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1926 ISDT held in Britain at Buxton resulted in G W Walker, J Lidstone, with P Pike taking the Trophy for Britain.
Here we go! & look at the Welsh TT ad. bottom right on the front page.
As ever thanks to ‘STB’ for identifying the above riders.
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 – #113 Goodall and Whittard with Morgan ISDT on Blackwell Mill Hill ISDT 1926
A well observed climb!! for more information on the severity of this climb check the news cuttings we have unearthed reporting on the progress of the event.
Results of event with rider review based by motorcycle make from non-sourced news article
Here is one pic rescued by Dave Martin, does anyone out there have where or who info please!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.
BSA also won the 350cc class win
What the Papers Said !
We have been able to gather the following news paper reports on the event.
“ENGLISH SIX DAYS’ INTERNATIONAL TRIAL.
English files arrived by last mail and contain interesting particulars of the famous event which was held on August 16th. to 21st. over an 800 miles ‘Road’ course, terminating with a speed trial of approximately 50 miles on the Brooklands track.
The mere mention of the distance covered, however, does not convey any impression of the severity of the conditions encountered, the course selorted. including atrocious road surfaces, water splashes and loose stones.
On Blacker Mill Hill for instance, which competitors had to descend on the first day and ascend on the second day — very few of the riders managed the descent without falling off or losing control of their machines, so steep was the declivity. Again, only 25 per cent of the entrants climbed this hill the following day, the remainder falling half way up.
This year’s international trial attracted 113 / competitors, of many nationalities, and of these only 91 completed the course.
The three teams of B.S.A. riders consisting of a ladies team, the gents’ B team and a team of Dutch riders all scored notable successes ; the B team being the only team in the trial to finish without loss of points. The ladies’ team secured a team’s prize trophy, and the Dutch team finished second for the international silver vase In addition to these awards the 12 B.S.A, entrants secured ten gold and one silver medals.
It is generally conceded by English motoring journals that this international trial is the most important, and incidentally the most severe reliability trial held in England.”
This report was duplicated in ‘the Sunday Times‘ of Perth 7 Nov 1926
The ‘Glasgow Herald‘ covered the whole event everyday and with the paper available online below is a report for each day
‘Glasgow Herald‘ Aug 1926
Where are they now?
In 2011 Phil Pike’s restored Trophy winning Sidecar outfit appeared at a Bonham auction. Details about the bike including some history of it’s involvement in the ISDT in 1926 and later is included in this page
We cover a Liverpool MC Reliability Trial from 1926 taking place on routes later to be introduced to the ISDT of 1933 in Wales read it here
The following article about the ISDT 1951 appeared in the 4th October 1951 issue of ‘the Motor Cycle‘ and in which George asks a number of questions about the venue for the event, the future of the event and the British teams future tactical challenges, and introduces some great new British Talent:
Where do we go from here?
A Backward Glance at the 26th International Six Days’ Trial – and a Thought for the Future.
By GEORGE WILSON
The most famous and longest established event in the British Reliability Trial / Enduro in Great Britain is the Welsh Two Day Trial and has often been used to decide on the selection of British Team riders for the ISDT. Originaly a three day trial it is organised by the Mid Wales Centre of the Auto Cycle Union. Taking place in Llandrindod Wells it has undoubtedly influenced the venue for the ISDT when it has been held in Wales.
In 1958 the event was used to select the British Team for the ISDT 1958 in Garmische and the event was reported in the ‘Motor Cycling’ paper of 26th June 1958 by Norman Sharpe. The whole text of the article is reproduced below as are the images.
Thanks to Chris Goodfellow for this note on Bill Booker – Sgt.D.Brooker is better known as Bill , later to be the Competition Manager for Greeves Motorcycles , Bill is still in the land of the living , aged 87 , and only recently stopped riding in one day trials .