There is little doubt that the ISDT is far far, in its reality of a motorcycle event, more than a picnic with a club motorcycle run thrown in for good measure. It has proven serious training for Britain and Germany’s Regular Army. The event did not earn the nickname in the 1930’s of Motorcycling’s Olympics without good reason, it broke bikes and men. It has always been hard and expensive to compete. But for all the great works riders with full factory support the event has maintained a healthy number of keen sporting motorcyclists willing to pay the price of taking part in such an arduous event on man and machine.

A few weeks ago we had a post from a reader who saw his parents photo on our 1952 event page. They were racing their outfit and were regular competitors. After an offer of a selection of family photos from the event I was pleased in this mornings e-mails to get a note and a link to download a treasure trove of an archive of photos from not only the ISDT but also the Welsh Two Day and many of the still classic long distance trials from the time. I will feature some of these in future blogs, especially those of the Welsh Two Day but for now I am happy to share the photos of Reg who rode both as a solo and then on a sidecar which for a few years was passengered by his wife Denise.

Photo - ISDT 1949

Photo – Reg Wagger on his BSA Bantam 125cc [KPX 970] ISDT 1949 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

We do not yet have a results sheet for the 1949 event but Geoff, his son, tells us he thinks he won a Gold Medal.

Photo - ISDT 1949

Photo – #17 Reg Wagger BSA Bantam 125cc at unknown part of course on ISDT 1949 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1949

Photo – #17 Reg Wagger BSA Bantam 125cc ISDT 1949 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1949

Photo – #17 Reg Wagger BSA Bantam 125cc follows #33 ISDT 1949 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1950

Photo – Denise Wagger on left with Bill Slocombe at ISDT 1950 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1950

Photo – #49 Reg Wagger with Denise in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar [LPX 918] at ISDT 1950 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1951

Photo – #16 Reg Wagger with Denise in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar [LPX 918] ISDT 1951 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1951

Photo – #16 Reg Wagger with Denise in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar ISDT 1951 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo – #112 Reg Wagger with Denise in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar #111 Ernst Hans Zündapp 597cc and #113 Georg Weiss Zündapp 597cc ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – #112 Reg Wagger with Denise in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar [LPX 918] ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - Reg Wagger with Denise in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar [LPX 918] ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – #112 Reg Wagger with Denise in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – Reg Wagger with Denise in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar with #113 George Weiss on Zundapp for Germany ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – #112 Reg Wagger with Denise in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – #112 Reg Wagger with Denise in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecarISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – #112 Reg Wagger with Denise in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar ISDT 1952 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – #46 Reg Wagger in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – #46 Reg Wagger in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – #46 Reg Wagger in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – #46 Reg Wagger in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar [NOC 541] ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – #46 Reg Wagger in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar [NOC 541] ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

Photo - ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger

Photo – #46 Reg Wagger in BSA 650cc Gold Flash with sidecar [NOC 541] ISDT 1953 (Images STT Archive / Geoff Wagger)

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