Wednesday, July 25, 2012


We have written about Edward Magner, who broke the land speed record on a Royal Enfield and also about his participation in the Isle of Man TT. Now a correspondent from Sweden points out an article about him that includes a picture (go to page 13 of the PDF). The article is in Swedish, so I list below whatever Google translate has been able to do with it (I hesitate to call it a translation :-)


The audience at the Great Lake was estimated at three to four thousand people.

The winter of 1929-1930 had been unusually mild, windy, no real cold and therefore also no frozen lakes at least not in the Lake Malar area. It was decided that the international speed record attempts  for motorcycles,  to be held on Edsviken north of Stockholm, would be moved to the frozen lake at Ostersund.

The Great Lake offered very good ice conditions with mirror-like ice without snow in the early March 1930. However, the wind had been difficult all week, with wind and gusts which threatened to frustrate the whole arrangement. The wind died down on Saturday afternoon, but only on Sunday 10th March were the conditions ideal: the ice was free from water, cold enough and the air clear. The runs were located at
Åssjön (the part of the Great Lake which is between Ridge and Frösön). At 14 o'clock on Sunday
it began. However, blow a little from the south and an hour later came the snow. It was, according to Martin Stromberg's book "Skin Knutte in the Stone Age" quote: many salty guys who met in Ostersund the first week of March. First, world record holders Ernst Henne, Edward Magner and Ivar Skeppstedt. On top Milhoux from Belgium with a Guild-machine, Folke Manner Manor, Pelle Nystrom and Helmer Pettersson. The records Speed would be put on the flying kilometer and English mile and also ran a contest at 2 000 m circular track in heats of five turn, this close to rakbanan. There were two runners in each heat on the circular path.

The crowd gathered on Sunday was estimated to be 3000-4000 people.

The following story could be read in Jämtland Newspaper the following day: "SMK's Jamtland Divisional
hastighetsttävlingar were successful. Saturday and Sunday were a few favorable days for a record circuit breakers. Their engines were singing almost the day in all the way down there on Åssjön. Magner, Royal Enfield, which holds the world record in Class G (1000 cc with sidecar) on the flying kilometer and English mile, juxtaposition of 178 km / h, hit it on Saturday by 5 km, and on Sunday was listed for him an average speed of 189 km / h. He has thus undercut it for the world record in the time of Class G, both in English mile and flying kilometer. For English roller recorded time 30.57 sec and flying kilometer 19.045 sec. Although Ernst Her BMW who holds the world record for solo machines in Class D (750 cc) obeying the 196
km / hour, managed to push down time on the flying kilometer under the world record. In English roller noted
29.29 seconds, and the flying kilometer 18.18 seconds. meaning an average speed of 198 km /hours. While some national record underskredos, but lives of these are not yet calculated. "Some malörer occurred, however, among otherwise Pelle Nystrom on his Norton 500 cc sidecar machine at close to 200 km / h
dropped the wheel into the sidecar. He flew to motorcycle and slid against one of the wooden posts
set for the electrical timing speed along the route. Complicated fracture ensued, but it is reported
according to Östersund Posten quote: "He is Moreover, they are now in good humor, though he had the right
a lot of pain in the leg - have brothers Nystrom refrained from further driving and left it to Helmer Pettersson
and Edv. Magner to step in as a reserve driver in each. solo and sidvagnskörningen Norton. "

The new world records that were proposed were: Class C alone machines 750 cc, Ernst Henne BMW, 198.02 km / h flying kilometer and 198.02 km / h flying English mile.

Class G sidecar 1000 cc, Edward Royal Magner Enfied 188.98 km / hr Flying kilometer, and 189.48 km / hr
Flying English mile.

National record that was proposed on flying kilometer and English mile each Class A alone machines Helmer Pettersson at the British Excelsior, Class B sidecar Folke Manner Norderstedt At Husqvarna, class F sidecar Renè Milhoux the Association.

In addition to the aforementioned world records who also is national.

As a curiosity may be mentioned that the cartoon character Tintin's dog Milou, is named after racing driver and Belgian Rene Milhoux. The foundation should have been dressed Milhoux in white (as was the fashion of racing at the time) he was also small and hot-tempered as a terrier.

To see the results of the round path contest was Ivar Skeppstedt at the UN in a class by itself LT writes: "In the final heats began Skeppstedt (UN) and Gunnar Kalen (Sarolea). Here, the event occurred great disappointment, in that Kalen had to break the race. He started well, but already in the first turn drove
Skeppstedt from his camp, and salt in half the banana Kalén assumed due to machine malfunction. Starting mate soldier, very nice time, the best so far in Scandinavia at 2 000 m circular track, respectively 4.59,6 which corresponds to a rate of 120.17 km / h. It was scary to see how he threw on the corner. Machine
stood across, and after the rear wheel, there was a more meters long comet tail of isflisor. Driving Skeppstedts in fact, made the most impressive impression of all motor men's achievements. "

Results of round bane races:

Category 1: Class B Skoglund, Rex 6.22,2 Category 2: Class B Carl Jonsson, Rex 5.46,2 Class C G. Bolander, Monarch 6.17, Kl a s s D Ivar Skeppstedt, United 4.59,6 and Class E E. Sagstrom, Super X 5.12,4.

Jämtland newspaper tells addition: "The Most of our own motorcycle riders took part and achieved with their catalog machines good results, though they do not could compete with the visiting fast riders. G. Sjöqvist
- A famous ski racers here, ran for the day a Norton with known prowess. One that was missing, however
was Gosta Johansson, who instead helped to keep audience at a safe distance from the runway. On the evening proceeded in prizes for the competitions on Grand Hotel. "

FACTS Presentation of some participating riders on the Great Lake in March 1930

What then were these "many salty guys" and record breakers were in Östersund?

Folke Mannerstedt Born in 1901 in Stockholm. Best known as the engine builder and manager for Husqvarna's successful motorcycle department from 1929 until 1935. He was also active as racers in the 1920s. He made his debut as a racing driver 1923 with a 4-cylinder ACE, on Hornsbergsvelodromen in Stockholm. He was responsible for the Belgian UN competitions in Sweden, both as a design engineer and racing driver in the 1920s. worked for 1935 as an independent engineer and motorcycle designer, and was, among other involved in the delivery of the Army's motorcycle (Albin Monark) that developed during the war. I myself can remember that during the 1960s, had motor column in the Östersund-Posten, which you could write and receive answers to their engine tuning concerns. Manner Stedt died 1987th

Ernst Jacob Henne Born in 1904 in Weiler near Wangen in Bavaria. Began racing on motorcycles in 1923 and participated in the Monza Grand Prix 1925 where He came sixth in the 350 cc class. Between 1928-1937 he hit 76 speed record, the last in 1937 with 279.5 km / h with a jacketed streamlined and supercharged BMW. The record lasted for 14 years. She also competed with cars Mercedes-Benz and BMW. 1949 She became a distributor for Daimler-Benz in Munich with the firm "Auto Her" which became one of Germany's biggest car dealers. He died in 2005, 101 years old.

Edward Magner Born in 1900 in Stockholm. He started racing years 1920 at a BSA, drove a lot of hill climbs at Husqvarna. First world record speed of 1 km flying start he sat in class G, (same class as 1 year later on the Great Lake) in 1929 on Edsviken. 1932 he stopped competing.

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