1957 - Between 1956 and 1957, the world was shaken by two major international crises and found itself again on the brink of yet another world war.
The Hungarian uprising was followed by strong repression by the crack troops of the Soviet Union.
On the night of November 4th, 1956 they invaded the ‘rebel’ nation with numerous divisions supported by artillery and aviation and left thousands dead on the ground.
No less serious was the clash between Egypt, on the one hand and France and England on the other for the sovereignty of the Suez Canal.
Both conflicts were not just military but also ideological, and sports events were transformed into an important opportunity to meet and dialogue, rekindling relationships which were thought to be irredeemably expired.
The 32nd edition of the ISDT which was based in Jelenia Gora, Czechoslovakia, September 15th to 20th, also played an important role and recorded another success, with 246 riders entered at the start.
Over 10 years after the end of World War II, West Germany was leaving behind the painful chapter of reconstruction and gave proof of being on track to regain the technological lead that had characterized it for decades.
Lorenz Specht, Richard Hessler and Gernot Leistner of Zündapp, teaming up with Walter Aukthun, Klaus Kämper and Volker von Zitzewitz, of Maico, took the championship lead in the early rounds and defeated the Czechs, winning the Trophy.
The hosts, though widely favored by a tough and highly selective route, had to settle for runner-up, followed in third place, by the Italians Dario Basso, Pietro Carissoni, Luciano Dall'Ara, Dall'Ara Franco, Flavio Montesi and Gianfranco Saini, also continuing to grow.
The A Team Czechoslovakia, composed of Vladimir Stepen, Oldrich Hamrsmid, Antonin Karel Matejka and Buchnar won the Silver Vase.
1958 - The following year, however, the Czechs took a sweet revenge in the very home of the Germans. From September 22nd to 27th, during the Six-Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen team composed of Bohuslav Roucka CZ 125, CZ 175 Jaroslav Pudil, Zdenek Polanka CZ 175 Sasa Klimt Jawa 248 Jawa 248 and Vladimir Antonin Matejka Sedina Jawa 344 prevailed in the Trophy, after a very heated confrontation with the Italian team, all on the Gilera, composed of Gian Franco Saini and Luciano Dall'Ara - 125cc, Costanzo Daminelli and Domenico Fenocchio - 175, Pietro Carissoni and Franco Dall’Ara on 250s.
Italy and Czechoslovakia were the only two teams that reached the end of the six days event with zero faults but separated only by a handful of seconds, hard-won in the special stages.
Third place went to East Germany and the West Germans were placed only fourth, despite a large deployment of resources and the high general level of organization.
The reception for personnel and equipment later proved excellent: for example, the chance to buy race tyres at a third of the normal selling price was offered to all the riders.
Even the gasoline was distributed at a discount, while supplies of oil were free.
Among the most popular brands of tyres could be seen the German Continental and Metzeler, the Barum Czech, English and Austrian Semperit and Dunlop.
Not all the bikes were equipped with knobbly moto cross tyres; many examples such as the wide range of British motorcycles of Ariel, BSA, Greeves, Matchless, Triumph or Royal Enfield used trials tyres on the front.
There were 257 registered riders, including 60 West Germans, 35 British, 20 Czechs, 15 Italians, 14 Poles, 12 Swedes, 11 East Germans, 10 Austrians, 9 Dutch, 9 Spanish, 7 Swiss, 4 Belgians and 3 Hungarian, but only 214 starters, due to the retirement of 19 Russian and 13 Romanians, for unknown reasons.
Among the 4-stroke models predominated mainly Italians, Germans and English, with the exception of a two-stroke 200cc Greeves, with special sand-cast aluminum exhausts, produced by Mahle (German).
On the fifth day Eugene Saini incurred two consecutive errors during a very difficult stretch, and received a one point penalty, but at night Count Giuseppe Lurani, who led the Italian team, called a special meeting of the jury and invalidated the check and with it the penalty point, but it was not enough to defeat the Czechs, who were the winners of the event and also won the Silver Vase with Czechoslovakia B crew, all of CZ (F. and A. Roucka with Darebny the 125, and S. A. Zemen Staska with 175), who also completed the Six-Days with zero penalties.
Despite the 12 gold medals of the Italians, almost all on 125 Gileras, Saini Gianfranco and Luciano Dall'Ara, with 175 Dall'Ara Franco, Domenico Fenocchio, Fausto Vergani, Dante Mattioli, Tullio Masserini, Luigi Gorini and Costanzo Daminelli, on a 185 and also Pietro Carissoni Jolao Strenghetto (Capriolo 75) and Carlo Moscheni (Capriolo 125), the performance of the two Italian teams in the Silver Vase was pretty disappointing.
Italy B (Crippa, Vergani, Moscheni and Masserini) and Italia A (Cremaschini, Gorini, Mattioli and Vanoncini) were classified only in 12th and 16th places, mainly because of two retirements, that of Crippa and Vanoncini, the latter because of the breakage of his Parilla machine one kilometer from the start.