German riders Rolf Witthoeft and Herbert Schek were legends in their riding era which was partially due to the longevity of their time riding and also they became best known for riding some of the largest bikes to ever, later known as the Bull Rider Class. These bikes over 750cc may not have had the greatest power to weight ratio but they were powerful and it took a good rider to get these items of heavy metal around a typical ISDT course.
Photo of Rolf Witthoeft as a BMW factory rider in 1979
To be able to provide these two features I am indebted to two regular contributors to this site, Ed Youngblood who is an exceptional Motorcycling Historian and writer in the US with a great deal of personal knowledge of the ISDT who publishes a variety of good material on all aspects of motorcycling at his web site, where I found separate articles on the two heroes mentioned in this blog. Both of these articles were by coincidence originally written by another contributor to this site, German ISDT expert Leo Kellar. After a quick email to the two gentlemen they very quickly confirmed their willingness for these articles to be reproduced here so that their obvious connection with many of the ISDT events can be more quickly made. I am very grateful to Ed and Leo and the original stories can be found here
Paul Blezard said:
It’s HerBERT Schek, not HerMAN, as written in your first line.
You only have to click on your own link, or go to the end of your own blurb to confirm!
Great to see these pix. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and riding with Herbert both in the Welsh 2-day enduro and the Bracken Rally, along with his hard-as-nails daughter Patricia, who, like Herbert himself, finished the Dakar Rally many times.
Paul its an honour for me to see people of your reputation as journalists passing by. Thanks for spotting the very obvious typo which I will blame on finishing too many of these blogs at silly o clock in the morning. You are welcome to draw my attention to any other anomalies.
Paul Blezard said:
It’s nice to be recognised! 😉 PNB