ISDT 1932 – Italy

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Introduction

The 14th edition of the International Six Days Trial was held in Merano, Italy on the 29th August to 4th September 1932

Image - scanned cover Official Programme of ISDT 1932 (Greenwood Family Collection)

Image – scanned cover Official Programme of ISDT 1932 (Greenwood Family Collection)

Stephen Dolling Collection of ISDT Images

A lot of the images here are accredited to ‘the Stephen Dolling’s collection’, Stephen has aquired a number of images of the pre war ISDT that were basically a collection of photos belonging to Sunbeam Works Rider N P O Bradley and has kindly allowed us to use them. Some images have no details and we have tried to caption them based on educated guesses in many cases involving several keen supporters of this website. If we are wrong please do not shoot us or Stephen. The images are here because the current owner believes it is only right they are shared for information and enjoyment of ISDT historians but the rights to these images for publishing are retained by Stephen and he can be contacted through this site with any queries about their use. If you have an corrections to the captions please let us know.

Image of scanned cover of Official results and report ISDT 1932

Image of scanned cover of Official results and report ISDT 1932

The winners of the International Trophy were the Great Britain team of A E Perrigo, G E Rowley and N P O Bradley. In 2nd place was the Italian team victorious over the previous two years and 3rd Czechoslovakia with 4 teams entered. In the Silver Vase competition Great Britain A struck double with a win for B McGregor, J Williams and G Walker (father of the great british sports commentator Murray Walker) in 2nd was Italy B and 3rd was Germany A with 12 teams competing. Riders of 9 Nations competed on motorcycles produced in 8 countries. Of the 128 riders,  52 British riders started with 41 finishing picking up 30 gold medals, just 2 were women with Marjorie Cottle on her BSA 250cc again winning Gold but Edith Foley on a Gilera 500cc failed to finish.

Photo of #25 NPO Bradley and Sunbeam Sidecar [JW 1189] along with another British Scott sidecar #28 OF G W Shepherd  setting up & registering in at ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Photo of Photo of Motorcycle team member in more formal wear with #25 NPO Bradley’s Sunbeam sidecar [JW 1189] at ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Photo of Motorcycles outside ‘Pancake Villa’ at ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Called Pancake Villa, any further info?

Photo of Photo of British Riders and Motorcycles [JO 1504] at their service base where a hive of activity occurs as bikes are built up and prepared for ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Whichever hotel had the competitors also had a Shed, Garage or room to work in.

Photo of Motorcycle sidecar #? [GP 8?] (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Photo of Scrutineering motorcycles with NPO Bradley’s Sunbeam Sidecar on left and #39 U Prini of Italy and his Guzzi 250cc being started at ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

A scrutineer’s pose adopted by a chap to the left of the pic, Peter Bradley & the Sunbeam outfit feature as expected.

Photo of Scrutineering of motorcycles whilst #37 sidecar waits at ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

The above picture may not be 1932 as competition number #37 in 1932 was allocated to Italian rider A Rebuglio on a Bianchi 175 .. which that sidecar is not

Photo of Scrutineering of Motorcycle sidecar #25 NPO Bradley’s Sunbeam Sidecar alongside solo motorcycle [OY3720] at ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

The chap with the Official armband takes focus but look at the uniformed chap striding into view.

Photo of #25 N P O Bradley at the start with Sunbeam  sidecar outfit [JW 1189] at ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Photo of #25 NPO Bradley with Sunbeam Sidecar on route in ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Photo of #25 NPO Bradley and Sunbeam sidecar outfit on the road to Val Gardena Italy at ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Photo of NPO Bradley’s Sunbeam sidecar descending down Mendola Pass in Italy ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Photo of #25 NPO Bradley and Sunbeam Sidecar on Course in ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Photo of #11 rider with sidecar on course ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

#11 at the 1932 event was not a sidecar

Photo of riders on road ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

 

Again not 1932 as two of these bikes #135 and #148 could not have ridden in 1932 as entries only went to #130

Photo of Team Vehicles and motorcycles at ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Photo of  Motorcycle team, helpers and family outside hotel in ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

This is what all would treasure in years to follow.

Photo of Competitors lines up to start Speed Test at ISDT 1932

Speed Trial Day, as always the 6th & last would decide much.

photo of rider / mechanic in overalls at ISDT 1932 (courtesy Steve Dolling Collection)

Peter Bradley is in the background, however, Who is the gentlemen in the left foreground of this pic.  can anyone help identify?

Nothing said could add, you can see who plus where. Thank you for a great page to Steve Dolling who has contributed so many original images.

Photo - #73 G Thumshirn (Ardie 500) from Germany showing great style and who picked up a Silver medal ISDT 1932

Photo – #73 G Thumshirn (Ardie 500) from Germany showing great style and who picked up a Silver medal ISDT 1932

What the papers said!

image - scanned article in Brisbane Courier, Queensland, Australia 13 October 1932 ISDT 1932

image – scanned article in Brisbane Courier, Queensland, Australia 13 October 1932 ISDT 1932

the Motor Cycle‘ 18 August 1932

image of scanned preview from 'the Motor Cycle' 18 Aug 1932

image of scanned preview from ‘the Motor Cycle‘ 18 Aug 1932 (Morton’s Archive)

A handy article giving stats of nations and makes entered as well as route details

I’ve now acquired a copy of the ‘Motor Cycling‘ report on the build up to the ISDT 1932 from 31 August 1932 and are grateful to Morton’s Archive for granting us permission to use it here. These are some of the pictures and the full report will be made available shortly.

Photo - The starting and finishing point of ecah day's race. It is in Merano North Italy ISDT 1932 (Speedtracktales archive)

Photo – The starting and finishing point of each day’s race. It is in Merano North Italy ISDT 1932 (Image Morton’s Archive)

photo - the Italian defenders of the Trophy (left to right) Miro Maffeis, Luigi Gilera and Rosolino Grana. They are all riding side-valve 500cc Gileras. ISDT 1932 (Speedtracktales archive)

photo – the Italian defenders of the Trophy (left to right) Miro Maffeis, Luigi Gilera and Rosolino Grana. They are all riding side-valve 500cc Gileras. ISDT 1932 (Image Morton’s Archive)

photo - at Merano last Sunday - Len Crisp, ALS Denyer and George Rowley can be recognised in this group of British riders and visitors. ISDT 1932 (Speedtracktales archive)

photo – at Merano last Sunday – Len Crisp, ALS Denyer and George Rowley can be recognised in this group of British riders and visitors. ISDT 1932 (Image Morton’s Archive)

photo - Graham Walker, captain of the British team, chatting in Merano with Dr Galloway (left), who is out there with a Rudge combination. ISDT 1932 (Speedtracktales archive)

photo – Graham Walker, captain of the British team, chatting in Merano with Dr Galloway (left), who is out there with a Rudge combination. ISDT 1932 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Image of scanned news paper cutting of Glasgow Herald 30 August 1932

Glasgow Herald report on progress at end of day one of the event naming riders and incidents in a report from the Press Association

Image of scanned news article from Chltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire Graphic 10 Sept 1932  with photo of Jack Williams on ISDT 1932

image - cover Das Motorrad #39 24th Sept 1932 ISDT 1932

image – cover Das Motorrad #39 24th Sept 1932 ISDT 1932

An illusive copy of an issue of German Das Motorrad with a report on the ISDT 1932 which we hope to get a look at sometime.

The Final Score: Results

International Trophy

  1. Great Britain(0) penalty points
  2. Italy (0)
  3. Czechoslovakia (26)
  4. Germany  (66)

International Silver Vase

  1. Great Britain A (0) penalty points
  2. Italy B (0)
  3. Germany A (1)
  4. Italy A (12)
  5. Switzerland (35)
  6. Czechoslovakia A (39)
  7. Great Britain B (42)
  8. Holland A (421)
  9. Austria (429)
  10. Holland B (500)
  11. Czechoslovakia B (602)
  12. Germany B (1101)

ISDT1932 analysis of awards by class

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 1932 ISDT here

Where are they now?

Photo -BSA Blue Star 1932 - ISDT (unknown source)

Photo -BSA Blue Star 1932 – ISDT (unknown source)

Internet drift wood, this pic was found on european blog with no text as to the origin or correctness of the images title. If anyone knows more please feel free to enlighten me!

We are currently creating content for this year. 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!

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1 thought on “ISDT 1932 – Italy”

  1. iPø∂i$†å said:

    Dang nabbit… just lost out on an eBay auction for the 1932 ISDT edition of Motor Cycling… if anyone has a copy they can scan….. please respond to this thread

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