September 9, 2016

This fuzzy16mm movie frame of a sidecar race on a Berlin street was taken the day motorcycling made its first impression on me. My uncle took me to quite a few automobile races, but this was my first motorcycle race. I was around five years old, and was mesmerized by the sound and the speed. Prewar and postwar BMW, DKW, Zündapp, and NSUs were racing on the cobbled streets with little but the curb to direct their path. The postwar years in Europe were good times for motorcycle development. Despite the restraint of war, engineers visualized many concepts for when things would get back to normal. Vincent for one came out with quite a few new ideas, including the famous Series "B" Rapide...the World's Fastest Standard Motorcycle. Film by Ara Movsessian.

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