Nees reaches us a few days late that one of motorcycle sports greatest stars passed away on the 1st May 2015. Although famous as a road racer he made a significant impact in later years through his company which sold classic historical films of bikes as video and later DVD. There are many tributes in the motoring press which I will not be able to compete with in this mark of respect. Here however is a photo of the dapper Geoff Duke at the ISDT 1951 with British Trophy teamster Hugh Viney.
AJS, Australian's, Beggars' Roost, Bruton, Devon, Draycott Hill, Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor, Fingle Bridge, Harley Davidson, Indian Chief, ISDT 1925, Kingsettle Hill, Lynton, Middle Down Hill, Norweigians, Porlock, Raleigh, Shepton Mallett, Somerset, South Molton, Wedmore, Wellington
Information about the ISDT 1925 is rather sparse. The event started at Southampton before heading for the first time ever to Wales. We recently discovered that an article published in Motorsport was available online and we reproduce that article below. The auto magazine Motorsport has an immaculate online archive with every article in every issue since 1924 available to be read.
“NOTES ON THE A.C.U. INTERNATIONAL SIX DAYS’ TRIAL.
ALTHOUGH not a “sporting event” in the strict interpretation of the term, the International Six Days’ Trial calls for more than passing comment as being one of the most strenuous events organised up to the present time.
The story of the Lambretta Rallymaster as used by Alan Kimber in the ISDT 1961
Flicking through an issue of ‘the Motor Cycle‘ 19 July 1951 I spotted this article which drew my mind to a video I had seen on Youtube and thought I had featured it in a previous Blog here.
After being unable to find it, I presumed it must have been posted on the Speedtracktales facebook page, so I retraced my steps and found the movie on Youtube. Although dedicated to the Observed Trials events held in the mighty Yorkshire Centre of the ACU, it has links to the ISDT through the many Six Days riders who competed well at a national level in Observed Trials and Reliability Trials. None more so than the narrator of the film Shipley man, Allan Jeffries, who apart from wins in the Scott, Scottish Six Days and British Expert Trials was a well-respected and regular ISDT competitor and who captained the successful winning British Team in the ISDT 1948. The film called ‘Rock, Moorland and River‘ was professionally made, with its own soundtrack medley of Yorkshire Aires played by a Brass Band and received a World Premiere 22 July 1951 at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Yorkshire.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Jdnb2Gz3c]
The Bradford Club deserves the nations thanks for the effort in making the original film which is a factual and informative historical insight into motorcycle sport in the heyday of Britain’s national love and obsession with the Motorbike before the car became common place in our streets and roads. Also our gratitude for subsequently the digitisation and restoration before loading for public enjoyment on Youtube.
Limited ISDT interest again however of interest to many may be this Ex Works BSA XB31 Trials bike of 1947 ridden by Irishman Terry Hill to victory in the 1949 British Experts Trial.
further details here
My personal favourite from the auction, but judging by the guide price I am not alone in considering the bike is from possibly the greatest motorbike builders in the interwar years who were able to use great engineering tools and design to focus on the future rather than concentrating on building ontop of existing traditions and reputation. Although they may no longer be making Motorcycles the parent company remains at the forefront of the Motor Industry.
And Christmas v2 for the Classic and Vintage Motorcycle lover has arrived early in 2014.. around Easter time at the Staffordshire County Showground.
Apart from a few attractive lots of prewar copies of ‘the Motor Cycle‘ or ‘Motorcycling‘ bundled with a few programmes or photos of interest to ISDT collectors. Of motorcycles a few nice pukka trials bikes and a few road trim Tiger Cubs, but the most obvious item is this rather nice Ariel Red Hunter although no evidence of it having been used in the ISDT.
Download the programme as pdf here
This week ‘British Pathé‘ archive was officially released on Youtube. This famous news reel archive that would have been the main feature of cinema visits in the past includes short articles for news features of the time on the ISDT.
Not many seem to exist and I hope more are subsequently found and released
With much thanks due to Deryk Wylde the ISDT historian and classic off road motorcycle journalist I have now taken ownership of the original Clerk of Course OS 1″ maps used by the route markers. Hopefully apart from now being preserved for ever they can help update the course mapping we have and be shared with ISDT historians
Olga Kevelos was one of the foremost and often admired of the women riders of the ISDT very forceful and singleminded when needed which as a rider gave perfect qualities to compete against and beat men with skill rather than brute strength. However she was know to throw the odd curved ball once in a while in her passion to seek change and improvement in motor cycle sport.
A recent trip to the museum of eBay found an old copy of the tabloid format edition of British weekly ‘Motor Cycle incorporating Motor Cycling‘ of the 14th of February 1968 with a headline “Six Days Scramble Plan – Olga demands ISDT Shake-up”
I was able to glean the following information of a radical proposal to restructure the ISDT being put forward by Olga Kevelos on behalf of the Midland Centre of the ACU.
A kind random end of year post letting you, the reader, join in the fun of putting places and names to pictures…. The basic ISDT keyword search of the still time has unearthed a quality haul of 518 mostly pre-war images of the ISDT. Work to identify and seek long term access to the images in Speedtracktales is underway. In the mean time a more convoluted series of searches found very badly ( ie minimal) keyworded images of motorbikes in what appear to be ISDT style events. Can any one confirm any riders identities and which event it might have been.
Nazi / NSKK insignia on riders jacket . possibly #153 G Wolf 730cc BMW ISDT 1937, #153 was a GB Ariel rider 1938, only 142 competed in 1933. Had the Welsh 3 Day got its current International FIM status before the war?