A great deal of the findings & facts can be acknowledged to be from ex Rider Arthur Williams, he currently is researching plus browsing through his own records along with those of his late friend Bill Roberts who passed on in 2006 & whose ISDT data collection has been kindly onpassed by his widow for us to place online for others. Anyone who can spare information on the iSDT? kindly send it along, nothing is not returned & does not get wasted here, thank you.
Hugh Viney Capt of the British side forcefully flying his AJS 500 twin through "Farmers" sector
A Gipsy lad in clogs leads the family wagon past the Llandovery Check point oblivious to the ISDT in progress.
The Rumi Team, so conscious of the Colds & Flu which seemed to hamper earlier Italian Teams bought Duffle Coats & Chequered "Dai Caps" as they are called in Wales to keep warmer in preps & during stops.
That all conquering Czech Trophy team, all on JAWA!, from left V Sedina, J Kubes, S Klinu, J Pudil, B Roucka
Holland "B" team took the Silver Vase, 10 is Simon Schram on a 175 Maico, far right is 36 Bennie L Jansema on a 150 JAWA & 152 centre is Martin Den Haan on a 250 Puch, I hear that out of this Highly talented Team only Simon Schram remains, let there be fine memories.
Martin Den Haan came into the Trials Racing Scrambling Scene in Netherlands immediately after WW2 with family support he plus brother Pieter became two of the top Racers & number 152 in the 1954 ISDT in what I am told is the 6th Day Speed Trial shows style & a little extra speed effort to help the team obtain that Silver Vase. This picture was recently sent here,out of respect, Martin Den Haan, an absolutely great Competitor plus person passed away a short while ago so we first confirmed with his family whether to exhibit these pictures. They are here with respect to a great rider.
Britain's "No Penalty" Team, the very first to complete the course unpenalized, from the left B H M Viney 500 AJS, S B Manns 500 Matchless, P H Alves 650 Triumph, J V Brittain 350 Royal Enfield & J W Stocker 350 Royal Enfield.
Brecon Beacons leg shows B P Emmelkamp taking his 600 Zundapp sidecar outfit on loose going ahead of 173 S Stastka on his 250 JAWA, A Hartner brings up the rear on his 350 twin TWN, number 219.
Austrian 175 Puch rider F. Gnaser ahead of British entry J.C.L. Bodenham on his 175 DMW, with a low cloud blanketed Bwlch y Groes behind them.
Night riding & Belgian rider Roger de Jonek-heere make way on his 250 NSU, the night run on the second day after the 161 miles 9am day start in squalls & sunny patches with a strong cold wind, FIM rules had reduced morning maintenance from 15 mins to 10!
German "A" Vase Team rider W Sautter at Tregaron driving his 250 NSU Sidecar Outfit.
BSA B team member W T Howard BSA Sidecar Outfit with a bent sidecar wheel spindle precedes George Buck's Ariel outfit through picturesque Corris. A youthful Michael Martin, a BSA apprentice aged 17, is in #50, Michael now 70 wrote in to advise us that the B team consisted of BSA Bantam mounted George Pickering, themselves plus Frank Darrieulat 500 sidecar, only Frank Darrieulat finished out of that B Team. Brian Martin was Michael's elder Brother and British VASE Team and also prominent in the BSA setup.
The river crossing at Blaen y cwm, Hercules mounted German competitor, W Brosamle gets guidance from a countryman
J Weingartmann of Austria's Trophy team lifts the front wheel of his Puch through a muddy section at Bwlch Sarnau.
Cader Idris section Holland's C Van Ewijk pushes his Victoria followed by T B J Stronge of Ireland with his BSA & A Hartner of Germany with a TWN.
Belgium rider A Colin shown here at a barren Tregaron sector achieved a "Special Gold" at his first attempt on a 250 NSU.
Here we are again at the Llandovery town centre Check stop, a photo from upstairs at Castle Hotel
B Roucka winds his JAWA through the Staylittle section.
Foreground shows H Pelikaan of Holland wheeling his DKW down the narrows at Eunant Pass, Czech rider J Kubes manhandles his JAWA along and in the background CZ rider, Czech J Hoffman waits for a clear run at the gulleys
Lady rider Molly Briggs on a Triumph twin at the tricky Brecon Beacons sector, trying to get past the Francis Barnett of Irish entrant D L Martin.
Cyril Quantrill, ever the journalist alongside his OHC Norton, watching competitors on Eppynt, here he has German entry H Oelerich ploughing his way on his 350 Victoria.
First and second away at the start on amazingly quick Italian 98cc Ducati head along the Tregaron tracked road, a 07:00am start for a 238 plus a half mile course
Eddie Crooks at speed during the event with a Elan Valley Background too. printed from the Crooks Collection with permission. Eddie actually won 3 Golds & one Silver & honestly loved the 6 Days events. Martin Crooks gently pointed out that after all, the ISDT in it's earliest form did actually emerge from Ambleside & Carlisle location (Thanks to Martin too)
British Army Team Representing the Royal Artillery was:
6th Day arrived, Madley Airfield with Speed tests underway
86 Comparatively easy Miles from Llandrindod Wells to Herefordshire Airfield, Madley had the 6th Day Speed Trial, Jack Stocker somehow dropped his Royal Enfield en route to the venue
If anyone can find more out about the 1952 event where J Bojting won a Gold seen here please inform www.six-days.org ISDT & Enduro web run by Roberto Biza & Marcello Grigorov