Bill Snelling, a living legend from the Isle of Man and the keeper of the history of the TT races as well as the ISDT on the island recently contacted me to say he was reducing his archive and was hoping Speedtracktales might be willing to take his collection of negatives for the ISDT events in the Isle of Man. Hardly unable to hold back my joy, I of course accepted and was told to wait for a package.
In preparation for the ongoing project to try to map all routes for every ISDT, I’ve acquired a map for the ISDT 1965 from the official Programme. If anybody has any more information about the exact locations of checks etc I would always be grateful to get them for when I turn my attention to this event.
This is a low resolution copy I have a master image scanned at 300dpi and would like to very much thank the generosity of Graham Forsdyke, one time writer for ‘the Motor Cycle‘, ‘Motor Cycling‘ who covered a number of ISDT events and made this copy of the programme available for our further research needs.
The 1965 ISDT was the event’s return to the UK since it’s visit to Wales in 1961. Any reader doubting of the significance of the event in the national sporting calendar at a time the national motorcycle industry was a key player in the economy can be reassured by the official visit of Denis Howell MP, the British Government’s Minister for Sport, who crossed the Irish Sea to watch what became a wash out.‘the Motor Cycle‘ report said “In the toughest, roughest, most demanding International Six Days Trial in memory – probably ever – East Germany repeated last year’s victory by taking home the Trophy and Silver Vase. Their six-man Trophy team and four man Vase team were all MZ mounted. They led in both contests by devastatingly big margins. What is more, their teams were the only ones to finish without any retirements.
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