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2008/2013 USGP/TTC photo gallery

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Bernie Schreiber is coming to the World Championship

 Bernie Scrheiber Bernie Scrheiber 1979 Bernie Scrheiber 1987 Motoverte - Bernie Scrheiber

We are pleased about this:

Dear All,

It’s a pleasure to announce my attendance at the upcoming Wagner Cup Trial in TN.

Thank you so much for inviting me to come and organizing accommodations. It is heart-warming to know that you all still honor my results, although we have not seen each other for such a long time or never had the chance to meet. I value those Trials moments we have shared and I look forward to a memorable weekend together.

With best regards,

Bernie Schreiber

See Bernie’s AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame page and his NATC Hall of Fame page.

Wiltz Wagner, namesake of the Wagner Cup

The Wagner Cup in 1987Wiltz WagnerThe Wagner Cup has been part of all world championship motorcycle trials events held in North America since 1975. The winner is determined by the lowest score over the combined two days of competition.

The cup is named for Wiltz Wagner, a founding member of the North American Trials Council (NATC). Wiltz is widely considered to be “the father of American motorcycle trials.”

See this extensive background article on Wiltz when he was inducted into the NATC Hall of Fame in 2005. He’s also featured on the Rocky Mountain Trials Association history page.

The Wagner Cup, which features four bighorn sheep, is kept permanently at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) headquarters in Ohio. The name of every North American world-round winner since 1975 is engraved on the cup.

Mrs. Roger Ansell, Wilt Wagner, Martin Belair, Mr. Roger Ansell Takahisa Fujinami, winner of the 2008 Wagner Cup
Above left photo: Wiltz Wagner, second from left in the blue shirt, out on the loop at the 2008 USGP with Martin Belair (red shirt), AMA’s Roger Ansell (far right), and Roger’s wife (far left).

Above right: Takahisa Fujinami, winner of the 2008 Wagner Cup

Steve Ahlers and Wiltz Wagner Wiltz Wagner with daughter Belen
I took these photos of Wiltz at the 2004 USGP in Duluth, MN.

Left: with event organizer Steve Ahlers. Right: with his daughter Belen.

Wiltz’s was also a physician and professor. He was the Vergil K. Stoelting Professor of Anesthesia at Indiana University from 1995-2005.

 

The FIM guys: on task!

Jean-Marc Crumière, Charly Demathieu, Jim BlackburnWhen the event began each day, these gentlemen from the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) were serious and focused.

L to R: Jean-Marc Crumière, Charly Demathieu, Jim Blackburn.

Mr. Trials Comp, Shan Moore

The periodical that does the most to keep motorcycle trials thriving in the USA (“… the ‘industry reporter’ and publication of record on Observed Trials since 1975′) is Trials Competition Newspaper.

 Shan Moore and Wiltz Wagner Apr-08 Shan Moore

The man who makes it all happen (on the left with Wiltz Wagner) is Shan Moore, Trials Comp’s publisher and editor. Watch for comprehensive coverage of the Wagner Cup in the June issue of Trials Comp.

World Champions, now minders, Martin Lampkin and Jordi Tarrés

Most spectators wouldn’t know but two former motorcycle trials World Champions were at the event, working as minders.

Martin Lampkin Jordi Tarrés

Left: World Champion (’73, ’75) Martin Lampkin (UK) was a minder for his son, seven-time World Champion Dougie Lampkin.
Right: World Champion (’89-’91, ’93-’95) Jordi Tarrés (Spain) was a minder for Youth class competitor Francesc Moret.

FIM Jury meeting

FIM Jury meetingThe Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM, International Motorcycling Federation) is the governing body of motorcycle competition.

After every Trials World Championship event, a team of FIM officials (the jury) meets with the local organizers to discuss all aspects of the event and give feedback.

The photo is from today’s meeting. Click to enlarge.

Update 4/28: L to R in the photo: Danilo Galeazzi, Francois St. Laurent (interpreter), Jean-Marc Crumiere, Wiltz Wagner, Beland Wagner, Steve Ahlers, Brian Behling, ??, Jordi Pratt, Miguel Cerrera, Dan Brown, Chuck Weir

The Wagner Cup’s namesake: Wiltz Wagner

Wiltz Wagner

The Wagner Cup has been part of all world championship trials events held in North America since 1975. The cup is named for Wiltz Wagner, a founding member of the North American Trials Council (NATC). Wiltz is widely considered to be “the father of American motorcycle trials.” He was inducted into the NATC Hall of Fame in 2005 (comprehensive background). See more about Wiltz on the Rocky Mountain Trials Association history page.

That’s Wiltz in the photo, second from left in the blue shirt, out on the loop today with Martin Belair (red shirt), Roger Ansell (right), and Roger’s wife (left).

The Wagner Cup, which features four bighorn sheep, is kept permanently at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) headquarters in Ohio. The name of every North American world-round winner since 1975 is engraved on the cup.

Wiltz’s was also a physician and professor. He was the Vergil K. Stoelting Professor of Anesthesia at Indiana University from 1995-2005.

 

Dignitaries! Officials! Muckety-mucks!

TTC HQ FIM dinner FIM dinner

The new TTC HQ building was the site of tonight’s dinner with officials from the FIM, NATC, and other motorcycle trials-related organizations.

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Steve Ahlers arrives; does practically nothing

Bill Mathewson, Steve Ahlers, Hub Brennan Here’s a smiling fellow Minnesotan, Steve Ahlers, veteran organizer of three Wagner Cups at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN earlier this decade. (That’s RITC’s Bill Mathewson and Hub Brennan with him).

Steve remarked how much he enjoys coming to World Rounds, having no organizational responsibilities whatsoever.  He still volunteers, though. He’s checking a section on Saturday.

Section inspection

Galeazzi Danilo, Steve Sorz, Dan Brown Galeazzi Danilo, Steve SorzGaleazzi Danilo, Steve Sorz, Dan Brown
L to R: FIM’s Danilo Galeazzi, Steve Storz (Storz Performance, Inc.) and TTC’s Dan Brown at lunch today in the TTC lodge. Steve speaks Italian and Dan doesn’t so he was indispensible. I later caught them inspecting Section 15 (below).

Galeazzi Danilo Galeazzi Danilo, Steve Sorz, Dan Brown Galeazzi Danilo, Steve Sorz, Dan Brown Galeazzi Danilo, Steve Sorz