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This year saw the 27th ISDT visiting Bad Aussee, Austria 18 – 23 September. This was the first time officially with the event was attributed to Austria. The event had swung into Austria a few times in the past and was most notably the home of infamous ISDT of 1939 which became a German event after the German Third Reich take over of Austria. Based in Salzburg in 1939 it visited Bad Aussee on Day 2, Gross Glockner on day 3.
Image of scanned cover of Official Programme of 27th ISDT 1952
Online copy of the original programme available thanks to the Technical Museum of Vienna via Issuu see it here
Image of scanned page from ISDT 1954 programme featuring images of ISDT 1952
Photo of 1952 Maico Six Days Team, the Club Trophy winners “Team ADAC Gau Württemberg” Ludwig Westphal, Gottlieb Haas, Günther Ilgenstein; Maico chief engineer Ulrich Pohl (German trophy team, Gold), Walter Aukthun (Gold), Hans Danger (German trophy team, Gold)(from left to right) all riding Maico 175cc . #77 is the Maico of Gottlieb Haas, #65 the Maico of Ulrich Pohl.
We needed outside help again as we only had a handful of press cuttings to use for this 27th ISDT round. Located in Austria, based at Bad Aussee, where 38 of the highest Alpine Passes can be found, brought massive efforts from the 6 countries with 260 riders competing. After Arthur Williams’s most determined & helpful effort ULRICH ZIPPERLEN came forward with the correct desciption of the picture:
[I could supply copies of the Maico brochures and pictures for the site. It is so nice when you become corrected to bring facts to life, thanks to all again.]
Image of scanned Jawa / CZ advert celebrating their success in the ISDT of 1952
Photo of metal badge dated 1952 for the 1. Schwelmer Geländehurs “Rundum Külchen”
Ace searcher & researcher Dave Martin found this badge, Originally Taff writes he was unsure whether original old or modern, any ideas?. However racing to our rescue was Andreas Holthaus who adds more in his comment below, this was an annual event taking place near Wüppertal, first held on the 24th August in the year of the badge .
(That JAWA winning team had numbers ranging from 65 to 77 in the pic above)
Photo of #208 Eddie Breffitt on a breathtaking development using a works Norton 88 496cc [CON 3], seen here on a dark section, tanks leaks, gearbox problems plus electrical failures started to appear more frequently than other European products. ISDT 1952
photo – #206 Don Evans on 500 Royal Enfield ISDT 1952 (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 ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ for details.
Photo – L to R – British rider line up #229 Dick Clayton (Matchless) [MYP 585], #206 Don Evans (500 Royal Enfield twin) [KAB 548], John Brittain (500 Royal Enfield twin) KAB 547], David Tye (BSA) [MOK 751], Peter Hammond (Triumph) [MNX 63] and Tom Ellis (BSA) [MOK 752]. ISDT 1952 (courtesy Deryck Wylde collection)
Photo of a Triumph Motorcycle [MNX 62] that took part in the ISDT 1953 (Copies of this image can be purchased from http://www.mortonsarchive.com)
The competition plates of this bike is not one of those used in the ISDT, another Triumph, [MXN 64], was of course ridden by Jim Alves. if you can help identify the above bike please let us know
#183 Bob Ray #251 Jack Stoker Royal Enfield 692cc #233 Hugh Viney AJS 498cc [MGO 518] #213 S B Manns Matchless 498cc [MGO 517] #242 Jim Alves Triumph 649cc [MNX 64] in the British Trophy team for the ISDT 1952
photo – #215 Johnny Brittain using the power of his “500 Twin” in one of the most arduous climbs encountered in Austria in the ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales collection)
photo – #251 Jack Stocker (“Meteor 700”) faces another tough section after he leaves a time check in weather conditions typical of the 1952 event. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales collection)
These images above come from a pamphlet about the ISDT produced by Royal Enfield in 1953 which can be read here.
photo – Dutch competitors #53 B Jansema (150cc CZ) with #127 Hubert Pellikaan (200 Zundapp) at an intermediate check ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales archive)
Photo – The Czechoslovakian team, winners of the 1952 International Trophy. With their 250cc Jawa two-strokes are #177 Jan Novotny, #169 Jiri Kubes, #148 Richard Dusil. Circled are (left) Cenek Kohlicek and right Jaroslav Pudil, the two 150 cc CZ-riding members of the quintet ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – #250 F Bracher (350 Jawa) of Czechoslovakia, riding above the clouds, near the top of the Gross Glockner Pass. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – #224 JR Hebden (498 Triumph) in a Christmas card setting near Randstadt, in the Tauern Pass area. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – British Trophy teamster #251 Jack Stocker (692 Royal Enfield) leads a rival down a track in the Mandling District which typifies the terrain in the trial. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – Sunday morning sunshine in Bad Aussee speeds #242 Jim Alves (649 Triumph) on his way to fight for the Trophy. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – German sidecar expert #105 M. Klankermeier (BMW) takes a corner in Admont. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – A Puch pütsch! #19 Karl Zöhrer lifts his Puch 125cc front wheel as he and #32 Edi Platzer ( Austrian Vase ‘B’ Team) who abandoned on the 2nd Day make up time on a by-road in Admont ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – #204 HJ Marriott (490 Norton) effectively framed on a road in Mandling while and elderly villager watches the trial go by. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – Member of the Czechoslovakia Trophy team, #169 Jiri Kubes seen during Sunday’s run. His mount is a 250cc Jawa two-stroke. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – Conditions at the start of Saturday’s run are depicted above. Reflected in the waterlogged ground, spectators and officials see the riders off on their third day’s journey ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – #37 Pietro Carissoni (124 Rumi), of Italy, passes a picturesque Tyrolean wooden ‘music-box’ building in Admont village. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – Former captain of the British Trophy team and veteran ISDT competitor #193 Fred Rist, a member of the Birmingham MCC club team of BSA riders. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – Germany’s famous TT Winner, #260 Georg Meier (500 BMW) representing the Fatherland in the competition for the Silver Vase. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – This year’s British Trophy Team ‘Skipper’, #233 Hugh Viney piloting his 500cc ‘Springtwin’ AJS over a rough section of Sunday’s route. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – #110 L. van der Noll of Holland (590 BMW sc) begins the climb of the Steinberg Pass followed by his compatriot, #106 BP Emmelkamp, on a 597cc Zündapp outfit. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – So this is Austria, in September! The Dutch 499cc BSA rider #235 M.Rodenberg leads #236 Phil Mellers (498 Ariel) through the street of a snow clad village on Saturday. ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
Photo – And now the sunshine! On the lower slopes of the Steinberg Pass, British Army rider #222 Sgt FW Gamwell (498 BSA) catches up Austrian #54 Hans Waska (148 Puch). ISDT 1952 (Speedtracktales Collection)
The images below appeared in the event report in ‘Motor Cycling’ 25 September 1952 which can be read in our issuu.com library via this STT Blog – ISDT 1952: Bad News from Bad Aussee for Great Britain
Photo of Austria’s #6 Walter Kramer making way with a Puch 250 sidecar outfit in ISDT 1952
Brits would always frown on such low power for sidecars.
Photo of solo motorcycle #136 Gustav Heimbucher on his works Ardie 245cc overtaking a sidecar outfit of British couple #112 Reginald Wagger and his wife Denise in ISDT 1952
Thanks to Speedtracktales reader Geoff Wagger for drawing our attention to the above sidecar team being his mum and dad.
Factory entrants were always handicapped with a 10% expected speed increase requirement.
Photo of riders left to right winning Czech riders Pudil, Kubes, Novotny, Kohlicek & Dusil ISDT 1952
Photo of Passes with rough Austrian Mountain routes really tested men and machinery, here is #208 JE Breffitt on Norton’s Featherbed framed 88 following a European 2 stroke rider. ISDT 1952
Photo of #246 Condor of Willi Flückiger, this time a 250 Swiss machine version, Switzerland Teams had 3 wins between WW1 & WW2, Britain 10, Germany 4, Italy 2 Czech 1. ISDT 1952
Photo of #109 Werner Krittner with is Zundapp 597cc sidecar outfit struggling in ISDT 1952
This shows the level of weather & terrain encountered.
Photo of the beautiful 600 BMW of #23 Hans Roth of Germany’s only Silver Vase Team ISDT 1952
Hans Roth of Germany’s only Silver Vase Team, faultless, without points loss until the final day at the speed trials, where they had set up the fastest speed of 104 mph , then Roth clipped an exhaust valve & their win was lost just there.
Photo of #238 Johnny Giles ridden factory Triumph of the Triumph Factory team in ISDT 1952
Johnny Giles ridden factory Triumph with a spare throttle cable in position, not a complete one but to a junction box where it could be quickly swapped in case of problems.
Photo of #233 AJS twin Factory machine [MGO 518] of Hugh Viney in ISDT 1952
AJS twin Factory machine with tyre inflator plus rubber inner tub covered rear suspension units.
Photo of #248 Denzel of Germany with a BMW & #247 Sgt VE Monk of the Army MSA team from Bordon on a BSA Gold Star in ISDT 1952
43 of the non factory sponsored riders attempted to obtain Gold medals 28 riders acheived that.
Photo of 750 Royal Enfield, here with the factory’s long term achiever and British Trophy team rider # 251 Jack Stocker aboard, always a ‘performer’ in ISDT 1952
Photo of #221 G. Parsons, 500 Ariel in ISDT 1952
Photo of #37 Pietro Carissoni’s Moto Rumi 125cc of Italy, faster in it’s class even than Puch & Maico in the speed Trials, parallel horizontal twin 2 stroke, five started only one finished in ISDT 1952
Photo of the 125 Italian Aermacchi with unusual suspension 4 started & 3 finished the ISDT 1952
Photo of one of several lady riders, the experienced #57 Olga Kevelos rode a superb Moto Parilla 150cc, retiring on the 3rd day at ISDT 1952
Photo of Puch mounted Austrian #96 Karl Devoty Pusch 171, his right handlebar broke off on the 3rd day, yet he continued for 3 more days steering with the left & using the handlebar taped to his petrol tank to operate throttle ISDT 1952
Photo of 250 Puch of Dutchman #150 Ap Koning also with a problem, he covered the entire distance in spite of losing his forward right footrest. ISDT 1952
Photo of German Sidecar crew #115 Gustav Kettler Zundapp 597cc ISDT 1952
Photo of another side view of #208 Eddie Breffit’s Factory Norton 88 [CON 3] at ISDT 1952
Photo of A well fitted ISDT machine with a rubber insulated clock, along with a tank mounted bag for maps & time cards etc at ISDT 1952
What the papers said!
image – scanned photo from ‘the Advertiser’ Adelaide 30 Oct 1952 with Team BSA including Brian Martin, Fred Rist, Bert Perrigo (Team Manager), and Norman Vanhouse and the Maude’s Trophy after the officially measured road test and the ISDT 1952
“BSA Win Trophy For Year’s Best Observed Performance
The BSA team— Brian Martin, Fred Rist, Bert Perrigo (team manager) and Norman Vanhouse with the Maudes trophy awarded for their 4,958 miles officially observed road test and participation in the International Six-Days Trial.
THE Auto Cycle Union of Great Britain has awarded the Maudes trophy to BSA for the most meritorious observed motor cycling performance of the year. Three stock model BSA Star Twins were selected by the official ACU observer, Mr. J. McNulty from a batch of 35 passing through the finishing department of the BSA works early in September. These machines were marked with special paint and the engine and components sealed. From then on the machines were under the direct supervision of the observer unless he impounded them under lock and key with his own personal seal on the door. On September 7 the three machines, ridden by prominent British riders Fred Rist, Norman Vanhouse and Brian Martin left Birmingham accompanied by Mr. McNulty. Their route was to take them through nine countries. From September 18 to 23 they were in the International Six-Days’ Trial through the Austrian provinces of Styria and Carinthia in the British zone, and Salzburg and Upper Austria in the US zone. Competition from top rank Continental riders and machines was met, but, despite the rigors of the course and bad weather, each was awarded a gold medal for having covered the course without loss of marks. After the International Six-Days’ Trial the machines continued their road test, passing through Germany, Denmark and Sweden to the finishing point at Oslo on September 30. Mr. McNulty made a detailed report of his observations to the ACU in which lie included a record of every attention the machines had received, and later the ACU issued a certificate of performance. The Maudes trophy was first introduced by the ACU in 1923 and was last awarded in 1939. On October 9 this year the ACU competitions committee considered the report of their observer on the BSA performance and made the new award.”
image – cover of ‘Das Motorrad‘ #22 1 Nov 1952 with report ISDT 1952
image – cover of Das Motorrad #20 19 Oct 1952 report on ISDT 1952
Any help in acquiring or translating foreign languages such as these issues of German magazine Das Motorrad covering this ISDT would be most welcome.
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 Stewards Report for the 1952 ISDT here
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The Technical Museum of Vienna has a number of pages dedicated to the ISDT including 1952. Follow this link to see the article on the event of this year along with very comprehensive Photo Gallery
Artefacts and Collectibles
Entrants Medal ISDT 1952
This was the medal of Liverpool’s #255 Eric Wilson who rode to earn a Silver medal.
Image of scanned Jawa / CZ advert celebrating their success in the ISDT of 1952
Image of scanned advert for Puch Motorcycles from official programme ISDT 1952
Image of scanned advert for Semperit Tyres from official programme ISDT 1952
Where are they now?
Photo of Bram Haartman’s superb restored 350 JAWA ISDT machine
Andreas Holthaus said:
Maybe I can help about the badge “1. Schwelmer Geländekurs Rund um Kuelchen 1952”.
This was a local event at Schwelm (close to my hometown Wuppertal), firstly held on August 24th, 1952. (Some weeks before the ISDT)
I cannot find any evidence, that the Czech ISDT team did participate in this event (the only information I could find about this event is in the book “1945 bis 1960-Motorradrennen im Rheinland” by Heinrich Effertz), neither the text nor the winners lists show Czech entrants.
Anyhow, there are rumors, that they had been there for “training purpose” and took part out of ranking, but did impress the spectators by their performance.
This is, at least, what an old man at the bar told a friend, when making a pause with his offroad bike at a pub at Kuelchen, which is a small village near Schwelm.
Why such an unimportant event? Assumption is, that it could disguise the real reason, which might have been to get outside the iron curtain and get the possibility to buy motorcycle parts unavailable at home (The region around Schwelm was full of automotive part suppliers during the early 50s).
Once found the information at the internet (unfortunately didn’t save the link), that the team manager tried to get shock absorbers from the company “Hemscheidt”, who at that time produced the shocks for the NSU Max 250, but the Czech team manager didn’t get them, despite a lot of booze ;o))
So, as it mostly remains speculation, I cannot give a proven answer, but this might explain, why a Czech ISDT rider can be seen on a badge from a local event.
Andreas, thank you very much for taking the time to share this information with us. Such assistance is priceless.
Geoff Wagger said:
1952 ISDT. the photo with the following caption “Photo of solo motorcycle #136 Gustav Heimbucher on his works Ardie 245cc overtaking sidecar outfit in ISDT 1952” The rider and passenger on the sidecar outfit are my late parents, Reginald Wagger and his wfe Denise. Hope this is helpgul
Geoff thanks for taking the time to let me know. I will update the caption later. Do you have any other information about your parents involvement in the ISDT or their racing history?
Geoff Wagger said:
I have quite a few photos from various ISDT and other events both sidecar outfit and solo. I am very willing to share these with you. Please let me know how I can oblige.
Please reply via my email account.
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Paul Dannatt said:
I have the Gold medal won by Sgt R Rhodes of the 1952 Army team.
I used to work with him in Andover Hants UK in the 1980’s.
He gave me his medal as I was doing clubman events at Enduro in Wales , at that time. He gave the medal to me as he had no one in his family who was interested.
I would like to pass this medal and box on to you so that we can continue the history of this event and those Hard competitors.
Will you kindly email me about this. Thank you
Hi Paul thank you so much for this generous offer. I will certainly be sure that Sgt Rhodes story is saved and kept and hopefully his family will one day come back to find out more.
Enrico Facco said:
Hello, I’m looking for photos of the Aermacchi taking part in the race with the Italian drivers, thank you.