ISDT 1926 – England

Under construction always…

Introduction

1926 ISDT held in Britain at Buxton resulted in G W Walker, J Lidstone, with P Pike taking the Trophy for Britain.

image – scanned cover of ‘The Motor Cycle’ magazine with advert for Welsh TT

Here we go! & look at the Welsh TT ad. bottom right on the front page.

Photo of 3 German motorcycle riders #33 Roth on a BMW #37 Schleicher on BMW #69 Count von Egloffstein on Ernst at ISDT 1926

As ever thanks to ‘STB’ for identifying the above riders.

Image - scanned photo from 'the Western Mail' Perth, Western Australia 25th March 1926 of Roy Charman A Western Australian Motorcyclist who represented Australia in the ISDT 1926

Image – scanned photo from ‘the Western Mail’ Perth, Western Australia 25th March 1926 of Roy Charman A Western Australian Motorcyclist who represented Australia in the ISDT 1926

Photo of motorcyclists #45 Harley Davidson mounted J Boelstra with #42 Van der Veen of Netherlands on his FN tackling steep climbing mountain track near Buxton ISDT 1926

Photo: August 1926: Motorcycles on an International Reliability trial taking a bend on a country lane. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images) ISDT 1926

The following image was found on the excellent http://www.austinharris.co.uk website which is a man’s dedication to maintaining the history of historic motorsports using the amazing photo archive at Haymarket. Original prints of these images can be obtained from that site by following this link.

Photo #113 Goodall and Whittard and their Morgan ISDT 1926

Photo – #113 Goodall and Whittard with Morgan ISDT on Blackwell Mill Hill ISDT 1926

Photo - G H Goodall with Morgan ISDT 1926

Photo – #113 G H Goodall with Morgan ISDT 1926 (Courtesy MotorSport)

Photo a View at Buxton Derbyshire ISDT 1926 (Courtesy of Dave Martin)

Photo of H B Hughes Norton and J H Calvert 600 Scott get mixed up on Litton Slack Climb ISDT 1926

Photo of motorcyclists #41 #46 struggling on steep loose climbing mountain track at Blacken Mill Hill ISDT 1926 (Courtesy of Dave Martin)

A well observed climb!! for more information on the severity of this climb check the news cuttings we have unearthed reporting on the progress of the event.

Photo of sidecar outfit #97 struggling on steep Blacken Mill Hill climb ISDT 1926

Results of event with rider review based by motorcycle make from non-sourced news article

Images of scanned newspaper cutting of event report and results ISDT 1926

Photo of motorcyclists on Mountain road ISDT 1926

Here is one pic rescued by Dave Martin, does anyone out there have where or who info please!

Photo of C W Ramstedt 344 Wallis cruising at the Waterslacks ‘splash’! ISDT 1926

Photo - Great Britian Silver Vase 'B' Team #64 Graham Walker Sunbeam [?? 1778] #102 P Pike (Norton sc) [CO 9608] #80 J Lidstone AJS [OM 4681] ISDT 1926 (Courtesy Deryck Wylde Collection)

Photo – Great Britian Silver Vase ‘B’ Team #64 Graham Walker Sunbeam [?? 1778] #102 P Pike (Norton sc) [CO 9608] #80 J Lidstone AJS [OM 4681] ISDT 1926 (Courtesy Deryck Wylde Collection)

The above images were made available by Deryk Wylde. : Images in this section are protected with a digitally embedded watermark.  Copies, without the watermark, may be available – please contact ‘offroarchive@gmail.com’ for details.

Photo of Britain’s ‘B’ team – The International Trophy Winners G.W Walker,#102 P Pike 598 Norton sc & #80 J Lidstone 495 James. ISDT 1926

Photo of Manufacturers Class ‘B’ winners, the BSA team all on 350 BSA – #48 J Humphries, #55 G McLean, #57 H J Willis. ISDT 1926

BSA also won the 350cc class win

Photo of Manufacturers Team Class ‘C’ winners #64 G. W Walker, #70 George Dance & #71 F B Tetstall all on 500 Sunbeams ISDT 1926

Photo of National Cup Winner L Welch 349 OK-Bradshaw, W H Hardman 990 Matchless sc & T G Meeten 172 Francis Barnett of the South Midland Centre. ISDT 1926

Photo The 6th & final Day at Brooklands with the larger machines just leaving. ISDT 1926

Photo Buxton Test Hill at Brooklands on the 6th Day. ISDT 1926

What the Papers Said !

We have been able to gather the following news paper reports on the event.

image - article from Townsville Daily Bulletin, Queensland, Australia 10 November 1926 with results ISDT 1926

image – article from ‘Townsville Daily Bulletin‘, Queensland, Australia 10 November 1926 with results ISDT 1926

“ENGLISH SIX DAYS’ INTERNATIONAL TRIAL.

English files arrived by last mail and contain interesting particulars of the famous event which was held on August 16th. to 21st. over an 800 miles ‘Road’ course, terminating with a speed trial of approximately 50 miles on the Brooklands track.
The mere mention of the distance covered, however, does not convey any impression of the severity of the conditions encountered, the course selorted. including atrocious road surfaces, water splashes and loose stones.
On Blacker Mill Hill for instance, which competitors had to descend on the first day and ascend on the second day — very few of the riders managed the descent without falling off or losing control of their machines, so steep was the declivity. Again, only 25 per cent of the entrants climbed this hill the following day, the remainder falling half way up.
This year’s international trial attracted 113 / competitors, of many nationalities, and of these only 91 completed the course.
The three teams of B.S.A. riders consisting of a ladies team, the gents’ B team and a team of Dutch riders all scored notable successes ; the B team being the only team in the trial to finish without loss of points. The ladies’ team secured a team’s prize trophy, and the Dutch team finished second for the international silver vase In addition to these awards the 12 B.S.A, entrants secured ten gold and one silver medals.
It is generally conceded by English motoring journals that this international trial is the most important, and incidentally the most severe reliability trial held in England.”

This report was duplicated in ‘the Sunday Times‘ of Perth 7 Nov 1926

Image - scanned article in 'Sunday Times' Perth, Western Australia on the success of BSA at ISDT 1926

Image – scanned article in ‘Sunday Times‘ Perth, Western Australia on the success of BSA at ISDT 1926

The ‘Glasgow Herald‘ covered the whole event everyday and with the paper available online below is a report for each day

Glasgow Herald‘ Aug 1926

Day 1

image of scanned news article ‘Glasgow Herald‘ August 16 1926

Day 2

Image of scanned news article ‘Glasgow Herald‘ August 17 1926

Day 3

image of  scanned news article ‘Glasgow Herald‘ August 18 1926

Day 4

Image of  scanned news article ‘Glasgow Herald‘ August 19 1926

Day 5

Image of  scanned news article ‘Glasgow Herald‘ August 20 1926

Day 6

Image of  scanned news article ‘Glasgow Herald‘ August 23 1926

image of scanned newspaper article ‘Daily Mail‘ 31 July 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper article ‘Western Daily Press‘ 18 Aug 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper article ‘Cork Examiner‘ 18 Aug 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper article ‘Daily Mail‘ 20 Aug 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper article ‘Bath Chronicle‘ 21 Aug 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper article ‘Bath Chronicle‘ 21 Aug 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper article recounting Bath Competitor ‘BFB’ experiences riding the event at ‘Buxton Bath Chronicle‘ 21 Aug 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper  ‘BFB’ article cont.,  ‘Bath Chronicle‘ 21 Aug 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper ‘BFB’ article cont.,  ‘Bath Chronicle‘ 21 Aug 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper article ‘Western Morning News‘ 23 Aug 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper article ‘Cork Examiner‘ 23 Aug 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper article ‘Western Gazette‘ 11 Sept 1926 ISDT 1926

image of scanned newspaper article (cont.) ‘Western Gazette‘ 11 Sept 1926 ISDT 1926

Where are they now?

The ex-Phil Pike, ISDT and Maudes Trophy-winning 1926 Norton 588cc ‘Model 19’ Motorcycle Combination

In 2011 Phil Pike’s restored Trophy winning Sidecar outfit appeared at a Bonham auction. Details about the bike including some history of it’s involvement in the ISDT in 1926 and later is included in this page

Related features

We cover a Liverpool MC Reliability Trial from 1926 taking place on routes later to be introduced to the ISDT of 1933 in Wales read it here

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