1939 ISDT picture , -better copy wanted-

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1939 ISDT picture , -better copy wanted-

Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:54 pm

Hello All,

This picture comes from the SpeedTrackTales website.
It was taken during the ride back to Boulogne-sur-Mer from the aborted 1939 ISDT in Germany.
(read all about that in the book written by John Bradshaw "The Six Day Affair" )
It shows the ISDT machine no.108 from W.A.West in the foreground and the Ariel from Len Heath on the trailer.
Len Heath had crashed his Ariel, you can see the handlebar hanging of.

But, I am very curious about what kind of special bits are on the machine No 108 in the front.
I asked on the Speedtracktales site for a better copy but no reply so far.
Possibly this pic comes from The Motor Cycle, august or september 1939
Anybody have a copy of that issue? I've looked on Ebay but so far none to be found.

on trailer number 27 crashed Ariel Len Heath . 108 W.A.West Ariel.jpg



Thanks !

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Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:57 pm

Oh yes, I've asked Mortons Media but draw a blank.
Also Sammy Miller, although he is from a later era, no info.

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Re: 1939 ISDT picture , -better copy wanted-

Postby brenton.roy » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:00 am

Interesting springs..

Interesting times too. From our Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.
BRITISH CYCLISTS IN GERMANY.
The harassing experiences of a party of
British motor cyclists in Germany for the
International Six Days Trial on the eve
of the war are described in an article re-
ceived recently
This famous trial is held annually in dif-
ferent countries. Germany organised the
event this year running it towards the
end of August in the Bavarian Alps near
Salzburg. English clubs and manufacturers
were represented bv 12 teams and the British
Army sent three teams comprising nine of its
best motor cyclists
When the contest commenced from Salz-
burg the atmosphere was fairly tense but
became more strained two days later when
the Russo-Geiman pact was signed. When
only two days remained the British contin-
gent decided to do their best to see the
trial through. But late that night an urgent
message was received stating that the British
Consul in Germany had advised all British
nationals to leave immediately. Early next
morning they set out some for the Swiss
and others for the French frontier reciev-
ing every help from the German authorities
All eventually reached England. The trial
finished with Germany as the winner and
Italy the runner up. Britain won the trial
in 1938
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Re: 1939 ISDT picture , -better copy wanted-

Postby john.mitchell » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:56 am

In 2014 Club member (and ex Chairman and Editor) wrote the following. If copies are still avaiable it is an excellent read
John
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Re: 1939 ISDT picture , -better copy wanted-

Postby john.mitchell » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:03 pm

Try again
In 1914 Club member (and ex Chairman and Editor) wrote the following. If copies are still avaiable it is an excellent read
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Late August 1939
Following the Olympics in Berlin three years earlier, the ISDT was seen by Hitler as being another opportunity for Nazi dominance - and the event was unexpectedly held in occupied Austria. Half way through, riding across the mountains surrounding Salzburg they received telegrams from the British Embassy telling them to get out and go home immediately.
World War II started just a week later!
The story of how all the British competitors and spectators successfully made it away through Switzerland with the help of their German escorts.
Seventy five years later, one of the competitors tells his grandson all about his adventures...
Costing £12, the book will be available at the Launch, or then from the Museum Shop or online via http://www.thenmmshop.co.uk
John Mitchell
Editor Cheval de Fer

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Re: 1939 ISDT picture , -better copy wanted-

Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:10 pm

Yes, I have the book and by now also a bit more info on ISDT Ariel’s.
But I still lack any info on Mr. West himself.
What happened to him? Did he survive the war ?
Anyone know of any relatives still alive?


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