The 38th Ibbenbürnern Veteran Motorcycle Rally 2018 was a great success! The turn-out was great, the weather was perfect during the whole Pentecost weekend and the atmosphere amongst the participants was great as always.
The event, organized for the 38th time this year, focusses strongly on pre-war motorcycles and this is clearly visible when walking over the participants camping place. Well over 300 historic motorcycles are on display during the weekend and the touristic routes on Saturday and Sunday are viewed by many people along the route. At countless places, the drivers are greeted with flags and other signs by families on a day out or people living along the route.
As such the Ibbenbürnern Veteran Motorcycle Rally is a real and worthy representative of the cultural heritage that the ownership of these beautiful machines brings. All drivers are open to explain more to visitors about their magnificent machines and often have interesting stories to tell on how they got hold of their prized possession or found difficult to locate parts.
Being the second time the FIVA presented the much sought after Preservation Award, the number of well-preserved motorcycles was even bigger and more diverse than in 2017, making the job for the jury very difficult. The jury members, Wolf-Otto Weitekamp, Martin Schenker, Wilhelm Burkhard, Jürgen Cüpper (who also functioned as the public speaker during most of the weekend) and yours truly, did a preselection during the Saturday but some late entries changed the scene somewhat and hence the whole process continues well into the Sunday afternoon.
During the Sunday evening session in the big tent, where dinner was also served for the participants, the prizes where given. These range from prizes to those that drove the regularity run with the highest precision to kid-cups, those that celebrated their birthday during the weekend, the longest distance to participate and many, many more.
For the FIVA Preservation Award 3 motorcycles were pre-selected:
- The 1935 DKW SB200 owned by Kay Jäger. At the time the ‘Volkswagen’ under the motorcycles and hence many have been regarded as not worthy to preserve or have been slaughtered for spare parts or heavily modified. The jury found it important to show that even a humble heritage is worth saving and hence placed this very nicely preserved DKW in the pre-selection.
- The 1929 BMW R52 owned by Gerd Hindriks. According to the owner, this motorcycle was stored during a very long period of its life and was only used for approx. 5 years in its early life and can be regarded as a real and rare barn-find. The machine came with the original papers, toolkit, Siemens spare sparkplugs and was clearly very well preserved.
- The 1914 Wanderer 4PS “Heeresmodell” owned by Hans-Dieter Springer. A 500cc V-twin with belt drive and rear-hub gearbox with 2 gears. A beautifully preserved example of this brand that still carried its original leather saddle and showed many, well preserved, original details. Based on age and condition the Wanderer was, therefore, presented the FIVA Preservation Award.
To all others that took their motorcycles to this great event; rest assured, the assortment of vehicles on display was great and gives confidence that preservation is seen as a very important by more and more owners of historic vehicles. The Handbook of Turin has been mentioned more than a few times by owners and spectators and this FIVA guideline is certainly seen as an important book and guideline by many.
However, this does not mean that FIVA renounces restored vehicles! Sometimes a vehicle is too far gone and can only be kept on the road if considerable action is taken and as long as the owner and bystanders enjoy the final result of sometimes years of painstaking restoration work, searching for parts etc. As long as the restoration work is done along the lines of the Charta of Turin, FIVA fully supports such work and the resulting enjoyment.
The organization of the Ibbenbürnern Veteran Motorcycle Rally is greatly appreciated for the invitation of FIVA, their meticulous organization that shows their experience. The countless helpers and the wide support of the local government all made this an event to remember, to recommend to others and visit again next year!
Vice President FIVA
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