Friday, April 27, 2012

The 1938 ISDT...a pictorial view....

I did a post on Stuart Waycott's special 598cc SOHC Velocette outfit and his participation in the prewar ISDT on December 6th  2010 and in it featured his participation in the ISDT and especially 1938 so a review of the photos used would be interesting.
What is the ISDT ?? The International Six Days Trial.....
It was really big prewar and countries entered teams competing for the several prestigious trophies.
Hitler's Germany with its sports director were particularly active in looking to win these events, purely for political means.
Great Britain responded and we will look, photographically at the 1938 event, based in Llandrindod Wells, Wales as it was the previous year, 1937.
 Map of the six days routes, starting and finishing daily at Llandrindod Wells. Most of the routes were between 430 and 450 km each day over poor tracks and the trial finished with speed tests on the last day.
Riders starting for the day. I'm unable to determine which day this is, however the outfit #32 is the 590cc Jawa entry of F.Janecek with the driver listed as F.Juhan, both of the Czechoslovakia.
#65, 494cc BMW outfit entered by the German National Socialist group N.S.K.K and ridden by R.Seltsam.
The Dutch A Vase team...#90 J.Bovee, #101 A.P.v.Hamersveld and #66 J.Roest all on 500 BMW's, and entered by the Dutch controling body the K.N.M.V.
Crowds in Llandrindod Wells, outside Tom Norton's Garage, listening to a broadcast of the event by Graham Walker.
A UK War Office entry, #78, a 500 BSA ridden by D.T. Dalby, somewhere on the route....
The going looks ok....
The going looks a little harder...day 5, the caption of the rear of my pic says...Ffrydd-Croestry. Presumably the area, but I'm unable to locate it on the atlas maps I have.
#105 is the NSU-Werke, the factory NSU entry , a 593cc NSU outfit, ridden by H.Dunz.
The going looks harder still....
#84, Stuart Waycott on the special 598cc ex TT SOHC engined Velocette with (Australian) Goulding sidecar.

Waycott's outfit.....


6 comments:

Adrian said...

Good report, if you can scan and post the back of the photo I can look it up for you FFyrdd is the plural of roads or can be a misspelling of Ffridd which is upland pasture in Welsh the word Croes is cross we have maps of the course and may be able to locate it. I enjoyed your article on the Velocette too thanks for digging this stuff up

The Velobanjogent said...

Adrian, for me to email you with a photo etc attached I need your email address...can you email me via the contact numbers listed on the top RHS of this blog...
Dennis.

speedtracktales said...

No problem wil lsend you mail shortly thanks

Shauni said...

This is so cool! I know my grandfather played a huge part in the Velocette world it is really neat to see the history in pictures. If you have any of Lou Branch please share.. it would be great for us to see them

OcchioLungo said...

Hi Dennis. We missed you at the Spring Opener last weekend. I hope you are doing well. I love the photos of the Waycott outfit. It must have been a fun one to ride.

Pete

speedtracktales said...

It's me I'm back.. just thought you might like to know I picked up an original copy of the Motor Cycling for the '38 ISDT which includes a number taken on the Ffyrdd Croesty. Once I get a programme with itinery I should have the final answer.. Keep an eye out on Speedtracktales.. we have a few of the 30's Motor Cycle and Motor Cycling mags now to be added