A recent video posted on Facebook suggesting it was in 1953 is clearly taken at an ISDT which after cross referencing the entry list after a suggestion on our Facebook page confirmed it most likely to be 1963. Whilst I have been unable to identify a copy anywhere on YouTube to share it can be seen on our Facebook page.
Keeping busy trying to track down more new and lost old footage of the ISDT for our page dedicated to preserving the moving image of the event – ISDT Tube our latest trawl has turned up these gems from past years well worth cracking a beer (Alchohol and Gluten free included) open and enjoying.
ISDT 1973 – USA
This sextet of fine home movies were made by Dave Sleeper and have been posted on Youtube by Julie Sleeper
Previously unknown film from youtube from Czechoslovakia of the ISDT in 1973 featuring some interesting images of the America seen during the teams visit.
1975 – Isle of Man
A duo of movies produced for Penton Motorcycles recording the ISDT of 1975 in the Isle of Man
1977 – Czechoslovakia
Found on Youtube original material from RDR TV
1979 – Germany
Additional material including the BMW footage from the above movie but with more coverage or the BMW and other manufacturers in the event
1983 – ISDE Wales
More footage of the ISDE of 1983 taken by local film maker / journalist Derek Pugh
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’ve been lagging with a number of articles needing posting but here I’ve now put up a short article on the ISDT 1953 winning 498cc AJS ridden by Hugh Viney which turned up in auction in 2015 after its long term owner passed away.
Photo – Works AJS 498 of Hugh Viney ISDT 1953 (Courtesy Bonhams)
read the article here in our Folk’s and Motors section
Hluk is a town in the Zlin region of south-eastern Morovia in Czechoslovakia. Zlin was the host region for a number of ISDT events. Recently the town has developed a web site to create an archive of its history where it has posted this collection of photos from the ISDT 1953 event taken by a town resident.
These images will be largely unknown in the UK and will be the first time many of the scenes will be new to the Speedtracktales regular followers including Geoff Wagger who will not have seen this photo of his dad Reg before.
This previously unknown footage of the event held in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czechoslovakia from a Movietone News news reel has been located that adds to our knowledge of this event. There are more videos of this and other events available on our video gallery.
1963 – Czechoslovakia
This is a newsreel of the event in 1963 from Movietone News
Featured riders include:
Gilbert (East Germany), Michel (West Germany), Stahl (Sweden), Holy (Czech), Tagli (Italy), Erben (West germany), Roucke Boh (Czech), Paelsson (Russia), Semin (Russia)
In this Post we are going to create from modern geographic information such as Google Maps, the route of the ISDT 1939. I needed to have a list of destinations for the event to help tagging a recently discovered photo collection to date the images. As there is not as of yet, any detailed mapping of the route used and so until such maps are re-discovered this list of each days stops are taken from the maps provided with the results and programme. User Caveat: As this event was organised by the German Government and Military I presume they could go very much wherever they chose. It is likely that some of the tracks used for the event and featured in this article may cross private land for which to use now, the consent of the owner may be necessary. To decide if this is the case, you may need to do further research, unfortunately, we are unable to give advice.
Image – routes of days 1 – 5 ISDT 1939 set out on LANDSAT colour image (Google Earth / Speedtracktales)
Recently noticed in the last few months a new collection of very old Photos started coming up in Google Searches although they appear to have existed since at least 2012. A number of the photos I have seen before in the pages of British Motor Cycling Magazines and these look like scans off glass plates or negatives so I am going to presume the Mortons Archive are using this site as another agency to sell it’s images. No doubt those of you looking for publish quality images for your ISDT / Vintage publications will find this a helpful resource for rights managed images as it appears a lot better than Morton’s own online gallery:
This blog was generated direct off the page but does not appear to share the image but just the key worlds which were for an interwar image taken on the Großglockner. The numbers of images available seem very impressive. The standard ISDT search found 519 images. I was able to create a URL to display the watermarked image here from the gallery page.
Image of the ISDT from the stilltime collection of 20th Century British Photographs