Auctions

Catalogue – Issuu

Video spots: ISDT 1963 Jilmnice – Czechoslovakia



A recent video posted on Facebook suggesting it was in 1953 is clearly taken at an ISDT which after cross referencing the entry list after a suggestion on our Facebook page confirmed it most likely to be 1963. Whilst I have been unable to identify a copy anywhere on YouTube to share it can be seen on our Facebook page.

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Auction News: Bonhams THE SPRING STAFFORD SALE 2019


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Yep it’s that time of year again and we start getting excited to see the legendary off-road speed iron that’s been going dusty in a barn or polished in a heated garage come out into the open giving everyone a chance to see delectable examples and wannabe projects of the full history of the off-road motorcycle.

The International Classic MotorCycle Show
27 – 28 April 2019

Auction information

The final Auction show catalog will be published shortly and we will review the best of the ISDT years that may be turning up looking for a new home.


ISDE 1983: new book by Paul Clipper of US Trail Bike Mag fame

This is the promo blurb Paul Clipper put out I’m hoping to try to pin him down to do something special for STT on his experiences of Wales..May even try to get him to release a version at Apple Books

I want to announce that I have a new Six Days book available at Amazon. ISDE 1983, Builth Wells, Wales is available now as a Kindle book or as a paperback. Wales ’83 is the second in a series of maybe 6 or 8 Six Days books I plan to do, digging out all my old photos of the event and putting into print much more than what was in the magazines back in the day. For Wales, I have about 100 photos of our old heroes, all of them much skinnier and sporting more hair–or darker hair–than they do now! It should be a fun read for Six Days fans out there, please check it out on Amazon! BTW, that’s Larry Roeseler on the cover, just in case you’re curious!

Also, note that ISDE 1982 is available as both a Kindle or a paperback now as are pretty much all of the books, except the Nevada Rally book. I’m trying to make that into a paperback but it’s fighting me every step of the way. Soon, I hope.

ISDT revised retro: International Three-Days Maxi Enduro Adventure Elba 2019


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Portoferrario – Isola d’Elba – Italia

Un’Adventure non competitiva alla scoperta in tutto relax delle strade, degli sterrati e degli spettacolari paesaggi dell’Isola d’Elba che lasceranno un ricordo indelebile nella vostra memoria.

Tre giorni in cui esplorerete l’isola che ha ospitato l’International Six-Days Enduro del 1981, il 1° Campionato del Mondo, dominata dai piloti e dalle squadre italiane.

Sotto l’occhio vigile del Dakariano Fabio Fasola e con i nostri partner, in testa Kerosene Racing Team, vi faremo assaporare la guida delle vostre MaxiEnduro e moto non specialistiche (oltre 150 kg) sulle strade bianche dell’isola, facendovi provare le emozioni e il piacere puro della guida.

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Portoferrario – Island of Elba – Italy

A non-competitive adventure to discover in complete relaxation of the roads, dirt roads and spectacular scenery of the Island of Elba that will leave an indelible memory in your memory.

Three days in which you will explore the island that hosted the 1981 International Six-Days Enduro, the 1st World Championship, dominated by Italian riders and teams.

Under the watchful eye of Dakariano Fabio Fasola and with our partners, at the head of Kerosene Racing Team, we will let you enjoy the driving of your MaxiEnduro and non-specialist bikes (over 150 kg) on the white roads of the island, letting you experience the emotions and pleasure pure guide.

ISDT videos: Update



Keeping busy trying to track down more new and lost old footage of the ISDT for our page dedicated to preserving the moving image of the event – ISDT Tube our latest trawl has turned up these gems from past years well worth cracking a beer (Alchohol and Gluten free included) open and enjoying.

ISDT 1973 – USA

This sextet of fine home movies were made by Dave Sleeper and have been posted on Youtube by Julie Sleeper
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Previously unknown film from youtube from Czechoslovakia of the ISDT in 1973 featuring some interesting images of the America seen during the teams visit.

1975 – Isle of Man

A duo of movies produced for Penton Motorcycles recording the ISDT of 1975 in the Isle of Man

Part 1

Part 2

1977 – Czechoslovakia

Found on Youtube original material from RDR TV

1979 – Germany

Additional material including the BMW footage from the above movie but with more coverage or the BMW and other manufacturers in the event

1983 – ISDE Wales

More footage of the ISDE of 1983 taken by local film maker / journalist Derek Pugh

Remembrance Sunday 2018: “Mentioned in dispatches”

Our Remembrance Sunday article. We always pay respect to those that took part in war and made the ultimate sacrifice when asked. Many of these were keen and active off road motorcyclists who in civilian times were keen competitors in events. With this year being the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war we no longer have those who were there to remind us of the great sacrifices made by even those who survived it.

With 24/7 access to information of where in the most remote corners of the world we can get a map of where we are , we can find out where our friends are and get messages in text audio or visual form from whoever we need speak to its going to be hard to convince the children of tomorrow that people would often wait hours or days to get details of what they were to do next or what might be happening outside their line of site. At War communications has been as important as keeping troops fed and fit.

Dispatch riders in Turkey

Photo – Dispatch riders of the Royal engineers on service in the Dardanelles Campaign at Gallipoli against the Turkish Ottomans 1915-16


At an early stage of the development of the motorcycle it was evident it could get from point to point rapidly and getting it over the most difficult of terrains, whilst not easy created competitions that developed skills and and developed machinery that excelled better every year. It was an obvious component that would help in the necessary hand delivery of hand written messages that were necessary to enable military planners deliver their next tactical move. We saw in World War One across all campaign war fields the motorcycle taking a leading role replacing horses to help keep communications moving. The Army initiated the Royal Engineers Signals Service which eventually years later morphed into the Royal Signals Regiment delivering both messages and technology for delivery of messages. In many cases the motorcycle riders were already keen motorcyclists who would be racing in competitions testing the speed and off-road capability of their bikes. In August 1914 the War Department asked Motorcyclists to volunteer with their bikes. Many Owner-riders were recruited and asked to bring their bikes along to help form this new service 400 saw service in 1914.

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Photo – WW1 Dispatch rider collecting message

The story of one of these groups of volunteers, with bothers Cecil and Aleck Burney and Oxford undergraduate WHL Watson who joined the British Expeditionary Force is given in the recent book Two Wheels to War by Martin and Nick Shelley (Helion Publishing 2017.

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Photo – Cecil Burney, Willie Watson,George Owen, Huggie Trespass, Grimers, Fatters, Sadders Spuggie all early volunteers DR’s serving on their motorcycles in Flanders in 1914 (©Helion Company)

British Pathe‘ News newsreel below of the testing of Motorcycles in the Midlands for the British Army

The role of the ‘Dispatch Riders’ became vital to the success of a campaign where their speed, agility and stealth meant they were often less prominent than vehicles or horse riders as well as being able to tackle a wide range of ground conditions. Later companies such as BSA, Royal Enfield and Triumph made machines specifically constructed and modified to serve this purpose and the military motorcycle is a common site even today

British Pathe‘ News newsreel below with some more testing of Motorcycles in the Midlands for the British Army

DR’s as they were know had a tough job requiring supreme handling skills whilst also active at the front line they were vulnerable to enemy fire such as snipers. It required resilience and stamina along with navigational skills at any time of the day they are required. Service was often exposed to more treacherous conditions and were paid accordingly higher than an infantryman

Whilst the ISDT was stopped in its tracks when its 2nd edition fell victim to the global conflict in 1914, after the war the Army quickly saw the benefits in rider development with reliability trials and the Army teams were regular entrants to many national and international reliability trials as well as running their own events to test riders ability for speed and self reliance.

British Pathe‘ News newsreel below featuring an Army organised reliability trial that was the forerunner of modern army organised events such as the Natterjack Enduro held on Army tank ranges in the South of England


For more information on how the Dispatch Riders help win at war can be found in this article recently published by the British Motorcyclists Federation.


ISDT 1952 – The Beezer Bantam that came in from the cold.



Fitzroy Allen’s original BSA Bantam from the ISDT 1952 has been recovered recently from a garage by reader of our facebook page. After put into storage in 1953 this immaculate original ISDT bike was recently brought from the Fitzroys’s family and now resides in comfort in South West Wales. The new owner is keen to share it’s history and would welcome any advice or guidance from any ISDT fans about how best to restore this bygone classic….. am I envious.. you better bet.

The bike was shown at the recent Swansea Classic Motorbike show and attracted a lot of interest including a number of people familiar with its history as a unique one off bike built by the BSA Works factory race shop to be campaigned by Fitzroy Allen. All images are copyright Steven Beavis the lucky owner of this rare gem from this history of British Motorcycle manufacturing.

Photo – Fitzroy Allen’s Works BSA Bantam at Swansea Classic Bike Show Oct 2018

Bike detail images

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam – Quick release front wheel axles

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam – front brake lever

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam Twin cable clutch lever

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam handlebar mount and steering damper

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam clock with 10,431 miles recorded

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam – Fuel Tank

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam – Tool bag and map / check card holder

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam Spark plug and decompressor

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam – Engine

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam – Compressed air bottle

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam Quick release rear wheel axles and suspension

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam – rear number plate

Fitzroy in the ISDT

Image: Clipping from US ‘Cycle’ Mag from 1951 featuring gold medal winning Fitzroy Allen on his BSA Bantam

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam #30 ISDT 1952

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA BantamWelsh Three Day Trial 1952

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam #31 ISDT 1954

Photo – Fitzroy Allen BSA Bantam #31 ISDT 1954


Long live Bill Kershaw 1925 – 2018


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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


Photo – ISDT 1954 Wales Bill Kershaw is seen checking over his bike. Bill was to become a stalwart of the ISDT scene in Wales and later the Enduro events run by the WTRA

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.

Mapping the ISDT: 1967 Poland



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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