‘Need a job done go find a busy man’ so the old maxim goes and like rust we never find time to sleep at Speedtracktales. Just before Xmas as the project of mapping the routes began an original copy of the German Motorcycle Magazine ‘Das Motorrad’ was obtained for the 24th July 1937 which covered the 19th edition of the event held in Wales. Working on it was put on hold until now and whilst we negotiate / await a translation of the article to extend the available knowledge of the 1937 ISDT I have posted the images with the original captions in German, on the basis I have sadly not got the faintest clue what they may be saying. However I have tried my best second guess in the text underneath. it is likely this may be one of the first times these images have been seen in the UK since 1937.
At a checkpoint with #214 HD Cartwright 348cc BSA who finished with a gold medal and #215 NSKK entered E Schaeffer on a 493cc Zündapp of the German ‘A’ Vase team that came 3rd in the Silver Vase competition and who also finished with a Gold Medal hands his time card to a checkpoint official.
#193 J Stelzer from Germany on his works entered BMW 496cc of the German Trophy team who gained a gold medal is followed by #182 Len Heath on Ariel 497cc of the British ‘A’ Vase team but who retired on the 5th day
A photo including Adolf Hühnlein the leader of German Motorcycle sports in Germany watches H Behrens and passenger guide their Zündapp 569cc up an un-named, possibly the Allt y Badi, near Llangollen, finishing with a silver medal
A german rider on a Zündapp descends towards the official lunch stop at Llangollen, which can be seen pictured in British magazine reports of the time
At the start line on the trial’s first day for an unlucky trio, left to right #35 H Stroinigg, Puch 248cc of the Austria Silver Vase team who retired on the first day #34 W Leppin DKW 248cc of Germany who retired the following day #33 H Crabtree New Imperial 246cc who retired on the 4th day.
Climbing a rough stone track are riders #47 V Stanislav on Jawa 247cc who gained a gold medal of the Czech Trophy team followed by #46 H Scherzer of Germany on a works entered DKW 245cc who also finished with a gold medal
A rider crosses a deep river crossing by one of a number of temporary bridges created specifically for the event due to higher than usual water levels on the old mountain road between Abergwesyn and Tregaron
Photo of the 1937 winners of the international trophy for Britain Left to right #107 GE Rowley on works AJS 346cc, #70 VN Brittain on works Norton 348cc and #118 WS Waycott with his works 595cc Velocette with sidecar
#135 Zimmermann 498cc Zündapp of an SS team leaves a service area guided out and watched over by a large crowd and policeman whilst about to depart is #104 L Kraus on factory entered 596cc BMW of the German Trophy team
Hühnlein along with a large contingent of German helpers followed the even as it moved around Wales and is here seen in his BMW sidecar outfit. Much controversy arose about the implications of what the German helpers may have been up to as they drove about through often sensitive military sites that would become targets when the countries went to war 3 years later.
German and British Sidecars make quick progress up the Allt y Bady near Llangollen
Hopefully the article can be reproduced in full once we have a translation available.