ISDT 1929 – Mid Europe

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Introduction

The 11th International Six Days Trial of 1929 was a mixed base event travelling each day across central Europe starting in Munich and finishing in Genéve on the 26th – 31st August 1929

Image of scanned cover of official programme of the 11th ISDT 1929

Listed as Mid Europe we trace to having been split between mainly Munchen in Germany with Swiss, Italian Austrian plus French ‘portions’ of the routes

There so far appears to be a significant shortage of images for this event and we would appeal to anyone who is able to provide photos of the bikes, riders, course or organisation to get in contact.

The winning team for the International Trophy was Great Britain with G R Butcher, George Rowley & F W Neill. Germany were 2nd and Sweden 3rd. Of the 5 teams only the british trio survived intact. For the International Silver Vase the winning team were again Great Britain with L A Welch, A R Edwards with H S Perrey. With 2nd Ireland V1, 3rd Ireland V2 and 3rd France. 16 teams competed for the Silver Vase

I am grateful for the help in locating and providing these documents by the Dutch Motorcycling Historian & Author Jan Melssen who has now sadly passed away. In addition the FIM have been generous in providing a scanned copy of the Stewards Report for this event.

ISDT 1929 Stewards Report Cover

ISDT 1929 Stewards Report Cover

Image of scanned course map of the route which each day finished at a new location for ISDT 1929

Image of scanned map of final day speed test course ISDT 1929

We will be looking more closely on the route the event took acros the Alpine region of Europe in this article examining the known route details hoping to recreate a map.

image - scanned photo in report in 'the Advertiser' Adelaide 19 Sep 1929 of GE Butcher on his Rudge Sidecar ISDT 1929

image – scanned photo in report in ‘the Advertiser’ Adelaide 19 Sep 1929 of GE Butcher on his Rudge Sidecar ISDT 1929

Rudge machines won outright the 500cc and 750cc class and six gold medals in the recent International Six Days’ Trial. The illustration shows GE Butcher on his outfit equipped with an interchangeable wheel.” #87 in 1929 was not Butcher who rode on plate #105 where he was clean on penalties and won a gold medal.

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 – A group of riders including #94 Prybylski (D-Rad) Gold Medal #63 Bobsien (Schliha) Retired Day 2 & #99 Dollmann (NSU) Bronze Medal with a British Support Bentley Van den Plas [XU 4846] ISDT 1929

What the Papers said!

We have been able to find the following reports of the event from the newspaper archive at the British Library.

Image of scanned news article from Western Daily Press 10 Aug 1929 previewing the ISDT 1929

Image of scanned news article in Devon & Exeter Gazette 22 Aug 1929 previewing the ISDT 1929

Image of scanned news article in Western Daily Press 22 Aug 1929 on the British teams departure to the ISDT 1929

Image of scanned news article Western Daily Press 27 Aug 1929 reporting day 1 of ISDT 1929

image of news article in Western Morning News 28 Aug 1929 reporting the crossing of Austria in ISDT 1929

image of news article in Western Daily Press 29 Aug 1929 with report of Day 3 of the ISDT 1929

image of news article in Western daily Press 31 Aug 1929 on day five of ISDT 1929

Image of scaned news article in Devon & Exeter Gazette 31 Aug 1929 reporting on the women riders at the ISDT 1929

image of scanned news article in Western Morning News 2 Sept 1929 reporting on the final speed test day at Geneva in the ISDT 1929

The Final Score: Results

International Trophy

  1. Great Britain (1) penalty point
  2. Germany (112)
  3. Sweden (178)
  4. Italy (207)
  5. Switzerland (210)

Silver Vase

  1. Great Britain 0 penalty points
  2. Ireland V1 (20)
  3. Holland V2 (28)
  4. France (32)
  5. Austria V1 (57)
  6. Great Britain V2 (111)
  7. Austria V2 (138)
  8. Denmark (143)
  9. Germany V2 (154)
  10. Sweden V1 (178)
  11. Switzerland V2 (200)
  12. Switzerland V1 (200)
  13. Italy (207)
  14. Holland V1 (211)
  15. Ireland V2 (220)
  16. Germany V1 (232)

Manufacturers Class

Class A – 250cc
Puch (57) penalty points
Class B – 350cc
AJS (0)
Class C – 500cc
Rudge 2 (0)
Class D – 750cc
BMW (16)
Class F 600cc Sidecar
Rudge (2)

ISDT 1929 result analysis

Speedtracktales wishes to thank Marc Pétrier of FIM Information Resources who has facilitated the scanning of the FIM archive of ISDT results material and is allowing us to make it available here as a public service. Download a copy of the original Results and Stewards Report at the link below.

Download this file as a pdf

Download Stewards Report for the 1929 ISDT here

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!

3 thoughts on “ISDT 1929 – Mid Europe”

  1. jayne tierney said:

    Hello – My grandfather was George William Hole. He competed in the International six days trial in Germany in 1929. I have a photo of him, a lady and another gentleman as part of the Raleigh Team. I am happy to share if you are able to get in touch with me? Am also interested to find out any more information regarding my Grandfather – thank you.

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