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Introduction 10th ISDT 1928 – Harrogate
This year the 10th ISDT was based from Harrogate in Yorkshire, England on the 10th to 15th September 1928 and saw both main Trophies won by the British Teams.
The International Trophy was won by British Team of V C King, F W Neill, HG Uzzell with the International Silver Vase being won by the British ‘B’ team of L Crisp, G W Walker, F W Giles.
Image of scanned cover of official programme 10th ISDT 1928 (courtesy of the Wryan Collection)
You can now read a copy of this programme on this blog, which, includes extracts of the route descriptions and an online version of the programme which can be viewed on an embedded view from our issue.com library
Photo – BSA Competitors #22 Mrs Miriam Anning at left with Marjorie Cottle & 250cc BSA Empire Star [DOV 362] at ISDT 1928
Photo: February 1928: Mrs B Painter competes in the International Six Day Motorcycle Trials in Yorks. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images) ISDT 1928
Photo: February 1928: #46 Mrs L McLean competes in the International Six Day Motorcycle Trials in York. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images) ISDT 1928
Photo Britain’s ‘A’ Silver Vase Womens Team ISDT at Harrogate (left) Miss Marjorie Cottle (348cc Raleigh)[HF3383] #46 Mrs Louise Mclean (348cc Douglas) and #86 Miss Edith Foley (494 Triumph)
The ACU appeared to have opted to repeat the successful selection for the previous years 19272 event in the Lake District which saw the women’s team lifting the Silver Vase Trophy so this years A Team was the same as last years successful team.
Photo – Britain’s ‘B’ Team that won the Silver Vase, GW Walker (499 Rudge Whitworth) #107 FW Giles & Mrs Giles (498 AJS sc) and #31 L Crisp (349 Humber) ISDT 1928
Image – scanned photo from ‘the Advertiser‘ Adelaide 2 Aug 1928 of the Gold Medal winning Ariel team of #82 G B Proe 4.98hp Ariel #52 #64 at ISDT 1928
The programme of the event does not appear to support the above numbers as all being team Ariels. Can anyone shed light on this?
image – scanned photo from ‘the Register News Pictorial‘ Adelaide South Australia, 2 September 1930 indicating it was taken at an English ISDT of FW Giles who was entrant #107 in ISDT 1928
Photo of Harley Davidson mounted German Team ISDT 1928
These numbers do not tie up with the programme and so it is more likely this above photo is from another event.
Photo of rider #105 G Butcher on the 499cc (Rudge Whitworth Sc) on Summer Lodge in ISDT 1928 (from Speedtracktales Archive)
Photo of rider #14 JR Watkins (346cc LGC) followed by #12 VL Strudley (247cc Baker) on Whitehorse Hill ISDT 1928 (from Speedtracktales Archive)
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 – Support crews with motorcycles gather before Royal Oak in Market square of un-named town ISDT 1928
Photo – Van fords stream Hutton le Hole, North Yorks moors ISDT 1928
Photo – sole entrant – Class K ‘For two-seater cyclecars of which the cylinder capacity does not exceed 1000cc’ FW James with works entered 1096cc Morgan ISDT 1928
Photo – FW James 1096cc Morgan ISDT 1928
Photo – #113 FW James 1096cc Morgan at Hetton le Hole, North Yorks Moors. ISDT 1928
On the Map
Image of the route of the course of 1928 ISDT
I am endebted to site supporter M Wryan who, owning a copy of the program, has scanned it and we will be making it available in its entirety here shortly through our issuu.com library. The map original drawn on OS mapping is in good clear quality and can be made available for researchers. To view the route descriptions check out this blog post here.
image – scanned copy of map of ISDT route ISDT 1928
Image scanned article with ISDT route itinerary ISDT 1928
What the papers said!
A full report on the preparation, proceeding and results of the event was provided by the Motorcycling Press. Thanks to the generosity of ‘STB’ we are able to provide access to a readable copy of the issue of ‘the Motor Cycle‘ the 20 September 1928 which carried the event report. This can be read at our library provided by issuu.com.
We have been able to uncover the following reports from British Newspapers archived in the British Library that report on the events of the ISDT which includes a significant review in the daily editions of ‘the Glasgow Herald‘ covering the whole week
Image of scanned news article ‘Devon & Exeter Gazette‘ 12 May 1928 on a European ride by the 1927 ISDT women riders
image on scanned news article from ‘Western Daily Press‘ 29 Aug 1928 on British team selection for ISDT 1928
image of scanned photo in ‘Western Daily Press‘ 31 Aug 1928 with Mrs L McLean sitting on motorcycle [DD 8770] prior to competing in Vase Team at ISDT 1928
Image of scanned photo from ‘Western Daily Press‘ 31 Aug 1928 of MR V C King sat on motorcycle [DD 8770] who will be competing in the ISDT 1928
image of scanned news article ‘Western Daily Press‘ 31 Aug 1928 ISDT 1928
Image of scanned news article from ‘Western Daily Press‘ 15 Sept 1928 reporting progress of ISDT 1928
Image of scanned news article in ‘Devon & Exeter Gazette‘ 15 Sept 1928 reporting progress of ISDT 1928
image – scanned article The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser , 3 October 1928, Page 5 OSDT 1928
Artefacts and Collectibles
We have been provided with two pages of Autographs of a number of riders at the event including the British Silver Vase ‘A’ Team winners, Marjorie Cottle, Edith Foley and Louise McLean, which can be seen in this blog
image – event autographs p1 ISDT 1928
We always welcome donations of material and memories related to this event.
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James Blundell said:
I have a medal that my dad got in 1928 – says Furness Motor Sport Club and on the back J Blundell 1928 – we were from Southport but I live in Harrogate now – had no idea the medal was from here – my mother sold all but this one when he died 10 years ago and I know so little about his racing – is there a way of finding out more about his racing with the club?
Nick Savage said:
Hi,just a quick reply regarding the Ariel Gold medal winning trio.The numbers may be wrong but the rider on the right is without doubt Geoff Proe 1904 -1981 my late grandfather.By co-incidence he features in several of the Geoff Charles pictures taken at Roy Evans Motorcycle Shop opening in the 1950’s as does my Grandmother .They where friends of the Evans family. Several pictures taken in Oswestry at motorcycling events feature him and his son,my Uncle
Nick thanks for dropping by with this and any other stuff yo want to share is welcome.
Nick Savage said:
The ‘unknown’ town with the cars to the fore is Helmsley,North Yorkshire.
Richard Miles. said:
Firstly thanks for putting all of the above into the public domain.
I own the Scott motorcycle ridden by Billy Moore for the Scott team in the 1928 ISDT.
Reading the programme has been most interesting.
Sorry for the delay in my reply Hopefully I can catch up with your message shortly .. Adrian – Curator Speedtracktales