Thus read the article headline for the report on the ISDT 1951 that appeared in the 27th September edition of ‘the Motor Cycle‘ for 1951.
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Fifteenth Success for British Teams in the Trophy Contest: Netherlands Team Wins Silver Vase on Speed Test: An event of Varying Severity in Northern Italy
The issue’s Editorial read
BRITAIN WINS AGAIN
The International Six Days’ Trial in Italy
ONCE more a British team has won the International Six Days’ Trial. This success brings the number of British wins to 15 of the total of 26 Trials that have been held. The British quintet completed the six-day course of some 1,200 road miles and the final hour’s speedtest without loss of marks to beat the Austrian team by one mark. Although there were only three teams competing for the International Trophy – the third was Italy – the lustre of the success is not diminished, since no team could have done better.
In the Silver Vase contest, at the conclusion of the road mileage a Netherlands team, mounted on Czechoslovak machines, was tying with the British “A” team with no marks lost. During the speedtest the Netherlands men were able to improve on their schedule by a higher percentage than the British riders on larger-capacity machines. Four of the seven teams to finish un-penalized in the manufacturers’ contest were from Britain and the riders of one of the remaining teams were mounted on British machines. A Swedish team was first in the club contest.
The event, while being regarded as successful, disclosed shortcomings on the organization side. A further point is that, on the whole, time schedules were easy to maintain, yet for those riding on the higher speed schedules – members of International, Silver Vase and Manufacturers’ teams – there were a few sections where almost super human efforts were required to avoid losing marks. It is desirable that, as far as possible, the “International” should be a test in virtue of sustained hard riding rather than an extremely severe test for a relatively short portion of the total mileage. Time schedules for those not in one of the teams mentioned earlier were not too difficult to maintain, as indicated by the large number of gold medals won for finishing the trial without loss of marks.
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The confidence for Britain’s success and domination in the event was repeated in the ISDT 1953 which they again lifted the International Trophy, however, this would be Britain’s last time although they came very close on a number of other occasions.