ISDT 1962 – W Germany

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Introduction

The ISDT of 1962 took place in Garmisch Partenkirchen

Image of scanned cover of official programme 37th ISDT 1962

Great competitors & really nice guys have been in touch, Helmut ‘Speedy’ Clasen who was a champ on Bicycles as well as Motorcycles & Leo Keller who has a superb ISDT site himself some pics of Speedy & others help us get a 1962 page going.  BIG THANKS!.The Cold war situation of 1961 which kept DDR entries out, sadly remained for the 1962 event as well.

Motorsport in Österreich

Internationale Sechstagefahrt 1962

We now have found a worthwhile collection of images of this event at the web site of the Technisches Museum Wien who have gathered a collection of ISDT records and images, mostly of Austrian competitors and team, from the best resources available – professional motorsports photographers.

View the gallery of images for ISDT 1962 here

Photo of the German Trophy team for ISDT 1962

Germany Fielded the Trophy Team which had won in Wales:#19 Erwin Schhmider 350cc NSU, Lorenz Muller 175cc Hercules, #165 Lorenz Specht 175cc Zundapp, #100 Gunter Dotterweich 250cc Maico, #2 Sebastian Nachtmann 750cc BMW, #76 Richard Hessler 250cc Zundapp.

Photo taken at Garmisch-Partenkirchen with #164 Oriol Puig Bulto on the prototype Bultaco where he won a gold in the first year a Spanish rider obtained such an award in the event. In his career he won 5 Golds 3 Silver and 1 Bronze (courtesy of FIM) ISDT 1962

Photo of #239 may be Kryspin Kinicik 125cc AWO Simson of Poland followed by East Germany’s Klaus Hasler #123 MZ, Ptr Valek (125cc CZ) of Czechoslovakia on the third day. ISDT 1962

Photo of #263 V. Gehring, Kramer ISDT 1962

Volker Gehring has found picture of this 1962 event of His Father V. Gehring, Kramer, Sengfelder gaining GOLD on 100c as Best Manufacturers’ Team. Thanks Volker.  A series of Superb action shots of Gehring follow thanks again to his son Volker Gehring who has helped me immensely.

Photo of#263 V. Gehring, Impossible to stage good pics like this. ISDT 1962

Photo of #263 Gehring in action on a climb weather is plainly shown ISDT 1962

Photo of #263 Always the studious spectators all around the world Gehring again. ISDT 1962

Always the studious spectators all around the world Gehring again.

Photo of #263 Gehring again, this gets us the atmosphere of the wet event. ISDT 1962

Photo of #xxx Jaques Ickx of Belgium on 50cc Kreidler in ISDT 1962

Photo of #294 Jaques Ickx of Belgium on 50cc Kreidler who finished with Silver in ISDT 1962

Thanks to the LeGuideVert Historic ISDE forum for recovering the above image of a Belgian youngster better known by many as Jacky Ickx

Photo of #239 Kryspin Kmicik on a 125cc WSK a Polish Vase team rider ISDT 1962

Photo of PENTON making a splash. ISDT 1962

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Photo of #5 Bud Ekins (587cc Triumph) who picked up a gold ISDT 1962 (courtesy of Bud and Dave Ekins Collection)

Photo of #18 John Harris BSA [275 GOB] Trophy Team Gold medalist, manufacturers Team Prize member too. ISDT 1962

This bike features in a ‘Where are they now?” spot which can be read below. It was sold at Auction in 2004 by a collector an up to date photo has not been located yet… can you help?

Photo of #170 Veteran Zdenek Polanka of the Successful Czech Trophy Team 125 CZ near Mitterwald on the Friday Run. ISDT 1962

Photo of Team Northrhine from the left shows #147 Kretschmar, #180 Speedy Clasen, #170 we do not have the ID for the next, then Uhlig & #278 Zimmermann, (courtesy Speedy Clasen). ISDT 1962

I am pleased to say you can find more of Speedy Clasen’s photos from the ISDT in 1962 in his Picasa online photo album here

What the Papers said!

image - cover of Das Motorrad #21 13 October 1962 reports on the ISDT 1962

image – cover of Das Motorrad #21 13 October 1962 reports on the ISDT 1962

We are always looking for help locating and welcome gifts of scans of event reports from old magazines, in this case it would be good to see this German report althoug ha translation would be even more helpful.

A recent lucky break on eBay recently found a rather frail and turning to dust copy of ‘Motor Cycle News‘ that was acquired and more or less disintegrated once it had been scanned. The photos are below and a pdf of the pages are available below its format did not suit our issuu.com library

Photo - Gordon Blakeway heels over his Triumph on a road section of the course he went out on the last day with clutch trouble ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – #30 Gordon Blakeway heels over his Triumph on a road section of the course he went out on the last day with clutch trouble ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – Trying to be as fast as a speed boat is #35 Fred Billet. Behind him is Finnish rider #46 Pertti Karha ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo - Army sargeant #111 Gordon Norton, a member of one of the Royal Enfield works teams, displays a nice line in body lean in forcing up a special test for bonus points. He was unlucky to lose his 'Gold' when he lost a single mark on time which relagated him to 'Silver' standard ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – Army sargeant #111 Gordon Norton, a member of one of the Royal Enfield works teams, displays a nice line in body lean in forcing up a special test for bonus points. He was unlucky to lose his ‘Gold’ when he lost a single mark on time which relagated him to ‘Silver’ standard ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo - #16 Privateer Dick Clayton zooms through the second day timed section on his 500cc Triumph Trophy. He won a silver medal with eight marks lost on time and put up a creditable showing in the bonus points tests. ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – #16 Privateer Dick Clayton zooms through the second day timed section on his 500cc Triumph Trophy. He won a silver medal with eight marks lost on time and put up a creditable showing in the bonus points tests. ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo- Four British riders splash across the waters of the River Isar, in desolate country. Trophy man #7 Tim Gibbes (AJS) is leading, followed by privateer #8 Eric Chilton (Triumph), Silver Vase teamster #11 Vic Eastwood (AJS) and top-scoring Trophy member #10 Johnny Giles (Triumph) ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – Four British riders splash across the waters of the River Isar, in desolate country. Trophy man #7 Tim Gibbes (AJS) is leading, followed by privateer #8 Eric Chilton (Triumph), Silver Vase teamster #11 Vic Eastwood (AJS) and top-scoring Trophy member #10 Johnny Giles (Triumph) ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo - Back at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski-stadium used as a 'parc-ferme,' Soviet rider #206 Nicolaj Kulev gives his hefty 175cc Russian two-stroke a quick tune-up after a first day of torrential rain. ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – Back at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski-stadium used as a ‘parc-ferme,’ Soviet rider #206 Nicolaj Kulev gives his hefty 175cc Russian two-stroke a quick tune-up after a first day of torrential rain. ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo - Few men have ever been given the responsibility of riding in a Trophy Team at their first attempt in the ISDT. But that is what John Harris was called upon to do. He did it well, winning a gold medal on his BSA 500 twin ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – Few men have ever been given the responsibility of riding in a Trophy Team at their first attempt in the ISDT. But that is what #18 John Harris was called upon to do. He did it well, winning a gold medal on his BSA 500 twin ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo - Bronze medallist Dave Clegg (Greeves) having his time card stamped with Czech rider Karel Pecha (Jawa) in Bavarian sunshine last week. ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Photo – Bronze medallist Dave Clegg (Greeves) having his time card stamped with Czech rider Karel Pecha (Jawa) in Bavarian sunshine last week. ISDT 1962 (Speedtracktales Collection)

Image of scanned newspaper article – final results ISDT 1962

Photo of #67 Don Bridgeman GB on a DMV (TBF 258) dnf followed by #180 Helmut ‘Speedy’ Clasen whose pics have been used here. ISDT 1962

Photo of down under racer #7 Tim Gibbes AJS 596 of Brit Trophy Team scrambler style helped. ISDT 1962

Photo of 4th Day near Resle again 250cc Maico mounted Netherlands rider #129 Henri Zijdemans. ISDT 1962

Scooters gaining Silver Medals, what next?.

Photo of #104 Johnny Brittain on suddenly successful Royal Enfield 250 Crusaders on his way to 9th. Gold whilst in GB Trophy Team. ISDT 1962

Photo of Franz Herrmann 490 BMW ‘ploughing through near Resleon 4th Day. ISDT 1962

Images of scanned newspaper with Trophy Scoreboard ISDT 1962

Photo of River Isar crossing at speed, #180 Helmut Clasen again ISDT 1962

Photo of US rider #5 Bud Ekins, a guy who actually also did “The LA Car chase in Bullet!” and so many big time competitions & stunts, a late & definite great guy. ISDT 1962

More about the riding career of Bud Ekins can be found here

Image of scanned news paper cutting Vase Scoreboard ISDT 1962

Photo of The Final Race Day Start for 175 & 250 class machines #180 Helmut Clasen #147 Kretschmar on a Maico, #200 Lenert of Austria on a Puch, #1 is F. Hoen on a DKW & #204 F. Schuetze on a Maico. (all info thanks to Helmut Clasen.) ISDT 1962

Photo of #69 Triss and Bryan Sharp of Britain’s Vase B Team on Greeves 250s. on last day Speed Trials. ISDT 1962

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 1962 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!

Advert Break

Castrol Oil Advert ISDT 1962

Image of scanned advert from Motor Cycle for Castrol Oil ISDT 1962

Advert Polish Motorcycle Company ISDT 1962

Image of scanned advert from Motor Cycle for Polish Motor Cycles ISDT 1962

Advert Royal Enfield Crusader ISDT 1962

Image of scanned advert from Motor Cycle for Royal Enfield Crusader ISDT 1962

Where are they now?

John Harris’s works BSA appeared in an auction in 2004. at Bonhams. Although no picture can be located, the sale description provides some of the bike’s history. Since we know this bike exists I hope it’s owner finds this article and can let us have a copy of a photo of the bike today.

Whilst browsing a google image search recently looking for US stars, I found photos taken on a tour of the National Motorcycle Museum with a picture of GOB 275 listed as a 1962 ISDT BSA A50 but not given the #18 plate it rode in the 1962 event with.

Photo of John Harris's BSA A50 500cc Twin GOB 275

Photo of John Harris’s BSA A50 500cc Twin GOB 275

#293 was the number of Arthur Lampkin’s BSA in the ISDT 1963

Auction 11091

25 Apr 2004 11:00 BST Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Collectors’ Motorcycles & Related Automobilia

Sold for £7,820 inc. premium

Lot heading – Lot 329

The ex-works, John Harris, ISDT
1962 BSA 500cc A50 Star 
Registration no. 275 GOB
Frame no. A50-109
Engine no. A50-193

The ex-works, John Harris, ISDT 1962 BSA 500cc A50 Star Registration no. 275 GOB Frame no. A50-109Engine no. A50-193 This machine, believed the only one of its kind ever made by BSA, was ridden by the Small Heath factory’s works moto-cross star John Harris in the 1962 ISDT at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in West Germany. At the top of his form in 1962 (he finished third in the British 500cc Moto-Cross Championship that year) Harris was a member of Britain’s official Trophy Team alongside Fred Billot (AJS), Gordon Blakeway (Triumph), Tim Gibbes (AJS), Johnny Giles (Triumph) and Ken Heanes (Triumph). A gruelling event at the best of times and a real machine-and man-breaker, the ISDT invariably is won by the team with the best reliability record. And while Harris’s BSA came through unscathed, the mounts of many of his team- mates fell prey to minor problems, dropping the British team to second place behind the victorious Czechs.

Out on the BSA again for the 1963 ISDT in Czechoslovakia, Harris was not so fortunate, being eliminated, together with Gordon Blakeway, on the first day, a double blow that ended all hopes of a British medal. For the 1964 ISDT in East Germany, ‘275 GOB’ was loaned to rising star John Lewis, who would feature in the British Team in 1966, ’67 and ’68, though not on the BSA. Its days as a works mount over, ‘275 GOB’ was sold directly from the BSA factory to the present private owner. The latter’s business is a partnership run with his brother, and for insurance purposes the machine was placed on the company policy, which necessitated registering it in the brother’s name. In 1967 the vendor sold the machine to a local dealer, Bridge Garage in Exeter, from whom it was purchased by a Mr Stone. Stone sold the bike to one T Seldon, from whom the vendor bought it back in 1973. Once again, it was registered in the vendor’s brother’s name for insurance purposes. Restored towards the end of 2003, ‘275 GOB’ had been kept in storage, un- touched, for the preceding 25 years. The machine is reported as completely original, with the exception of the handlebars which have been replaced. Since completion it has covered only the few miles to the MoT station and back.

Presented in very good condition, ‘275 GOB’ is offered with its original logbook showing the BSA company as first owner and listing all subsequent private owners, press cuttings (one showing BSA Competitions Manager Brian Martin with the machine) restoration invoices and current MoT certificate.Like the majority of rival manufacturers – Triumph excepted – BSA preferred to campaign its single-cylinder models in off-road competition, using the Gold Star in the 1950s and then the unit-construction C15/B40 and its derivatives in the 1960s. Exactly why BSA chose to build this-almost certainly unique-ISDT twin remains a mystery. The unit-construction A50 and A65 twins were newly introduced in 1962 and Small Heath may have felt that the ISDT experience would expose any weaknesses in their design. On the other hand, with off-road twin-cylinder models for the United States market in the pipeline, it may have served as a test-bed for these. Whatever the reason for its creation, ‘275 GOB’ represents a unique opportunity to acquire a fascinating piece of works BSA competition history possessing impeccable provenance.

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3 thoughts on “ISDT 1962 – W Germany”

  1. Hi,

    What a great site. I’m currently researching a book on BSAs A65/50 and have been talking to the guy (Ray Beech) who did the John Harris A50 engine. http://www.technischesmuseum.at/ have three great images from 1962, one of which I’m hoping to use, but I was wondering if I could use the National Motorcycle Museum one above too? Obviously I’d credit the site.

    Cheers and keep up the good work
    Pete

    PS. I think the Stafford information is incorrect as Lewis was on a B40 in 1964. It’s also often reported that Harris pulled out in ’63 due to ‘oiling’ issues on the A50. My sources say his retirement were not machine related and quite possibly un-publishable! I’ll post a fuller piece once I have the full info.

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