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Introduction 7th ISDT 1925
Back in UK at Southampton for 1925 the ISDT winners were B Kershaw, G S Arter, & F W Giles took the Trophy for Britain,
We are currently creating content for this section. In order to be able to keep up with our high standards of service, we need a little more time. Please stop by again. Thank you for your interest! ‘STB’ again located these, Thanks!!! from all.The above image is of Marjorie at Brooklands and was not an ISDT image as the bike AU 8497 was the one she rode in 1925.
Photo: #36 Marjories Cottle on Raleigh [AU 8497] at ISDT 1925. Getty caption -‘Marjorie oils up – 22nd June 1925: Marjorie Cottle, one of three female competitors in the International six day reliability trials at Brooklands, oils up her bike before the race.’ (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Marjorie Cottle is the earliest of many of the women who competed in the ISDT. I will try to gather as much of the material we have on the women in a dedicated page to the Women at the ISDT
The following images all appeared in the 27th August 1925 issue of ‘the Motor Cycle‘
And what of the Australians?
This snippet was seen in the Register 8th Sept 1925 which is a newspaper in Adelaide Australia.
SIX DAYS’ TRIALS
A.J.S. SCOOPS INTERNATIONAL POOL
Information received by Wyatt Motoria, Grenfell street, the South Australian distributors of A.J.S motor cycles, is that A.J.S machines swept the board in the international six days’ trial, contested in England from August 17 till 22. Early reports of the severe test showed that the representatives of all other countries failed to continue, and during the final two or three days only the British and Australian teams were left in the running. Most motor cyclists who have followed the racing career of several of the contestants were aware of the fact that A.J.S. machines were well represented in the finishing number, but few anticipated the eventual scoop. The cable from A. J. Stevens, Limited, Wolverhampton England, read as follows:— ‘A.J.S. successes in the international six days’ trial, August 17 to 22. A.J.S. sweeps the board, winning 350 c.c. team prize and A.C.M. Exhibition medal. Riders:- J. H. Simpson, G. E. Rowley, and S. M. Williams. F. W. Giles and his 498 c c sidecar combination recorded the best performance of any passenger machine and was the only one to lose no points Giles was a member of the British team which gained the international trophy and international vase. The New South Wales team representing Australia (S.M. Williams, 349 c.c; A. W. Gregory, 498 c.c; and. A. G.. Stratford, 498 c.c.) recorded best performance of any overseas team, and were the other team to finish.’
An unrelated report to the ISDT this relates to an event in the same period for the Aussies attended. .does anybody know anything about this Welsh Reliability Trial?
Silver medal for C. L. Moyle. A.J.S machines carried all before them in the M.C and A.C.U 24 hours’ reliability trial from Birmingham to Holyhead, on July 17 and 18. The premier awards (the trophy and gold medal) were won by C. W. Hough on a 349 c.c. A.J.S. Frank W. Giles, with his 349 c.c. A.J.S. com- bination. secured the silver medal. South Australian motor cyclists will hear with pleasure that in the contest C. L. Moyle, of Adelaide, was. awarded a silver medal. He lost only three points with his A.J.S. and sidecar, and that was because of a wheel spinning on reaching the top of a steep hill. A.J.S. riders are having aconquering time in all parts of the world at present, for wherever races and trialare held they are in the limelight.
What the papers said
A report on the event appeared in the Motoring magazine Motorsport in its issue of September 1925. The contents of that report appear in this article
You can read a scanned copy of ‘the Motor Cycle’ report of the 27th August 1925 here at our issuu.com library
I am as ever endebted to ‘STB’ again coming to our aid with this donation of ISDT memories
Clearly some mistake here as the same British Team is credited as taking win in both Trophy and Vase. My FIM records seem to point to the Czechoslovakians winning the Vase.
An interesting additional piece of copy competes ‘the Motor Cycle’ coverage of the ISDT and it is the report of the somewhat unsuccessful post race dinner that was frustrated by late arrivals of some teams and early departures of others trying to catch trains. However it is interesting to see the guest of honour to the event was non less than Lt Col J T Moore Brabazon MC MP, a peer of the realm and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport. Needless to say this confirms how significant in the cultural sporting calendar of pre war Britain sat the ISDT as a national sporting event of importance to attract such a senior politician.