Seventy years of Sidecar Motocross From Barry Nutley
Single cylinder Motocross bikes with home-built sidecar and passenger sitting. Mainly club racing with a small number of International events.
Twin cylinder larger engines, European scene growing, specialist chassis builders and many International events in France, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.
Formal International European Championship launched. Engines now large four-stroke twins. Wasp Chassis dominates, sport growing in popularity.
FIM World Championship (WSC) formalised. Reinhard Bohler/Siegfried Muller win inaugural championship. Large four-strokes engines becoming replaced by lighter, cheaper two-strokes. European chassis builders evolve to compete with Wasp (e.g EML/VMC/BSU).
Eastern European nations now involved and sport is very popular across Europe.
Strong National Championships in most European countries. World Championship hotly disputed. Mix of single cylinder two and four-stroke power. Dominant chassis makers VMC and WSP. Many young stars are borne.
Zabel two-stroke now engine of choice, VMC and WSP share chassis spoils as Daniel Willemsen makes history with ten titles. Television coverage brings unprecedented exposure. Young teams flex their muscles.
APO Multimedia sign promoter deal as global pandemic brings the curtain down. Exciting new schedule announced, and more young names join the fray.
From Barry Nutley