ISDT 1938 – Wales

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Introduction 20th ISDT 1938

This year the 20th ISDT was held in Llandrindod Wells, Wales from the 11th to 16th July 1938

Photo of cover of Official Programme 20th ISDT 1938 Wales

Thanks to reader M Wryan we now have a copy of the programme which can be accessed on this blog post linking to our issuu.com library

“It is reported by cable that again Great Britain has won the International Motor Cycling Six Days’ Trial, the most important contest of its kind in the world, and one which ranks just as important in the motor cycling world as does the Davis Cup contest in the realm of tennis.”

A quote from an report on the ISDT of 1938 published in the Maitland Daily Mercury a regional newspaper circulating in New South Wales, Australia 30 July 1938.

The paper went on to report – “In prior contests for the international trophy, national teams were restricted to two solo riders and one sidecar outfit, but   this year, the personnel per team was increased to three solo riders and one sidecar outfit.
The team selected to represent Britain in this year’s test comprised the victors of 1936 and 1937, Messrs. V. N. Brittain (34S c.c. Norton-Dunlop), G. E. Rowley (316 c.c. AJ.S.-Dunlop) and the sidecar specialist, W. S Waycott (596 c.c. Velocette-Dunlop). The fourth and new member of the team was J. Williams (348 c.c. Norton-Dunlop). The first three representatives captured the coveted trophy from Germany in 1936 and retained it in 1937, when the 6 days’ trial was decided on British soil. As the holders of the trophy, this year’s event was again organised by the Auto Cycle Union of Great Britain and decided over a strenuous and tricky mountainous route, mostly in Wales.
This sporting event annually attracts a big field, embracing national teams from most of the European countries, club teams, trade teams and individual entrants. Two contests are decided concurrently — the official national teams competing for the trophy, while other teams compete for the ‘silver vase,’ and private entrants for gold medals and other awards. All told, over 2000 (sic) riders usually take part in the ‘strenuous’ week’s ride, which embraces five days of about 250 miles each, under stringent time checks and a shorter run on the sixth day of the Donington racing circuit, where speed tests are decided.
The severity of the 1938 trial is reflected in the result, the British team for the ‘trophy’ being the only one to finish intact. Second place was filled by Czechoslovakia. It is reported that only one member of the German team finished without loss of points. This result is rather significant, because, to the surprise of other nations, German at almost the last minute before closing of nominations, switched her solo riders to smaller engined machines, viz., 175 c.c. supercharged two-stroke D.K.W.’s, wonderful little machines capable of well over 100 m.p.h. By doing this, Germany banked on getting through the severe time checks on the daily sections without loss of points, owing to the easier schedules set for small powered machines, and then outspeed ing the heavier machines on the Donington racing circuit. Apparently the strenuous daily tests found two ‘175’s’ unable to reach the deciding speed tests without loss of points, with the result mentioned. For the first time, British Army teams took part in the trial. This year’s success gives Britain three successive victories, bringing her total wins in this international event to 11 out of 20, a great tribute to the efficiency and dependability of the British-built motor cycle and the men who so ably handle them.

Ominous drums of terrible war could be clearly heard, Spain had seen right wing political muscles flexed, few could then realize how world markets plus National economies, unemployment also direct prosperity itself balanced, finely dependant upon outcome results in this 20th International Six Days Trials.  Nowadays the internet & televised advertisments have shares of influence, not available then. Petrol Companies, Oil companies, Brake shoes materials, Electrical Ignition, Lighting systems, Chain companies, Goggles suppliers, Riding boots, Control levers, Tyres, plus machines, companies plus factories producing them and working folk needed economic reliable transport to their workplaces plus value for their earnings and had an annual world stage to prove superiority. We may have to use the newspaper cuttings stock currently available to us, Military Contracts & requirements had long been specified.

Photo: 2nd July 1938: German motorcyclists #62 Forstner #190 #108 Linhardt #71 Zimmermann #74 Fruth #111 Schafer #150 Mundhenke #85 Knees, including two army teams of Storm Troopers, attending to their machines on arrival in Southampton for the International Six Days Trial to be held in Wales. (Photo by E. Phillips/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

[Go to Extra ISDT Progs to see the other 1938 ISDT pics being sorted out for us by Netherlands ISDT Historian Jan Melssen. Thanks to another great researcher we now have the short Cine film of 1938 ISDT by Pathe Film, plus 1961 similar & even the 1938 700 cc MG Midget land speed record percent in it’s class, it did get the record!, any enthusiast with genuine interest can have a copy.]

Photo of BSA Competitors #22 Mrs Miriam Anning at left with Marjorie Cottle & 250 BSA Empire Star [DOV 362] at ISDT 1938

Photo of #143 J. Ashworth Works Team 499 BSA [EOG 24] in ISDT 1938

Brian Jones’s Mum Audrey & his late father Ben Jones would ardently follow events on Eppynt Mountain Range where ISDT Speed Trials took place, plus the Largest TT circuit of 5.2 Miles on Mainland Britain which saw Post WW2 TT’s of highest quality.  1948 ISDT team selection for the event in ROMA Italy was selected in a 2 Days Event there in a period when Petrol rationing prevailed, below are pics I’d love to have identified, HELP!!! 1937 or 1938 ISDT too may provide info although that flag arrangement over pits in 1938 looks different to the ones in this set of pics. we could be viewing from the other end of course!.  [ISDT Historian Netherlander Jan Melssen came to rescue us.  Above is  143 J. Ashworth Works Team 499 BSA in 1938 ISDT. plus below.]

Photo of  #143 J. Ashworth Works Team 499 BSA [EOG 24] in ISDT 1938

Photo of resorted Heywood L.H.W [FO 3705] designed and built at the Automobile Palace, Llandrindod Wells that was driven in the ISDT 1938

Part of email From Iain Richardson who actually owns the car in pic:-   “I do know quite a bit about the car, – yes I know about the wonderful Automobile Palace, and the charasmatic MD Tom Norton….This car, Heywood L.H.W. was designed and built by three employees Lloyd, Hughes & Williams who were all loyal ‘servants’ of the Palace! – under the watchful eye of Mr Norton…the car featured in a couple of 1938 publications …The Light Car and the Motor Cycle..I have the original letter an 8 page masterpiece from the designer Mr Williams…written in 1991…Mr Hughes [the driver in the 1938 ISDT] drove the car regularly to work in the 50’s…in fact, the whole story of the Heywood L.H.W. would make the basis of a great film! was/am hoping that someone may have a photograph of performing at the event. I have approx a hundred photographs of its ‘metamorphis’ back to how it looked at the 1938 ISDT…I intend to take some more photographs, and I will of course forward you as much as you want, including a few bit & bobs which you may find interesting [including the letter!] …Both Hughes & LLoyd were deceased in 1989 while Mr Williams was in his 80’s, so I guess he is no more, although he did mention that he had married ‘a young, much younger lady’ – so perhaps she is still alive! So, any ‘new’ info/pics’ on FO3705, the only car built at The Automobile Palace, would be most welcome, – and I will of course forward you info which I posess on ‘The Little Car’ as Mr Williams affectionally referred to!

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Photo of of #199 Tom Whitton on his works AJS 498 in ISDT 1938 (Courtesy Whitton Family Collection)

Tom Whitton 500 AJS awaits! that street behind him near the lake in Llandrindod Well still looks so much the same with newer cars same click on link to view the Tom Whitton Album on David Whitton’s Picasa Album, there is so much more than just a picture which just shows there is a story  ‘the stories assembled in this website from rough treasured press cuttings & family pictures carry history simply brushed past in transit.

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Photo of #198 Fred Rist on a military ride & #199 Tom Whitton, patiently ready at the start ISDT 1938 (Courtesy Whitton Family Collection)

Photo of gold star mounted Royal Tanks Corps team for the 1938 ISDT- L-R #143 Fred Rist [EOG 22], R Gillam, #170 JT Dalby [EOG 21] (Copies of this image can be purchased from http://www.mortonsarchive.com)

Were the above numbers right? there is an image below from a BSA advert in ‘Motor Cycling‘ which appears identical but all with number boards and the correct numbers… (pre digitial photoshop action?)

The above information came from the old site. If this picture is 1938 then these will all be Works BSA’s but #143 should be J Ashworth and #170 is J Arnott. Can anybody clarify the identity of these three riders please.

Photo of #188 Cyril G Rowles starts on the 500 Matchless in ISDT 1938 (Courtesy of Rowles Family collection)

Cyril G. Rowles at Llandrindod Wells Start point on his 500 Matchless #188 under the scrutiny of an RAC man, riding for the WSW (West South Wales Centre) The picture was provided by Michael Rowles, son of C. G. Rowles & himself a Trials Rider.

Photo of #32 F Juhan of Czechoslovakia on a Jawa Sidecar Outfit at the start line ISDT 1938

Photo of #204 R G Lucas [EOF 925] #208 E Middleton #216 J Southall [EOF 927] of Royal Automobile Club, Entry of 3 on (Naturally) Norton 350’s (Courtesy of Dave Martin)

Photo of restored 1938 Norton Motorcycle built especially for ISDT 1938

From Dave Martin again after his email discussion with Paul Norman (at centre of pic.) with left, Charlie Edwards works Norton mechanic from Joe Craig’s team, his son Tony is on right.  That Bike is actually a 1938 ‘Big Plunger Manx’, one of the first 7 built for the 1938 ISDT.

Dave Martin, now exiled in New Orleans but still no less the Welshman he was when he left recently sent the following images to Taff Isaacs who has asked they be displayed here undated likelihood is they are 1938… unless you know different….

Photo of the throngs of spectators the ISDT attracted to Llandrindod Wells each year. Here crowds gather near the start finish where  Hraham Walker, editor of Motor Cycling and father of Murray Walker Famous for his F1 sports commentaries announces on the arrival of riders. ISDT 1938

Photo of the throngs of spectators the ISDT attracted to Llandrindod Wells each year. Here crowds gather near the start finish where Graham Walker, editor of Motor Cycling and father of Murray Walker, later famous for his F1 sports commentaries, announces on the arrival of riders. ISDT 1938

Photo - #84 Stuart Waycott's 598cc Velocette Sidecar [COF 496]

Photo – #84 Stuart Waycott’s 598cc Velocette Sidecar [COF 496]

Photo of motocycle sidecar believed to be ISDT 1938

Photo of Waycott’s Velocette Sidecar without comp number boards ISDT 1938

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Photo of German team vehicles and service at the event village ISDT 1938

Photo of what appears to be the Metropole in Llandrindod Wells. the row of persons giving the Nazi salute are certainly connected to the significant German team present at the ISDT 1938

Photo of the German team in the grounds of the Pump House Hotel in Llandrindod Wells (now demolished and partially occupied by the Council Offices) being addressed.

This photo maybe from 1937 as it was reported in Motor Cycling that the German Sports President addresses an assembly of German riders at the Pump House Hotel and was accompanied by the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Herr von Beyer Ehrenberg Vice President of the FICM Competition Committee.

Through out this years article the presence of the Nazi Germany teams in a mood for world dominance means there will be a few images of the Nazi Salute being given. We show these pictures only for their historic context and for the avoidance of any doubt neither support or endorse any of political or idealogical views of those giving them and agree subsequent events exposed the underlying evil of that movement whilst many of those sucked in to it did not always have the option to exercise a right to decline.

Photo of #65 R.Seltsam, of the German Trophy Team and his immaculate BMW 494cc [IIA-70179] ISDT 1938

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 #90 J Bovee #101 A P Van Hamersveld #66 J Roest all on BMW 500cc and were the Dutch Vase ‘A’ team ISDT 1938

Photo of #105 H Dunz of the NSU Works team, NSU 593cc Sidecar outfit on Ffrydd Croesty ISDT 1938

Photo #78 DT Dalby (500cc BSA) a War Office entry on the 6th day at Donnington for the Speed test ISDT 1938

Photo #78 DT Dalby (500cc BSA) a War Office entry on the 6th day at Donnington for the Speed test ISDT 1938

Photo of German DDAC team rider #165 A Von Falkenhaysen 500 BMW [IIA-71407] in ISDT 1938

165 is entered by D.D.A.C. A Von Falkenhaysen’s 500 BMW (thanks to Ben Jones’s Family & Jan Melssen for solving). Jan provided the following fine pictures too

Photo of track from the base of the Dinas Rock Car Park with British Trophy Teamster #84 W Waycott and that rare Works 600 Velocette Sidecar outfit in ISDT 1938 (Courtesy of Jan Melssen)

Photo of #136 G Wolsey of Britain on the Works Entered Triumph 500 [DOU 785] in ISDT 1938 (Courtesy of Jan Melssen)

Photo of British Trophy Team member #120 J Williams and his 350 Norton in ISDT 1938 (Courtesy of Jan Melssen)

Photo of motorcycle rider crashing to a halt in unsurfaced track in ISDE 1938 (Courtesy of Jan Melssen)

“Sniper duck!” #58 S. Jenkins embarrassingly leaving his 500 Rudge on the track shale surface.

Photo of #130 G Davies on 348 Norton [EOG 60] entered by the War Office in ISDE 1938 (Courtesy of Jan Melssen)

many more thanks to Jan Melssen for such rare pictures.

Photo of #175 E Haller of Switzerland with a Zundapp Sidecar outfit at Cynghordy Post office, just outside Llandovery in ISDE 1938

Cynghordy Post office, just outside Llandovery, still there with that same arched top wooden Chapel window frame above the door plus those very same guttering drain pipes stared back at me in July 2006 from currently empty holiday or summer homes.  (that wooden framed building to the left of the pic has been  removed) These chaps were on their way to the timed pause at Llandovery and had apparently stopped to post something.  Eppynt TT Races, the largest TT Races on Mainland Britain 1948 to 1953 information had it’s registered Admin office at Llandovery, In the Red Lion Hotel, practically next door to the current Information Centre. Peter Ritchie has contacted us to advise, that mystery lady between the 2 riders is Vera Cunningham. wife of solo rider ‘Buster Cunningham, many thanks to Peter!

Photo of #203 H Persoon of the Zuid Holland M.C. Team with 600 BMW in ISDE 1938

H Persoon of the Zuid Holland M.C. Team driving the 600 BMW with Lindner in the sidecar, behind them you can see the Post Office at Cray (Crai in Welsh) village where a meal was proudly prepared for them on 2 days at the 1935 built Village Hall. Post office plus Hall are still there as they were, spares & Newspapers for teams arrived at the Railway station situated then just across the present main road to Brecon.

Photo of riders Persoon & Lindner caught at lunch in Cray Village Hall in ISDE 1938

Riders soup was prepared in a Burco Boiler with a gas ring beneath it and Post Mistress, Sally Lewis even played piano there during their Lunch.

Photo of #199 Tom Whitton AJS 500 with #176 FA Whitehouse 500 Rudge ridden by  F A Whitehouse in ISDT 1938

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Photo of #199 Tom Whitton AJS 500 with #176 FA Whitehouse 500 Rudge ridden by F A Whitehouse in ISDT 1938 (Courtesy Whitton Family Collection)

Tom Whitton AJS 500, later in the event at the return to lake portion of Llandrindod Wells with 500 Rudge mounted  F A Whitehouse

Photo of #12 Harold Tozer and Jack Wilkes [DOA 664] leaving for the 1938 ISDT. (Copies of this image can be purchased from http://www.mortonsarchive.com)

Photo of #105 H Dunz with German NSU 600 Sidecar outfit in ISDT 1938 (Courtesy of Dave Martin)

This was supplied here listed as Men serving in the SS, however the official Listed entrant of Dunz & passenger pictured here at Erwood was NSU Werke (8) their machine a 600 NSU.

Below are pictures from report of the ISDT in ‘the Motor Cycle‘ of 14th July 1938

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Photo – the nations lunch together, a typical scene at a lunch check. In the background, barely discernible, is a lady playing the piano – ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

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Photo – #4 LF Cook (499cc Royal Enfield sc) leaving the depot at Llandrindod Wells. Note the big crowd even at 6am in the morning ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

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Photo – G Wolf (597cc BMW sc) in a wild setting, like many another encountered so far this week – ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

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Photo – Going that involves hard driving to keep to schedule – #120 Jack Williams (348cc Norton), of the British Trophy Team, followed by G. Eighteen (498cc Matchless) ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

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Photo – A string of riders, led by #102 JA Leslie (499 Rudge) of Britain’s ‘A’ Vase team, Behind him are F Larsson (496cc Zündapp) and RW Hole (249cc SOS) – ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

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Photo – #29 EG Godber-Ford (247cc New Imperial) and J Hecker (597cc Zündapp sc) rounding a bend on Heol Senni – ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

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Photo – #93 George Rowley (346cc AJS) of the British Trophy Team, and #94 H McKee (347cc Matchless) snapped at a time check, Rowley is in the act of starting up and setting off for the next control – ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo - Music honours for the riders departing from the control at Llandrindod Wells. #123 HN Toomey (Panther) complete with crash helmet - a strange sight where English riders are concerned is about to leave the paddock. The image on the RH side is of the plucky one-legged sidecar driver,  #80 HR Taylor (Ariel Four) approaching the check at Llandrindod. After loosing time assisting a crashed German outfit Taylor was forced to retire through sidecar trouble. ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – Music honours for the riders departing from the control at Llandrindod Wells. #123 HN Toomey (Panther) complete with crash helmet – a strange sight where English riders are concerned is about to leave the paddock. The image on the RH side is of the plucky one-legged sidecar driver, #80 HR Taylor (Ariel Four) approaching the check at Llandrindod. After loosing time assisting a crashed German outfit Taylor was forced to retire through sidecar trouble. ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo GE Rowley (AJS) of our Trophy Team pushing off from the lunch check at Cray ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo #93 GE Rowley (AJS) [OLM 822] of our Trophy Team pushing off from the lunch check at Cray ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo HGT Smith (Excelsior) leading L Heath (Ariel) up Ffyrdd Croesty. They are both in step. ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo HGT Smith (Excelsior) leading L Heath (Ariel) up Ffyrdd Croesty. They are both in step. ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo WS Waycott (Velocette sc) making a fine climb of Talog during Wednesday's run ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo #84 WS Waycott (Velocette sc) [COF 496] making a fine climb of Talog during Wednesday’s run ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo - #109 DJ Wuis (1000 Harley Davidson sc) a Dutchman, is assisted by his passenger as he swerves a right hander ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – #109 DJ Wuis (1000 Harley Davidson sc) a Dutchman, is assisted by his passenger as he swerves a right hander ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo #126 W Reinhardt (BMW sc) the only sidecar man to win a gold having a scrap with #84 WS Waycott (Velocette sc) at Donnington ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo #126 W Reinhardt (BMW sc) the only sidecar man to win a gold having a scrap with #84 WS Waycott (Velocette sc) at Donnington ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo the start of the competitors in the first group at the final speed test at Donnington on Saturday ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo the start of the competitors in the first group at the final speed test at Donnington on Saturday ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo two RAC Guides in action. RSG Lucas leading J Southall on their Norton's over International going ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo two RAC Guides in action. RSG Lucas leading J Southall on their Norton’s over International going ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo of #79 G Meier (BMW) of Germany's 'A' Vase team, battling with the mud on Ffyrdd Croesty. Meier's team won the Vase , the trio losing no marks ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo of #79 G Meier (BMW) of Germany’s ‘A’ Vase team, battling with the mud on Ffyrdd Croesty. Meier’s team won the Vase , the trio losing no marks ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo from BSA advert of the Royal Tank Corps team of Cpl FM Rist, Cpl R Gillam and Sergt JT Dalby winners of the 'Motor Cycling' Trophy ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo from BSA advert of the Royal Tank Corps team of Cpl FM Rist, Cpl R Gillam and Sergt JT Dalby winners of the ‘Motor Cycling’ Trophy ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo shows WS Waycott (596cc Velocette sc) making his brilliant, unassisted climb of Fron Bache ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo shows WS Waycott (596cc Velocette sc) making his brilliant, unassisted climb of Fron Bache ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo #22 Mrs M L Anning (BSA) and #108 F Lindhardt (BMW) receiving assistance on Fron Bache. Observe the large group of riders in the background waiting for the opportunity to 'have a go' ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo #22 Mrs M L Anning (BSA) and #108 F Lindhardt (BMW) receiving assistance on Fron Bache. Observe the large group of riders in the background waiting for the opportunity to ‘have a go’ ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Eagle eyed readers may recall seeing a photo of Miriam standing by her BSA with Mrs Marjorie Cottle

Photo - A good impression of the steepness of Fron Bache showing #52 J Forstner (BMW) of Germany's 'A' Vase team, helping the model up ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – A good impression of the steepness of Fron Bache showing #52 J Forstner (BMW) of Germany’s ‘A’ Vase team, helping the model up ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo - Part of the melee on Fron Bache. The Germans  #21 U Pohl (DKW) and #31 W Gabriel (Triumph) are in front and behind is the Swede #87 A Lauren (BMW) ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – Part of the melee on Fron Bache. The Germans #21 U Pohl (DKW) and #31 W Gabriel (Triumph) are in front and behind is the Swede #87 A Lauren (BMW) ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

For more information on Fron Bache read our article about the Heritage Highways of Llangollen used for the ISDT

Photo One of the British Trophy team solo men - George Rowley (AJS) - giving the crowd on Talog an exhibition of good riding ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo One of the British Trophy team solo men – George Rowley (AJS) – giving the crowd on Talog an exhibition of good riding ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo A fine view of the Tregaron splash with the mountain, down which the riders have to descend, in the background. The Mariners are #150 the German W Mundhenke (BMW) and #13 his compatriot H Herrman (DKW) Top right - #56 H Zuur of Holland about to take his BMW outfit down Tregaron Hill. Lower right - #51 FE Thacker (Triumph) of our Vase 'B' team in a picturesque setting. ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo A fine view of the Tregaron splash with the mountain, down which the riders have to descend, in the background. The Mariners are #150 the German W Mundhenke (BMW) and #13 his compatriot H Herrman (DKW) Top right – #56 H Zuur of Holland about to take his BMW outfit down Tregaron Hill. Lower right – #51 FE Thacker (Triumph) of our Vase ‘B’ team in a picturesque setting. ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo of the Bandstand in Llandrindod Wells With flags and banners in the background connected to the ISDT 1938 (Courtesy National Library of Wales Rusham Roberts collection)

Photo of the Bandstand in Llandrindod Wells With flags and banners in the background connected to the ISDT 1938 (Courtesy National Library of Wales Rusham Roberts collection)

On the map

In an article that can be found here we have looked at the below maps comparing them with modern maps and have been fairly confidently able to identify much of the original route of the ISDT 1938. In addition an article here examines the checkpoints along the route of the ISDT from the map and using Google Street-view has looked at what these places look like today.

Image of scanned map of event route for ISDT 1938 its western extremity at Crymmych Arms and northern tip reaching Nannerch, Flintshire

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Image of route map, this copy kindly provided by Michael Ryan is a simplified version of the above map and is taken from the event programme

Sadly most areas of Wales have forgotten the Course Route, the Nationalities & dress plus political trend portrayed, go to the Towns & villages en route and very few seem to recall the event.

Image of scanned page with day 5 route and time listing 15/7/1938 ISDT 1938

Using the above information we have been able to map the entire 1938 route pretty accurately although some tweaking by way of correction may still arise read about the work to do this and see a modern map of the course here

Image of scanned list of competitors in numerical order #1 to #65 in ISDT 1938

Image of scanned list of riders #66 – #215 in ISDT 1938

Photo of members of the German Trophy Team H Scheizer, R Demmelbauer, F Fahler all in DKW 175cc and L Kraus BMW Sc 594cc in ISDT 1938

Photo of two German team members in distinctive white motorcyclist suit in ISDT 1938

Photo of #188 C G Rowels on Matchless 500 at ISDT 1938 (Courtesy Rowles Collection)

C.G. Rowles #188 Matchless 500 heading up the track away (‘past what is now a carpark) from the river near the lower base of Dinas Rock itself, the track is a little firmer today.

Photo of #126 German rider W Reinhardt on 597 BMW Sidecar outfit in ISDT 1938 (Courtesy of Rowles Collection)

Not British, judging by the sidecar arrangement #126, ,TO THE ‘Identifying Rescue’ came VMCC Library folk yet again, W Reinhardt of Germany is seen riding his 597 BMW & Sidecar  (from the Rowles collection)

Photo of #147 W Peacock with Aerial Sidecar Outfit in ISDT 1938  (from the Rowles collection)

British Entry W (Bill) Peacock on #147 Ariel & Sidecar identified thanks to VMCC Library people yet again.

Photo of Czechoslovakian Trophy Team in ISDT 1938

Photo of the British Trophy Team in ISDT 1938

Photo of British Army teams in ISDT 1938

Esso, Shell, Mobiloil, Castrol, Renold, Lucas Miller, Villiers, Clearhooters, Champion. Lissen, Powell & Hamner, Stadium, Hella, CAV, Michelin, Bosch, Klaxon, Delco Remy, BTH, KLG, Magnetti Marelli, Lissen plus the entire Italian & German motorcycles ranges plus accessories with other European & American machinery & Products had to compete to be the best available & where else to Internationally prove it to be so ISDT.

What the papers said.

the Motor Cycle‘ had a feature on the first four days of the event in the issue of the 14th July 1938 – you can read the article at our issuu.com library

A final report on the event appeared in the 21 July 1938 issue of ‘the Motor Cycle‘ which can be read here in a site blog featuring the issue.

Motor Cycling‘ carried a review of the first day and lead up in the issue of the 4th July and a more substantive early days report on the 13th July which is reproduced here and was followed by a complete wrap up of the 6 days with the results in the 20 July 1938 edition which can be viewed and is featured in this article

image - cover of das Motorrad #30 23 Jul 1938 with report on ISDT 1938

image – cover of ‘das Motorrad‘ #30 23 Jul 1938 with report on ISDT 1938

Possibly one of the lost iconic images of the ISDT in Wales from the German magazine ‘das Motorrad‘ here we see German motorcycles thundering through a South Wales village with the roads lined with enthusiastic school boys who for the next seven years may have feared a full German invasion. A copy of this magazine has been acquired any help with translating will be gratefully received.

As a major International sporting event at its time the race was widely covered in the National Newspapers, here is the coverage in the ‘Daily Mail‘ and ‘Glasgow Herald‘ of July 1938.

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Photo of scanned news article in ‘Derby Evening Telegraph‘ 16th July 1938 for ISDT 1938

image - scanned article from the 'Maitland Daily Mercury' New South Wales, Australia reporting the victory of the British Trophy team and the unexpected overwhelming of a strong German team in the ISDT 1938

image – scanned article from the ‘Maitland Daily Mercury‘ New South Wales, Australia reporting the victory of the British Trophy team and the unexpected overwhelming of a strong German team in the ISDT 1938

image of scanned clipping from 'Flight' Magazine 18 August 1938

image of scanned clipping from ‘Flight‘ Magazine 18 August 1938

Flight Magazine had this story in August 1938 reporting the unusual arrival at Cardiff Airport of a Junkers Ju 52, an aircraft that was an important element of the German Airforce during the WWII. The unusual visit was in order to pick up a an invalided patient Herr J Preiss who had spent nearly 5 weeks in Swansea Hospital after an accident in the recent International Six Days Trial.

The Silver Vase won by the SS motorcycle team made up of Mundhenke, Patina, Knees and Zimmermann.

The Germans’s also won another award and when the SS-emblazoned green leather-clad team marched up to receive the Adolf Hühnlein Trophy and gave the Hitler salute, a loud raspberry was blown by the director of the British team. Clearly the two nations were still some small distance from being at war.

Photo - Fiveways, Llandrindod Wells ISDT 1938

Photo – Fiveways, Llandrindod Wells Photo of crowds lining the streets near the Automobile Palace watching the ISDT 1938 (Courtesy National Library of Wales Rusham Roberts Collection)

This image taken by local photographer Rusham Roberts and graced the cover of the 1948 ISDT the first year the ISDT returned to Wales since 1938.

Credibility of Governments plus huge Military Contracts became dependant on results. (Sadly, a year later, developments were later advertised as we see here) ….Steam ship Europa arrived at Southampton at least a week prior to the ISDT start, Germany’s Teams had narrowly been defeated for the previous 2 years and another massive attempt was planned.  The entire German team left to stay for 2 days preparation at Cheltenham, then off to Nottingham for another 3 days practice at Donnington Park, then settling seriously into & further Llandrindod Wells plus Welsh Hills acclimatization.   Again German machinery was of virtually TT ohc races BMW & three ‘blown’ 175 DKWs & 600cc BMW sidecar outfits, & a field of 209 entrants prepared to compete in earnest. The inevitable conflict to follow did not alter courteous behaviour of all or efforts in catering or assisting all.  David Higman is currently Curator of the National Cycle Museum, now occupying that Building to the right of pic. That is Tom Norton’s Automobile Palace which still looks the same, David helped immensely assembling much in this site too & it was a sheer pleasure to see him being awarded an OBE.

Photo of Team service bays and a collection of national flags including y Ddraig Goch and the German Swastika at the ISDT 1938

Allocated work spaces for teams as in 1938 saw National flags proudly flutter behind the Red Dragon emblem of Wales which is the oldest Flag in Europe, the one at the left soon became involved in a terrible War.

The Final Score: Results

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 1938 ISDT here

Photo- Graham Walker, Editor of 'Motor Cycling' handed the cup presented by the journal to the best Army team in the INternational Six Days to the Royal Tank Corps team, who rode BSA's during the proceedings ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo- Graham Walker, Editor of ‘Motor Cycling’ handed the cup presented by the journal to the best Army team in the INternational Six Days to the Royal Tank Corps team, who rode BSA’s during the proceedings ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo of the German Vase Team who received their award during the Rally. They are R Seltsam, J Forstner and G Meier (BMWs) ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo of the German Vase Team who received their award during the Rally. They are R Seltsam, J Forstner and G Meier (BMWs) ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

Photo - During the National Rally, the International Trophy was presented to the British Team, Vic Brittain, Jack Williams (Norton), Geo Rowley (AJS) and B Munday and Stuart Waycott (Velocette sc) ISDT 1938 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – During the National Rally, the International Trophy was presented to the British Team, Vic Brittain, Jack Williams (Norton), Geo Rowley (AJS) and B Munday and Stuart Waycott (Velocette sc) ISDT 1938 (Image Morton’s Archive)

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Where are they now?

Photo of Percy Sivell’s 350 BSA Mount in the ISDT 1938

Percy Sivell’s 350 BSA Mount in the ISDT of 1938 is still kept as it was & working well with vintage & Trials Specialist John Harding. Peter Sivell can be seen as well on his New Imperial in the 1937 ISDT, no place for an old machine is safer than John Harding’s Collection, John appreciates them, rides brilliantly and maintains them as they were, well done John.

Photo of Percy Sivell’s 350 BSA Mount in the ISDT 1938

This came in directly from John Harding’s new Mobile phone!!!, absolutely great. Percy Sivell’s BSA lives on.  Now we can list the 1938 ISDT Trophy Winners as George Rowley, Jack Williams, Vic Brittain, W S Waycott <(they seldom mention his passenger!) Silver Vase went to the Germany Team Georg Meier, Rudolf Seltsam, J Mejes after hairy dicing in the wet at Donnington Speed Trials, 10 seconds was all between winners & losers!

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Photo of advertisment for Zundapp still marketing Civilian machinery amongs the Military preparations

Photo of Cyril G Rowles on his Matchless [CTX 108] with his trophy collection (from the Rowles collection)

Another Rowles picture of Cyril G Rowles, with his Matchless plus an array of silverware competitors could well envy. (One thing puzzling Michael Rowles & myself is that diamond shaped mark above the top of the ‘M’ on the Matchless Petrol tank, was it a way of marking by scrutineers?, does anyone care to advise us?. Now we can see from the Programme that Eddie Stephens C.G Rowles & N. Treseder were actually the Carmarthen M.C & L.C.C. entrants (my old Club!), Swansea M. C. had E Gordon Bennett Peter G. Sivell & J. Treseder entered for them.

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Photo of Commemorative Pewter Tankard from ISDT 1938

To commemorate representing West South Wales Centre of the ACU, these were presented to each rider, again this was the one Cyril Rowles received & still treasured today by his family.

Photo of Norton Advertising

A 16H Norton did not really develop to be on a par with the Zundapp BMW or Jawa.

Photo of Norton Big 4 Military Sidecar outfit

A Closer View of the Norton Big 4 was submitted to MOD & may have looked good here, however the Norton 16H Chugger wd not really be compared with BMW, NSU Zundapp or others of Germany

Links

An article about the 1938 ISDT on the VeloBanjoGent blog from Australia

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17 thoughts on “ISDT 1938 – Wales”

  1. iPø∂i$†å said:

    Great news I’ve got the ‘Motor Cycling’ issue with a full review of the 1938 ISDT which will shortly be scanned images loaded here and a copy of the article will be found at our issue library

  2. Paul Dean said:

    I have rather nice photographs of the winning British team and trophies Also a photograph of the German S.S. Team showing Patina Zimmermann and Mundehenke

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