Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Artur Fenzlau...Austrian motorcycle and motor racing photographer....a look at some of his photos from before WW2........

Artur Fenzlau was an Austrian motorcycle and motor racing photographer from a young man in the 1920's up to his death in 1984.
His extensive photographic and negative collection has, in the main, gone to the Technical Museum of Austria in Vienna who have digitised much of it and it is available for the public to view on their website....
http://www.technischesmuseum.at/
If English is your first language, you are better logging onto the URL using Google Chrome as it has a translation facility.
The copyright for these images is held by the museum and the estate of Artur Fenslau and I acknowledge this for their use on this blog and post which is non commercial.
So I've selected a few of the images for this post...some from the Swiss GP in 1935 and 1936, some from some minor GP events in 1932 and 1933 and the others from the races near Vienna in June 1939.
 1933 Odenburger Landerkampf,#14,Franz Falk Velocette.
 1933 Odenburger Landerkampf,#16,Emanuel Völkl ,OHC Norton 350.
 1932,GP von Odenburg..Velocette in the foreground.
1935 Swiss GP, pit lane Fergus Anderson, KTT Velocette(14).
1935 Swiss GP, 500 Husqvarna.
1935 Swiss GP, Jimmy Guthrie (16), Norton...
1936 Swiss GP, Jimmy Guthrie, Norton.My thanks for Charlie Huckins for picking up the original date error I'd made. I'd typoed it as 1935, when it is 1936.
1935 Swiss GP, start line.....
1936 Swiss GP, Otto Ley, works 500 supercharged BMW.
1936 NSU factory team, Swiss GP...
1936 Swiss GP, 500 Husqvarna Ragnar Sunngvist...
1936 Swiss GP, 3rd May, Stanley Woods chats with journalists before practice starts...
Start of practice, 9th June 1939, the 2nd Viennese High Road road race...G.Hildebrandt on a factory 500 BMW...
H.Thorn-Prikker (71), during practice, 10th June 1939 on a 1938 Mk.7 KTT Velocette...

During practice, 10th June 1939, Bruno Ahlswede on the ex Roger Loyer 1936 IOM TT Mk.6 KTT Velocette. The bike was destroyed during a firestorm in an air raid in Hamburg, WW2.
During the race, 11th June 1939, Bruno Ahlswede, ex Loyer Mk.6 KTT Velocette...
During the race, 11th June 1939, G. Hidebradt, works BMW....
H.Thorn-Prikker, Mk.7 KTT Velocette, 11th June, during the race...
Hermann Deimel (84), Velocette, during the race, 11th June 1939.
H.Kellner (122), BMW, 11th June 1939, during the race...
Kurt Pogner (114), BMW, during the race, 11th June 1939.


4 comments:

Grandpa Jimbo said...

Dennis:
What a superb series of race action photos! I'm guessing he was using Agfa film in a 6x9 cm camera. Thanks for the treat, Jim A., Tucson,AZ

The Velobanjogent said...

Jim,
You are right about the negative format, unsure if Agfa, but likely so...
Detail for the pics listed is...
Material: cellulose
technology: S-negative on plastic substrate
size: 4.5 x 6 cm
Date: 06/10/1939
Author: Arthur Fenzlau
...DQ

Charlie Huckins said...

Those photos of Jimmie Guthrie that you say are at the 1935 Swiss GP are actually photos of him at the 1936 Swiss GP. If you look at his Norton Model 30, which he is standing next to in one of the photos, you can see the rear plunger suspension which weren't on any Norton Model 30/40's until 1936. Plus I have seen these photos before and know for a fact they were taken at the 1936 GP.

The Velobanjogent said...

Thanks Charlie...I rechecked the source and found I'd made a typo with the date which is as you say in the 1936 Swiss GP.
My thanks...

Dennis Quinlan.