All three installments of Enduro Classics in one great value package!
The International Six Days Enduro is known as the 'Olympics of Motorcycling' such is the enormous amount of effort, stamina and skill required to compete. It is a 1000 mile test of mechanical and human endurance both off-road and on.
Today's bikes are designed and built specifically for Enduro competition. Back in the Fifties, however, things were different. The event was known a s the International Six Days Trial and the bikes were based on standard road models with hardly and modification.
Enduro Classics features gruelling ISDT events with stars of the era competing in Italy, Austria and Wales during 1951, 1952 and 1954. They are linked by present-day reminiscences from gold medal winners of the past such as Jeff Smith and Eddie Dow.
Two more gold medallists include Brian Martin and Norman Vanhouse, who were part of the BSA team who rode from Birmingham to Vienna and back to Oslo - a 4500 mile trip that won them the coveted Maudes trophy for achievements on two wheels. The team also competed in the ISDT en route and none of the riders dropped a single mark! The full flavour of their epic ride is featured here.
These original films, together with the memories of the legendary riders, recapture an era when four-strokes dominated and an ISDT entry was a major adventure. Classic stuff, in more ways than one!
Volume 2 : continues the story of the International Six Day Trial into the 1960s, with colour footage of the ‘Olympics of Motorcycling’ in 1960 and 1966 and a look at how the sport developed with the final round of the 1981 European Two Day Enduro Championship. Selected from the BP Video Library, these archive films show the often gruelling conditions competitors faced, and demonstrate the effort, stamina and skill. They are also a wonderful opportunity to see, and hear, some classic dirt bikes in action, including Moto Guzzi, Royal Enfield, Puch, AJS and even Lambretta! Austria International is the story of the 35th ISDT, with plenty of action and a spell of controversy! Ife Er Folge charts the 41st ISDT, as riders, including legend Sammy Miller, tackle a very demanding event. The Scandinavian-accented commentator will raise a smile, and you’ll want to watch the slow motion sequences over and over.
Finally, Austrian Enduro takes us to the final round of the 1981 European Two Day Enduro Championship. Enjoy the battle between stars of the day including Geraint Jones, Derrick Edmondson, John Knight, Alessandro Gritti and Gualtiero Brissoni.
Volume 3: Thick mud, heavy rain, steep climbs, dusty tracks and the extreme physical challenge of riding against the clock for six days solid – it’s no wonder this event has become known as the ‘Olympics of Motorcycling’!
The third volume of Enduro Classics contrasts the same event in two very different eras, with wonderful archive footage putting you at the heart of the action as the International Six Days Trial, or International Six Days Enduro as it became known, is battled out between the nations.
Although 24 years apart, each event featured includes a truly international line-up of star dirt bike riders, an array of exotic machinery and the sort of tension-packed competition which has seen the ISDE run for more than 90 years.
The 40th ISDT 1965 transports us to the stunning Isle of Man for one of the toughest courses ever devised. Overseen by motorcycle legend Geoff Duke, Clerk of the Course for this event, the Isle of Man throws everything it has at the riders, the rain, mud, fog and terrain decimating the field as the six days pass.
After traversing the Island’s diverse landscape, the contest culminates in a road race using part of the famous Isle of Man TT course. British riders including Sammy miller, Ken Heanes and Triss and Bryan Sharp face the best riders in the world, including the victorious riders of East Germany like Peter Uhlig, Karl-Heinz Wagner, Hans Weber, Werner Stiegler and Günther Baumann.
The 64th ISDE 1989 moves into the modern era as the action transfer to Walldurn in what was West Germany. More than 450 riders from around the world faced a different sort of challenge to their predecessors in the Isle of Man – this time dust, power sliding and motocross-style tests were the order of the six days.
Among the stars you can see in action are Dakar Rally aces Stephane Peterhansel and Gilles Lalay, American Terry Cunningham, Jeff Nilsson of Sweden and Britain’s own Paul Edmondson, whose battle for 125cc honours is simply breathtaking. Add in the all-star Italian and Finnish teams, featuring the likes of Stefano Passeri, Gianmarco Rossi Kari Tiainen and Jukka-Pekka Leino, and you have the makings of a truly dramatic international Enduro showdown.