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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.

The article can be read in full via our online library of vintage magazine articles held at issuu.com here

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

Photo - Effective shot of #182 F.M Rist (646 BSA) British Trophy Team captain near Levo ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo – Effective shot of #182 F.M Rist (646 BSA) British Trophy Team captain near Levo ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

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.

The report on the event, including the manufacturers adverts, can now be read in our issuu.com library of ISDT reports and programmes and can be read by following this link

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The following images appear in the article.

Photo - Majestic scenery at Piedmuler: S Mazzola (CZ) leads N. Biasci (Vespa) and D.Mazzancini (Vespa) ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo – Majestic scenery at Piedmuler: S Mazzola (CZ) leads N. Biasci (Vespa) and D.Mazzancini (Vespa) ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo - A 60cc competitor; #2 Mario Visioli on his little Ducati at Arona ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo – A 60cc competitor; #2 Mario Visioli on his little Ducati at Arona ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo - Fine action shot of #48 FH Whittle (Panther sc) near Vogogna. Following the Panther is U. Cervani (Matchless) ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo – Fine action shot of #48 FH Whittle (Panther sc) near Vogogna. Following the Panther is U. Cervani (Matchless) ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo - Shirt-sleeved crods at Gravellona watch the ISDT competitors come though. L Archer (BSA) is ahead of E. Dow (BSA) ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo – Shirt-sleeved crowds at Gravellona watch the ISDT competitors come though. L Archer (BSA) is ahead of E. Dow (BSA) ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo - By Lake Maggiore. S Cymyral (Puch) is closely followed by PT Hammond (Triumph)ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo – By Lake Maggiore. S Cymyral (Puch) is closely followed by PT Hammond (Triumph)ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo - Busy scene as German competitor Franz Ischinger refuels his DKW two-fifty at  Mosso Santa Maria ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo – Busy scene as German competitor Franz Ischinger refuels his DKW two-fifty at Mosso Santa Maria ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo - IN the shadow of the mountains; G Keitel (Zündapp sc) and HP Müller (DKW) seen near Vogogna ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo – In the shadow of the mountains; G Keitel (Zündapp sc) and HP Müller (DKW) seen near Vogogna ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo - A fine scene by Lake Como; the leading competitor is  A Montanari (Guzzi) ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo – A fine scene by Lake Como; the leading competitor is A Montanari (Guzzi) ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo - Britain's victorious Trophy team - left to right B.H.M Viney, P.H. Alves, C.M. Ray, W.J. Stocker and F.M. Rist, captian. Team manager Len Heath stands behind ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo – Britain’s victorious Trophy team – left to right B.H.M Viney, P.H. Alves, C.M. Ray, W.J. Stocker and F.M. Rist, captain. Team manager Len Heath stands behind ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo - Fast riding by placid Lake Como: B.H.M Viney (AJS of the British Trophy team leads D. Evans (Ariel) ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

Photo – Fast riding by placid Lake Como: B.H.M Viney (AJS of the British Trophy team leads D. Evans (Ariel) ISDT 1951 (speedtracktales archive)

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.

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