Our gratitude to a reader Adam Sliwka who forwarded details of the Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe – National Digital Archive of Poland web site where an amazing library of historic images included a number from historic ISDT events. The images here are of the ISDT 1936 held in Germany. Of particular interest is the inclusion of images taken of riders on a very new Autobahn, one of the major civil engineering projects that Adolf Hitler had set about after he became the leader of Germany which it is contended were purposely designed to facilitate rapid advancement of his army should a war break out.
Sorry its been a while time waits for no-one and I’ve been struggling to keep up with a lot of things. Just checking through some old emails and I think I missed this one from our German contact SB who shares this image with us featuring the king of cool Steve McQueen.
Beautiful work! How kind of you to give me credit on the International Six Days Trial 1964- September page in Calendar 2014….. Wouldn`t it be great if we could meet in person someday.
1953 was a great year for Great Britain in the ISDT, with one of its dream team line ups in the Trophy team who gave us our last win of the premier event award. A movie of the event was recently spotted on Youtube and is now added to our ISDT Tube feature of all known ISDT movie footage.
At an early stage of the ISDT 1953 we catch Rider #1 FH Whittle with his Panther 598cc sidecar [HYG 477] going through scrutineering. A nice view of British Trophy team member #237 Jack Stocker riding his 496cc Royal Enfield into Scrutineering #37 Olga Kevelos on the start line with her 150cc CZ. #71 PVK Baldwin with his 348 Matchless CC riding for the Sunbeam MCC comes in for fuel then later on again passing through a woodland swamp. #231 David S Tye of the Silver Vase team with his 497cc BSA [NON 496] The course includes checkpoints in Bratislava, open countryside and woodland with the usual ISDT throng of fans and curious local spectating at this festival of motorcycle action. The video finishes with coverage of the night stages and hopefully this is only part 1 and I can find the second part to add to this one.
I am often greatly indebted to Brian Catt who not only feeds me first hand memories of the great ISDT events in the 60’s and 70’s because…. ‘he was there’. His personal ISDT and Enduro knowledge is almost as vast as his library of photos and books. I was therefore very grateful when he passed me copies of the road time sheets for each day of this event along with the schedule options. I am sure these will prove to be very helpful to some readers.
These sheets set out the distances times and type of checks and where the feeling stops would be. The two columns on the extreme right gave optional schedules for the time for riders which would be set in the morning in accordance with prevailing weather and ground conditions.
The thrill of classic six day machines is catching and so the FIM have for 2016 decided to hold an inaugural vintage trophy event for Enduro.More details will be available here
Another annual article leaves the ISDT to remember the incredible sacrifice made by so many to help stop a tyranny that would have changed the world as we know it now with many innocent people being exterminated because they did not fit into the ideal of a Fascist Empire in the making that was stopped dead in its tracks by the will of common men. I include two articles from the press this year covering the story of surviving DR’s Australian signaller and DR Bob Anson and British DR George Brown and here’s hoping they are with us for many years to come
“When I originally joined the Army,”Anson says, “I’d been a cattle drover in Bourke. We were trained at Ingleburn, NSW. As I’d been a horseman I was told to learn to ride a motor bike to get around as a signaller,” Anson says.
In the Australian ‘Newcastle Herald‘ on the 15th June 2015 Mike Scanlon reported on surviving Australian Bob Anson
PEOPLE say Bob Anson would joke that one day he’d get the 9mm German bullet embedded in his side removed to hang it on a necklace. He never did, so his potentially fatal lead souvenir is still lodged beneath ribs on the left hand side of his body.
These images are part of a 1000 image library of ISDT images from the 1952 ISDT held in Austria taken by Artur Fenzlau and were the photos featuring the British entrants both Factory, Military and privateer teams. Please enjoy….
#57 Olga V Kevelos, Birmingham. Parilla 150 (entered as Italian) abandoned day 2
Thanks to the marvellous resource of Google Books I have been able to find the Nov 1971 issue of the American Motorcycle Associations AMA News which includes a 20 odd page report on the ISDT 1971 written by US motorcycle journalist Ed Youngblood, giving as good a history of the Isle as a report on the racing.