ISDT 1913 – England

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Introduction 1st ISDT 1913

The first event of the FIM, or FICM as it was then known was the ISDT which was held 18 – 23rd August 1913 and based on Carlisle in Cumberland part of a region of Great Britain popularly known as the ‘Lake District’ The event was the 11th such  6 day trial event held by the Auto Cycle Union, which had held the first one in the year of its foundation 1903. Having decided to hold the trial as an international event in 1912 the ACU held a test event in the Lake District in autumn 1912 and you can learn more about that, here , on our blog

Image of scanned cover of Official Programme for 1st ISDT 1913

Included in this page are extracts of the original programme for the event which has kindly been provided to Speedtracktales by our European Correspondant STB. If you wish to reuse this material please contact us for consent.

Read the 1913 ISDT programme at our Issuu.com library (requires flash)

The International Six Days’ Trial – original official name “the First International Touring Trial’, which has nothing to do with observed Trials, was practically born together with the FIM, because during the reconstitution of the FICM by the Englishmen in November 1912 in London, the delegate J.R. Nisbet, (Vice President of the ACU and an ACU Steward at the first event), proposed the organisation of an annual international contest between the various bodies forming the Federation. At the following Congress, in Paris in December, it was decided that this contest should take the form of a Six Days’ Reliability Trial.

There is a helpful article on the event on the FIM website on the history of the 1913 event

The FIM article originally appeared in the FIM magazine ‘Ride with Us‘ which can be viewed online at issuu.com

The other ACU Stewards  were Rev E P Greenhill, the Chairman of the ACU’s Competition Committee and G Stanley Carter the Vice Chairman of the Competitions Committee

This press cutting from the Derby Daily Telegraph in the ‘Car & Cycling Notes’ by R Seyeford expresses the purpose and general form that the first International Trophy event. Interestingly considering the fame of the Women riders in the event during the 1920’s and 30’s, women were barred from the first edition.

image of scanned newspaper article Derby Daily Telegraph 12 July 1913 ISDT 1913

I am exceedingly grateful for the endless detective work of ‘STB’ who has been uncovering so much original material it makes it almost possible to feel like you were there

The 11th Touring Reliability Trial incorporated the First International Six Day Trial which took place at the Skating Rink, Carlisle, Cumberland ( now Cumbria) August 18th to 23rd 1913

In the following year, in 1913, the British Cycle and Motorcycle Manufacturers and Traders Union presented a permanent Trophy for this competition. The first Trial, still called International Road Trial, was held in and won by England in 1913. At the Paris Congress on October 25, 1913, it was agreed that the 1914 International Trial should be held in France and the 1915 Trial in Germany. The 1914 Trial was on the eve (Vorabend) of the start when the First World War broke out. The following Congress was held in January 1920 in London, where it was decided that the International Trial of that year be logically held in France. Originally, the International Trial was open to “motor bicycles, motor bicycles with sidecars, and cyclecars, conforming to the regulations of the (Federation Internationale des Clubs Motorcyliste) FICM “. As the first international competition organised between clubs members of the FICM, the idea was to test one a year the capacities of the riders and machines on a reliability, but also endurance test over a long distance, plus a speed test on the last day . The rules of the first years stated that “the route must consist of roads that are practicable in all weathers for every type of motor-cycle.

Here, from the FIM web site article, are a few extracts of what were the first sporting rules in the FIM history, which received some amendments during the meeting held on 25 October 1913 at the Automobile Club de France in Paris.

“A Motorbicycle is defined as a vehicle comprising a frame, two wheels and a suitable engine. Motor vehicles with more than two wheels, and weighing without oil, fuel and water, less than 300 kg, are included in the term Motorcycle. The divisions and classes into which motorcycles are divided by the FICM are as follows (cylinder capacity not exceeding – minimum weight without oil or fuel):

Division 1: 250cc – 40 kg; 350cc – 50 kg; 500cc – 60 kg; 750cc – 70 kg; 1000cc – 80 kg” (a minimum diameter for tyres is established for each class).

Division 2: Motorbicycles with sidecars: 350cc – 80 kg; 500cc – 100 kg; 750cc – 110 kg; 1000cc – 120 kg. All vehicles in division 2 must be fitted with a clutch or other “free engine” device

Division 3: Cyclecars: all three or four wheeled motor vehicles other than motorbicycles with sidecar, carrying one or two persons and of a maximum weight of 300 kg (without liquid): 750cc – 150 kg; 1100cc – 175 kg. All vehicles in division 3 must be fitted with a clutch or other “free engine” device, and with a change-speed gear.

The minimum weight for any driver or passenger carried by either a motorbicycle or any other class of motorcycle, is uniformly fixed at 60 kg. This weight may be made up, if necessary, by ballast”.

Auto-Cycle Union of Great Britain took the initiative of calling a meeting which was held at Olympia in London on 28 November 1912. Delegates from Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States were present. The FICM was re-established in order to control and develop the sporting and touring aspects of motorcycling and to assist motorcycle users in those fields. Two weeks later, a Congress was held in Paris in which – beside the countries already mentioned – Germany, Austria and Switzerland also took part. These ten countries are considered as the official founder members of the FICM. The Marquis de Mouzilly St-Mars was elected Patron and the Honourable Sir Arthur Stanley MP President. The following year the first international event held under the aegis of the FICM took place: the International Six Days Reliability Trial.

France, racing with blue colours – Entrant: Union Motocycliste de France
M. Guilloreau on a Clement-Gladiator 350cc, twin cylinder, 2,75 HP
M. Gabriel on a Clement-Gladiator 498cc, twin-cylinder, 4 HP
M. Bourbeau on a Bedelia Cyclecar 1100cc, twin-cylinder, 8 HP

Great Britain, racing with green colours – Entrant: Auto Cycle Union
W.B. Gibb on a Douglas 349cc, twin-cylinder, 2,75 HP
W.B. Little on a Premier 499cc, single cylinder, 3,5 HP
C.R. Collier on a Matchless with Sidecar, 964cc, twin-cylinder, 8 HP

Thanks again to our special european agent “STB” who can be relied on to find the best ISDT archives in Europe.

Photo of Bourbeau’s Bedelia light car

Above is the Bedelia, produced at Bourbeau et Devaux Co. Paris. Competitors were weeded out wholesale and broken springs in Cycle cars, damaged frames, and gear and tyre troubles were commonplace, whilst some competitors had to abandon their motor cycles or cycle cars and return to Carlisle by train. The French team contesting for the International suffered complete decline and the British team were not immune from numerous delays.  All the competitors are hardened riders, but as a protest to the officials against what they call “motor obstacle racing, many of the survivors have decided, it is stated, to retire from the trial.For the first 30 miles the route, of which Shipton was the extreme limit, was quite easy wrote correspondent of the “Yorkshire Post” a comment that after passing Penrith it turned into a track that went sharply up into the hills.  This surface strewn with stones and rocks very clearly shook the riders off _”buckjump-ing” they called it.  Passing through a country upland there was a gradual descent through gullies and a few of the competitors had to stop to mend punctures.  At the bottom a small brook flowed over a stony bed.  Some riders sped across, the water splashing over them; others more cautious, waded across with their machines, so losing marks.  Next the course ran through narrow country lanes leading miles across country, and here one man retired (more anon)

Photo of Bourbeau’s Bedelia light car seen here at Le Mans

Photo of the scrutineering of bikes and sealing of machines at the Skating Rink in Carlisle ISDT 1913

Images of Scanned article indicating the severity of ground conditions which ultimately led to a riders revolt at the end of the 2nd day. Thanks to STB for uncovering this gem

Photo of a weighbridge scene with bikes #6 #21 #37 #53 #130 from the first ISDT 1913 (Copies of this image can be purchased from http://www.mortonsarchive.com)

Photo of Charles Collier (left) was the founder of the Matchless factory with his brother Harry. He was a member of the British team who took part in the 1913 Six Days driving a 964cc twin-cylinder Matchless with sidecar. (Image courtesy FIM)

Image of scanned list of British and French team in ISDT 1913

Image of scanned article explaining time and penalty arrangements for ISDT 1913

Image of scanned article on event penalty marks in ISDT 1913

Image of scanned marking for trials and tests in ISDT 1913

image of scanned article on penalties for machine condition in ISDT 1913

Image of scanned details of conditions of entry and scrutiny of vehicles in ISDT 1913

Photo at event administration Skating Rink BookingOffice with #46 Holroyd and #63 Mills registering their machines at ISDT 1913

Day 1

Route Map

Image of Day 1 Course Map for ISDT 1913

Course Gradient Profile

Image of scanned copy of Course Profile Day 1 ISDT 1913

Route Description

Image of scanned route description and mileages Day 1 ISDT 1913

Images from Day 1

Photo of #147 CR Collier Matchless S/c and #7 F C de la Hey Sunbeam at start day 1 ISDT 1913

Photo of F A Applebee on Scott at start Day 1 skating Rink Carlisle ISDT 1913

Photo of Competitors and Machines at Carlisle ISDT 1913

Photo of #77 H Berwick Hampton and #61 G J Shenans Triumph on road near Penrith ISDT 1913

Photo of H Blamire on his Haslewood and Norman Lea on a Francis on the Kirkstone Pass day 1 ISDT 1913

Photo of S Browne on a James twin on the approach to Foolstep Hill ISDT 1913

Photo taken on Kendale Hill #160 Slater on JBS in ISDT 1913

Photo of day 1 at Foolstep Hill #161 Bourbeau on Bedelia ISDT 1913

Photo of day 1 at a watersplash near Penrith #155 Walker on Harding and Summers in ISDT 1913

Day 2

Route Map

Image of Day 2 Course Map for ISDT 1913

Course Gradient Profile

Image of  scanned copy of Course Profile Day 2 ISDT 1913

Route Description

Image of scanned route description and mileages Day 2 ISDT 1913

Images of Day 2

Photo of#119 H C Marston Triumph S/c with #146 W Land Dibb on Rex Sidecar on Watermillock House ISDT 1913

Photo of day 2 at Buttertubs Pass #62 Westmorland on Premier #149 Rutherford on Matchless Sidecar in ISDT 1913

Photo of day 2 at Gastack Beck with #111 Sumner on Zenith in ISDT 1913

Photo of day 2 at Gastack Beck in front #106 Hill on Indian and #70 Noble on Rover in ISDT 1913

Photo of riders waiting outside of a control at Penrith on 2nd day #138 W H Eggington – Enfield Sidecar #65 D M Bro – Rover #74 ISDT 1913

Photo of day 2 at WhiteShaw MossBank with #152 Blackburn on Morgan in ISDT 1913

Day 3

Route Map

Image of Day 3 Course Map for ISDT 1913

Course Gradient Profile

Image of scanned copy of Course Profile Day 3 ISDT 1913

Route Description

Image of scanned route description and mileages Day 3 ISDT 1913

Images of Day 3

Photo of day 3 at Warnell Fell Flexibility test #2 J.B.Sproston on Sunbeam starts in ISDT 1913

Photo of Alan HIll – Indian and D H Noble – Rover ascending Gastack Beck in ISDT 1913

Photo of riders struggling on Gastack Beck as E H Lees on a Zenith passes ISDT 1913

Photo of H Greaves on Enfield Sidecar in front of crowds of spectators in Gastack Beck ISDT 1913

Photo of day 3 at Warnell Fell_Flexibility test; left to right Mr.Ebblewhite, Timekeeper Mr.Nisbet VicePresident ACU with #6 Gutgemann on Veloce at ISDT 1913

Day 4

Route Map

Image of Day 2 Course Map for ISDT 1913

Course Gradient Profile

Image of scanned copy of Course Profile Day 4 ISDT 1913

Route Description

Image of scanned route description and mileages Day 4 ISDT 1913

Images from Day 4

Nothing yet confirmed

Day 5

Route Map

Image of Day 5 Course Map for ISDT 1913

Course Gradient Profile

Image of scanned copy of Course Profile Day 5 ISDT 1913

Route Description

Image of  scanned route description and mileages Day 5 ISDT 1913

Images from Day 5

Photo of day 5 at Gummers How with #42 North on Ariel (winner manufactory teams) #122 Stevens on AJS Sidecar Outfit in ISDT 1913

Photo on day 5 at Gummers How with #156 Keiller on GWK in ISDT 1913

Photo of day 5 Kirkstone Pass with #7 T.C.delaHay on Sunbeam #111 A.V.Sumner on Zenith in ISDT 1913

Photo of day 5 at Kirkstone Pass with#32 H.V.Colver on Enfield #106 B.A.Hill on Indian #38 G.E.Cuffe on Premier in ISDT 1913

Photo of day 5 at Kirkstone Pass with #49 W.H.Longton on Alldays at ISDT 1913

Photo of day 5 at Kirkstone Pass with #55 A.C.F.Andrews on Ariel at ISDT 1913

photo of day 5 at Kirkstone Pass with #67 N.Lea on Lea-Francis #92 H.Blamire on Hazlewood at ISDT 1913

Photo of day 5 at Kirkstone Pass with #124 F.A.Applebee on Scott #147 C.R.Collier on Matchless Sidecar at ISDT 1913

Photo of day 5 at Tow Top with #39 Cooke on ASL top of the hill in ISDT 1913

Photo of day 5 at Tow Top with #147 Collier – Tow Top in the rain at ISDT 1913

Day 6

image of scanned document

Image of scanned review of ISDT 1913

Image of scanned review of ISDT 1913

Image of scanned review of ISDT 1913

Image of scanned article

Image of scanned list of awards from Carlisle Journal 26 Aug 1913 for ISDT 1913

Image of scanned list of medals awarded ISDT 1913

Much of this article relies on information from news articles of the time. If you wish to read the report of the event in Motor Cycle of August 1913 we have now got it available to be read online here: report on ISDT 1913 in Motor Cycle

the Motor Cycle 21 August 1913

the Motor Cycle 28 August 1913

List of Starters and Results

Image of scanned list of medals by manufacturer in ISDT 1913

Image of scanned list of marks lost and marks gained – Mr.Morgan on Morgan in ISDT 1913

Image of Results for flexibility trial in ISDT 1913

Image of scanned results speed trial ISDT 1913

image of scanned results Pt. 1 for ISDT 1913

Image of scanned results Pt. 2 for ISDT 1913

image of scanned results Pt. 3 for ISDT 1913

Pictures always wanted……

Further Reading and Links

Wikipedia ISDT 1913 (German)

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