BOOK LAUNCH with Trials & Military Bikes RIDE-IN at the NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM Saturday 2nd August, 2014
The NMM is hosting the LAUNCH OF A NEW BOOK: ‘THE SIX DAY AFFAIR’ by John Bradshaw
Held in the Museum Foyer, the author will be available to sign copies and discuss this fascinating tale, together with a rare opportunity to watch the original NSU promotional film about the 1939 ISDT.
Late August 1939
Hitler’s armies were poised to invade Poland, while in Austria the International Six Days Trial was nevertheless underway. The trial was dubbed ‘The Motorcycling Olympics’, where the crème de la crème from five or six nations competed in six days of hard riding.
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 and with the British teams once again doing very well indeed, 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 has so far only been briefly mentioned in print, but extensive research has revealed much new material about this fascinating and exciting event in history.
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 www.thenmmshop.co.uk The NMM will also be welcoming Military, ISDT & Trials Machines to a ‘RIDE-IN’ & DISPLAY.
To coincide with the launch of this book whose main themes are both WW2 & ISDT, we are inviting owners of Military &/or ISDT/Trials machines to ride in or bring them along to display in front of the Museum Entrance.
Riders displaying these machines will receive half price entry to the Museum collection.