1965: War is declared
* During the autumn of 1964, president Nortier was informed by Mr Lenfranc that a certain number of federations had contacted Mr Cuguero (the Spanish vice president) to complain that nothing was functioning properly in the FIM administration. To make a long and painful story short, all the accusations against the secretary general and the president had only one target: change the president. “Mr Cuguero says that one has the distinct impression that the FIM’s method of going about things is not what it should be and should be remedied by a change of president. There are a certain number of NMFs who wish Mr Rodil’s name to be put forward (…) He cannot help but think that if he puts forward the name of Mr Rodil for the presidency, it would give the general council the opportunity to state if it is happy or not with the current management”.
* It was obvious that the delegates would arrive in Moscow in a different state of mind; rumours of all kinds were circulating and many delegates were totally confused and did not know whom to vote for. The sessions took place from 17 to 22 May. The meetings were held in the Soviet Trades Union Hall, where Lenin lay in state before being moved to the mausoleum on Red Square.
* A page in the history of the FIM had been turned. Very early on Christmas Day 1964, the secretary general emeritus, Major Thomas Wynn Loughborough had passed away in hospital in England. Mr Anstice and Major Goode, his successor at the FIM (in full tumult) attended his funeral. For those who had known him personally and knew his past, he would always be the father to the FIM. Mr Loughborough had served the federation from 1912 until 1958 and had been over eighty when he retired. For president Nortier and many other delegates the FIM would not have existed without him.
* The following item on the agenda was the election of the president. Mr Nortier handed the floor to Mr Zurn, the Luxembourg delegate and a lawyer. It was clear that the issue had been discussed at length during the central board meetings prior to the general assembly. The FIM was divided, and two candidates were opposed, which could lead to a fracture. The idea was to postpone the election for president to the autumn congress – something that was not foreseen in the statutes – and therefore illegal… But the proposal was accepted by 31 votes in favour and one against (Mr Lechner, from Monaco).
* The “Central Motor Club of the People’s Republic of Mongolia” had applied for membership of the FIM and was accepted by the council. Brazil and Venezuela who had given no signs of life for several years in spite of several attempts to contact them, were excluded.
* At the sporting commission, the title of “World FIM Trophy” was adopted for the Six Days (instead of an international trophy). Upon Mr Kedrov’s proposal, it was decided that prizes would be awarded to members of the teams finishing in first, second and third position (up until then, prizes were awarded solely by the organisers). Mr Gullberg presented Sweden’s application to stage the Six Days in 1966 and asked for an immediate response in order to obtain the government’s support. And the reason? In 1967 it was planned to change the highway code so that people would drive on the right instead of the left.
* Mr Boensch gave an account of the United States GP at Daytona. While there were between 12 and 15 riders at the start of each class in GP, races organised by the AMA counted up to 130 starters. But the AMA had not allowed their riders to take part in the GP and did not want to cooperate with the MICUS. A long discussion ensued which concluded that sooner or later the AMA would have to join the FIM.
* As a certain number of delegates doubted the legality of the extension of the president’s mandate, the secretary general consulted a Swiss lawyer – since the FIM’s official address was in Geneva, Swiss law was applicable. This lawyer stated that the federation was run through its own statutes according to the Swiss civil code. Postponing the elections was therefore illegal and contrary to the statutes since the general council had no right to contradict its own regulations. But since the Swiss civil code stipulated that any interested party should bring a case before the Swiss tribunals no later than 30 days afterwards and since no-one had done so, the decision of the general council was now valid.
* During the Moscow congress, Mr Rodil had undertaken not to stand against Mr Nortier. Afterwards, Count Lurani had been invited to stand by a certain number of FMNs. When he heard about this, Mr Nortier withdrew his candidacy. In the meantime, the RFME “in complete good faith” had put forward the name of Mr Rodil. The latter was at that time absent from Madrid and very busy with his own personal affairs and was “not aware that his name had been put forward”, until it was too late to withdraw it. However, from the moment when Mr Nortier was no longer a candidate there was no reason for Mr Rodil not to stand…
* The autumn congress was held at the Automobile Club de France from 23 to 30 October (a week later than planned due to the postponement of the conciliatory committee). Thirty two federations were represented including East Germany. A general council session took place on the first afternoon so that the conciliatory committee could present its report to delegates. Mr Zurn explained that the work had been completed and that the result was that no proof of dishonesty had been found. As far as the committee could see, the FIM affairs were managed with honesty and integrity.
* President Nortier explained that he was withdrawing. This decision had been difficult to take but he thought it was for the best. He added that two other people who ought to do the same, so that the space was clear for a new administration, were Messrs Cuguero and Barambon. The FIM should continue but he did not want to have the responsibility of president. Mr Cuguero felt himself obliged to respond by trying to justify his role in opposing the incumbent administration. Don Rodil claimed to be a victim of circumstances: his nomination had been put forward without his knowledge and he was now bound by the statutes.
* The following meeting began with a minute’s silence for the accidental death of Count Pachta-Rayhofen (former ISC member). Then the great moment had arrived. The president named Mr Lenfranc and Colonel Tavernier as returning officers together with the accountant Mr Shaw who had been invited from Geneva to attend the congress. The result was: Don Nicolas Rodil del Valle/16 votes; Count Giovanni Lurani Cernuschi/14 votes; invalid ballot papers: 2. President Nortier congratulated Don Rodil and invited him to take over the assembly. Don Rodil declined but asked to speak. He thanked those who had proved their trust by voting for him and also those who had voted for Count Lurani for their frankness. He was committed to working with everyone without distinction. Mr Vorster proposed that the council should appoint Mr Nortier honorary president for his work spanning nearly 40 years for the FIM. The suggestion was accepted with acclaim. Mr Cuguero had resigned as vice president and Mr Barambon announced his intention to stand down from the finance committee at the end of the 1965 (it remained an intention).
* The secretary general announced that Venezuela had settled its debts and the council accepted to re-admit it. During the last board session, Mr Rodil thanked the members for their confidence and mentioned a suggestion made by Mr Zurn which had already been made by the secretary general: the organisation of one annual congress instead of two.
* At the sporting commission, it was decided to organise a sub-committee to study the ways of limiting the number of events in the world championship. The organisation of the United States GP in Daytona was considered bad. Although grateful to the organisers for their continued interest in international motorcycling, the members of the CSI were of the opinion that it was wrong to maintain such an event on the classic calendar. Mr Burik pointed out that he had received a request from the MICUS to remove this event from the 1966 calendar. Then at the last CSI meeting, Count Lurani explained that it was time to elect a new commission president. He himself was not a candidate. He decided that after 20 years spent at the CSI, it was time for someone else to assume the responsibilities. So Mr Burik from the Netherlands was elected.
* Mr Vorster, the president of the permanent track racing sub-committee, explained that moto-ball would be encouraged by the FIM from 1966 onwards. According to reports, the sport was played in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, West Germany and USSR as well as Great Britain, Spain (sic), Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Japan. Poland and East Germany were making efforts to develop it. The existing structure, the International Union of Moto-ball Clubs would continue to organise events but under the aegis of the FIM (until the federation itself took over the organisation).
* A decision was finally reached on the motocross calendars: there would be 12 events for 250cc and 12 in 500cc from 1967 onwards (for a period of three years, subject to revision). It was suggested that a class of 501cc to 1000cc be tested over two years and to evaluate the results.
1966: One congress per year
* On 5 and 6 March 1966, an extraordinary meeting of the central board was called in the Geneva offices. The premises had been extended and modernised thanks to the special fund and the delegates were impressed. Criticisms concerning wasting money had already been forgotten…
* Those present at this meeting were: president Don Nicolas Rodil del Valle, vice presidents Emil Vorster, Victor Anstice, Baron Eric Von Essen, Michel Gravereaux, Oldrich Haken, Alfred Lenfranc and Dr Egbert von Frankenberg, the treasurer Paolo Colombo, commission presidents Henry Burik (CSI), Helmut Boensch (CTI) and Henri Stienlet (CITM) as well as the president of the finance committee, Michel Barambon (still there…)
* The president began with the proposal to only hold one congress per year, a proposal which had already obtained approval from the majority of the board members. From now on, this congress would be held in the autumn. Working meetings for the commissions would be held in the spring. They could prepare proposals which, except in an emergency, would come into effect 1 January of the following year after approval at the autumn congress by the general council.
* Don Rodil suggested that the general council should be held over two whole days at the congress and that all the meetings should have taken place before the social events started on the last two days so that all delegates could take part. The hiring of Mr Shaw the accountant as assistant to the secretary general was also accepted.
* The last point on the agenda once again concerned the MICUS. The situation had become difficult because the membership of this organisation made up of elements here and there was blocking any possibilities of an introduction to the one effective organisation in the United States and that was the AMA. The secretary general had to go to Japan and would therefore pass by the United States to discuss the situation.
* The Bellagio congress on the shores of Lake Como (Italy) was held from 8 to 13 May at the Hotel Villa Serbelloni. Thirty countries (out of 44 members) were represented at the general council. Once again the East German delegation was not there in spite of FIM lobbying of CONI, the Italian government and the Allied movement office in Berlin.
* The election of four vice presidents provided the following results: Mr Emil Vorster, Baron Eric Von Essen, and Mr Bogdan Matuszak (Poland) were elected for three years and Mr Fernand Zurn (who took the place of Mr Cuguero) for one year. A new member was accepted: the federation of San Marino. The decision to organise only one congress a year was accepted, with changes to the statutes and internal regulations needing ratification from the autumn congress. A change of membership was requested for South Africa since the AASA had taken over sporting activities from the South African RAC.
* The international sporting commission therefore had a new president, the Dutchman Burik, two vice presidents (Messrs Vorster and Tavernier) and a few new members: Messrs Kedrov (USSR), Tsugeno (Japan), Gullberg (Sweden), Bouvet (France), Lenfranc, Taylor, Smaus, Basch, Curli and Count Lurani, nicknamed Johnny, visibly very satisfied to have become just an ordinary commission member again. The organisation of trial schools, which had been going on for some time, continued in spite of the lack of special funding. There was talk of a side-car of up to 750cc for motocross. The motocross GPs were from now on no longer run over a certain distance, but over a certain time (thirty minutes plus two laps) to avoid any large variations of time according to the state of the track.
* Following an invitation from the PZM, the autumn congress took place in Warsaw (from 23 to 29 October). The president of the FIM laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier which had a profound impact on everyone present (particularly the Polish) mostly because Don Rodil was Spanish and at the time, the two countries did not have diplomatic relations. Thirty-three federations were represented at the general council which this time had simultaneous translation into French, English and German (in addition to Polish). Mr Rodil began by paying tribute to Mr Ragnar Gullberg, the Swedish CSI member who had died during the opening ceremony of the Six Days in Sweden (the FIM gold medal was awarded to him posthumously). An amendment to the statutes concerning associate members was accepted; it covered the division into two categories, commercial members (membership fee 1200 francs) and clubs and others (membership fee 750 francs).
* Don Rodil then took the floor and spoke about TV (already...), about TV rights to be more exact. The discussion was animated and the FMN delegates defended their organisers who according to them were in difficulty. They believed that the FIM was taking their TV rights away and leaving them with little else. Don Rodil repeated that it was purely a matter of establishing the Federation’s rights for the future.
* A request for re-admission had been received from Brazil and it was decided to accept it only after the directors who had been in their posts in 1954 were disqualified. The BMW Club was accepted as an associate member. Then Don Rodil mentioned expansion and the contacts he had had with industry during the Six Days: “The industry needs the FIM as much as the FIM needs the manufacturers”.
* At the CSI it was finally decided that the Henry Groutars Trial Challenge would become the “European Trial Championship”. The European mountain championship was still dormant. However the FIM 750 motocross trophy had been a fine success in spite of a certain lack of co-ordination between the various events.
1967: New Championships
* The first spring meetings (which were not yet called Geneva Meetings) took place from 16 to 19 March 1967. The issue of the statutes was raised, principally the reasons for excluding an FMN (debts, but also inactivity on a national level), the role of the finance commission and the composition of the CSI whose work had doubled over the last few years. But there was strong resistance to division; people were attached to the sub-commissions as a means for the CSI to keep control and its prerogatives. That would not last; Don Rodil was a patient man…
* They also spoke about FIM officials, timekeepers (believed to be superior to those of the FIA), and the need to have properly trained race directors and stewards. But how could this be done? Don Rodil slid into the discussion the fact that in Spain he had started a training school for officials and that it had been a great success.
* Extra-sporting advertising re-emerged through an offer from a drinks manufacturer. Things had moved on since the refusal five years ago and a sub-committee was given the task of investigating the matter. Relations with UNESCO following the sport and tourism seminar of the previous year had intensified. Moreover, the sponsorship of the FIM rally by this organisation was under consideration. The secretary general mentioned that an invitation had been received to take part in a seminar on tourism in Rome under the auspices of the Vatican (sic). It was decided that Mr Colombo would represent the FIM. As for the history of the federation, the secretary general explained that apart from a few exceptions, he had received absolutely nothing. It was clear that if there were to be a history of the FIM, he would have to write it himself and he did not have the time. The matter was adjourned.
* Vienna hosted the congress from 22 to 28 October. Thirty federations were represented at the general council. An important subject was a matter of finance and property. At the finance committee, among other things the problem of capital investments had been discussed in order to avoid depreciation and it had been suggested that the Federation buy a house for the FIM secretariat. This suggestion had already been made previously but the perspective of a mortgage had not seemed appropriate. The project had to be presented to the general council. After a long discussion, the initiative was adopted and a committee of three people would deal with the matter. Another suggestion was to increase the FMN yearly membership fees as well as international racing licences, with the increase partially recompensed by the free supply of an FIM directory.
* Four vice presidents were either elected or re-elected. Since there were four vacant posts (due to Mr Zurn’s resignation), Messrs Anstice and Haken were re-elected and Gérard Ladame (Switzerland) and Boris Tramm (USSR) were elected. Mr Curli announced his retirement from the CSI and received honorary status. Starting from zero, he had compiled all the world records set throughout the FIM’s history.
* A request for membership had been received from the Cuban motorcycle federation and was accepted by the council. The president explained that since 1 January there had been no secretary general anymore. Major Goode – who had resigned the previous year – was dividing his time between consultancy for the development of the FIM activities and his own business. Mr Shaw was currently responsible for the secretariat under the orders of the president and the treasurer. Mr Zurn informed the board that he was resigning with immediate effect due to lack of time. A discussion ensued on the subject of the FIM’s emblem. There was nothing in the archives concerning the origins of this emblem and a design submitted for approval of the members that year was accepted as the official logo. A meeting was held in London with the representatives from the FIA and an agreement was signed to replace that of 1937. The council accepted its ratification. It also agreed to authorise extra-sporting advertising according to the rules presented at the spring meetings.
* A meeting of the international Olympic sporting federations had been held at the beginning of the year in Lausanne (Switzerland) to which non-Olympic federations were also invited. This was in fact the founding of the AGFIS.
* The international sporting commission introduced several new ideas for 1968: the European individual championship “Two days of regularity”, as well as a European individual trial championship. The CSI decided to begin this 1968 championship on… 1 October 1967 so that the event in Oberiberg (Switzerland) could be included. It had been organised in line with the new regulations and had been very successful, with 30 foreign riders (including Sammy Miller) and five nations represented. The 1967 European Mountain Trophy, organised as a test, had been a great success. It was therefore proposed to continue with it in 1968 with one class only – 250cc – and five events, where the three best results would count for the trophy. The “Motocross 750cc trophy challenge” had not achieved the success that had been hoped, but it was decided to continue in 1968 and to review the situation during the next congress. The East German 500cc motocross results were cancelled due to irregularities. Finally Mr Magnusson gave a report on snowmobiles in Sweden with information circulating that an international federation for the discipline was being formed.
* Following a drop in interest for 50cc road races, the CTI proposed the following change to the technical regulations: one single cylinder and maximum six gears and a minimum weight of 60 kg. Changes for other classes were discussed at length, but the CSI thought it better to wait until the spring meetings.
* Mr Vorster announced that the organisers of the Olympic Games in Munich had contacted the OMK with a view to organising a motorcycling event during the summer games in that city. The subject was taken very seriously by the central board.
* The FIM 1967 rally took place in Moscow where more than 1000 participants had appeared from 16 national federations. Mr Henri Stienlet, president of the commission, had unfortunately been the victim of a serious accident during the trip and had lost a leg.
1968: The secretary runs off with the funds!
* The central board meetings were held in the rooms of the station buffet at Cornavin, Geneva on 30 March. The situation at the FIM secretariat was very complicated. The main subject was the disappearance of the accountant/secretary Mr Shaw after he had embezzled 30000 Swiss francs from the federation’s coffers. No accounts had been updated since 30 September 1967 which forced Mr Barambon to redo the whole of the accounts for 1967 up until 28 February 1968. (Mr Shaw had disappeared in January 1968). Don Rodil proposed that the central board should take matters in hand, in other words, act as secretary general as well as president.
* Apart from that, the three “commercial” associate members (Shell, BP and Castrol) had all resigned within the space of a week. The reasons given were economic difficulties and the obligation to reduce costs.
* At the sporting commission a new system of points was proposed by Mr Sensburg (German delegate), with 15 points for first, etc. On the technical side, Count Lurani proposed that apart from the 50cc machines with a single cylinder, the 125cc and 250cc machines should be limited to two cylinders, that a minimum weight should be set and that the engines should not exceed four cylinders (in the higher classes). The subject would be discussed again at the congress. The Yugoslav federation requested that the Adriatic GP should be included in the world championship calendar (since Japan had given up its GP for 1969).
* Several proposals were tabled concerning motocross including a system to divide the GPs between the FMNs for the years 69, 70 and 71. The length of each GP heat was set at 40 minutes plus two laps (and not 30 minutes). The problems posed by the word “trial” which in English covered both observed trial and regularity (reliability trial), were resolved in the following way: reliability trial for regularity events and observed trials (the word “enduro” only appeared in 1981).
* Talk at the technical commission was among other things about snowmobiles for which the Swedish delegate Mr Jauren had drawn up some draft regulations. He pointed out that 2800 scooters had been sold in his country the previous winter (while sales in Canada and the United States reached 190 000!)
* An extraordinary meeting of the central board took place on 27 July in Geneva. The first point on the agenda was the statutes and the principle of joint signature for managing FIM funds. Concerning the Shaw affair, a search mandate had been issued by the judge. It was also necessary to clarify the fact that apart from a cheque (payment by Sweden covered by Lloyd’s), which had effectively been cashed with Mr Shaw’s signature, the other transfer of funds had been made possible by Mr Colombo’s (the treasurer) signature. In fact Mr Shaw was in possession of blank withdrawal forms! Recent membership by the FIM of AGFIS, FIIG, and CIEPS was reviewed as well as the situation in Brazil, Colombia, Japan and the United States.
* The next meetings were in Madrid from 2 to 9 November with a very heavy agenda and no secretary general. On the other hand there was a new secretary (Mr Hartmann), an interpreter (Karl Gärtner) and a secretary (Miss Wolfgang). The sessions were held in the presence of delegates from 36 national federations.
* Don Rodil had reached the end of his mandate and the least that could be said was that it had been somewhat turbulent. He was unanimously re-elected FIM president. Two posts of vice president were to be filled: Messrs Lenfranc and A. Colombo (outgoing member of the ICT) were elected with acclaim.
* The modifications to the statutes (joint signature, collective responsibility, deposition of funds, etc.) were unanimously accepted. Elections were held within the Commissions. At the CSI, there were nine candidates for six posts. Incredibly enough Count Lurani was not re-elected! Don Rodil then suggested that Count Lurani should receive the title of honorary CSI president and that Mr Gérard Ladame should be named interim treasurer until the 1969 congress.
* The Confederaçao Brasileira de Motociclismo was admitted as a member.
* The contents of the sporting code were considered disastrous and Mr Curli, CSI honorary member, was charged with a complete revision. He had already drawn up a general format.
* The international sporting commission discussed new regulations for GPs for a long time (the 50cc class had already been modified). From 1970 onwards, for 125cc and 250cc a maximum of two cylinders and six gears and respective minimum weights of 75 and 100 kg would be set. Changes to the 350 and 500 class were postponed until the following year. A new system of points was also introduced for 1969 for the first ten in each GP (15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, etc.). In future, the regulation for the number of races counting for the championship would be half the number of races plus one (if an even number) and the number of races plus one, divided in two (if an odd number).
* The presidency of the CSI posed a problem. Mr Burik did not wish to stand again and since Count Lurani was no longer a member of the commission, no-one wanted to take his place. The non-election of Count Lurani was having consequences and the only solution was to postpone the election until spring 1969 which Mr Burik ended up accepting. The Madrid circuit of Jarama was too short according to the regulations but as an exception was accepted to host the Spanish GP in 1969 since Barcelona could not be used.
* In motocross the limited number of seven races counting for the world championships was abolished. It was confirmed that snowmobile races were developing very quickly in Canada and the USA with events on a large scale offering sizeable prizes in which top riders were competing (including Yvon Duhamel, Canadian champion 1967). In speedway a pairs championship was to be organised in 1969.
* There had been talk for some time now at the technical commission of noise limits and the differences between the demands in certain countries. It was decided to use the ISO method for tests and to prepare a test corresponding to the measurement 105 dB/A for 1969 with a view to applying it for 1970. But the problem was urgent with regards to the Six Days for both the crowd and the police preferred less noisy machines.
1969: A new secretariat
* The meetings in Geneva took place in March. It was the epilogue of the Shaw affair. He was arrested and taken to court on 17 December 1968 and condemned to a one year suspended sentence, the reimbursement of the embezzled funds, i.e. 23,540 Swiss francs exactly, plus 5% annual interest from 1 January 1968, and costs, as well as expulsion from Switzerland for five years and the transfer of 10% of his salary to the FIM.
* President Rodil proposed to introduce an annual photo competition open to all members. The regulation would be published during the autumn congress. The board then examined the possibility of purchasing a villa. It was decided to leave the responsibility of purchasing to Messrs Rodil, Vorster and Ladame. A commission to revise the statutes was formed by five national federations: Spain, France, Great Britain, Poland and the USSR.
* Mr Vorster submitted a report on his visit to Canada and the USA. He had visited the AMA accompanied by Mr and Mrs White (CMA). Twenty people worked there full time, there was a computer (sic) and the AMA had 100,000 members. It seemed clear to him that the AMA wanted to become a member of the FIM. The problem was that the current MICUS president, Mr Wes Cooley, did not seem disposed to consider it. To move things forward, it was enough for the AMA to submit its request for membership which had already been presented on 24 April 1964 and renewed on 4 October 1966, dating it after the Vienna congress (thus with the new statutes in force). Mr Vorster had also visited the Argentinian and Brazilian federations and explained that the name of “Panamerican” applied to both American continents and not only Latin America
* An AGFIS meeting had taken place during the month of April. The president suggested that Mr Ladame should be the FIM delegate. Then Don Rodil communicated that the vice president Victor Anstice had resigned with immediate effect. Concerning the CSI presidency, Mr Burik was not present in Geneva and Don Rodil suggested postponing the election until the autumn congress. Until then it would be the longest-serving vice president, Colonel Michel Tavernier, who would take charge. During this period, a commission to revise the statutes would meet and it was possible that there might be some changes. The president did not say so explicitly and was at pains to reassure the members of the CSI, but it was clear that huge reforms were on the way and that the CSI would soon be divided into several sporting commissions, which seemed logical.
* At the mixed sporting-technical meeting, Mr Boensch announced the proposal concerning the 350 and 500cc machines in order to maintain a maximum of four cylinders (six gears and minimum weight of 100 kg). For the 250cc machines, the minimum weight was lowered to 90 kg.
* The autumn congress took place in Yugoslavia for the first time, in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. The secretary for the session, Miss Wolfgang called out the federations present: 29 were represented by their delegate, five by proxy, making a total of 34 FMNs and 67 votes (Cuba, having recently joined, only had one vote). A discussion took place on the right to vote for federations behind in their payments, of which there were eight. The central board proposed not to take this into account and this was accepted as an exception – the next year there would be no derogation. Mr Nicolas Schmit (Luxembourg) was elected treasurer with 45 votes.
* Finally the president explained that he had gone ahead with the purchase of an apartment for the FIM secretariat at 26 avenue de Champel, in Geneva. The apartment was bigger than the one in rue Carteret and of a higher standing.
* Ecuador, represented by the Guayaquil Moto-Club, was accepted as a new member. The request from Puerto Rica (made by telephone, sic) was placed on hold…
* The problem between the AMA and the MICUS had been resolved, at least temporarily, through an agreement between the two clubs who had formed the United States Motorcycle Association (USMA) for 1970, each remaining independent in the hope of a definitive agreement for 1971.
* At the CSI, Colonel Tavernier was confirmed in this function for one year (the remainder of the mandate). In terms of the review of the GP 50cc class for 1969, the new formula was considered very positive, a view also shared by the manufacturers. The difference in points between the first five was minimal. It was decided to lower the minimum weight to 55 kg and to confirm regulations for 1971 for 125 (2 cylinders, 6 gears and 75 kg) and for 250 (2 cylinders, 6 gears and 90 kg). In motocross, the 750 individual cup was dropped through lack of interest. But it was planned to introduce a FIM Cup for Motocross Sidecar (also in 750cc). In track racing, the international pairs championship became a speedway pairs world championship from 1970 onwards.
Photos FIM Archives - Caption from top to bottom:
-1 Taveri, 1966
-2 Ago Woo Hail, 1967
-3 ISDT - Poland, 1967
-4 Motocross GP 500, 1968
-5 Paul Friedrichs - 500, 1968
-6 Briggs Mauger, 1969
-7 Dave Simmonds - Kawasaki 125, 1969
-8 Provini, 1969
-9 Saarinen - Puch 125, 1969
-10 Sylvain Goboers - 250, 1969