DIrt Bike Journal | TORSTEN HALLMAN’S 1963 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


Twenty-three year-old Torsten Hallman was the Husqvarna-mounted rider from Uppsala, north of Stockholm, who hit jackpot within the 14-round Grand Prix season in 1963. Eight outright victories and two runner-up outcomes secured him a second consecutive 250cc title. Hallman gained his second world championship crown following a strenuous yr, throughout which he raced full throttle from begin to end.

“The rider who succeeds in successful the yr’s first Grand Prix in Spain, is doomed to lose the title.” For a very long time, successful the opening GP of the yr had been a nasty omen. Had the Briton Dave Bickers been extra superstitious, he would in all probability had avoided taking the Grand Prix win on the opening spherical, held in Barcelona. Because it turned out Bickers was adopted by unhealthy luck within the following rounds, making him miss his alternative in 1963.

Torsten Hallman prevented this jinx by ending second general behind the Greeves-mounted Englishman. Hallman opened his season because the reigning world champion on Husqvarna, set on bringing dwelling a second title to Sweden. Within the pouring rain Torsten gained the second moto and 18,000 Spaniards cheered for him as he completed second on the rostrum.

In Italy, at Gallarate, the Swede wished to win. The circuit within the north of the nation had 15,000 spectators, who, regardless of the depressing climate, got here to look at the Swedes having a day of their very own. Virtually overwhelmingly the blue-and-yellow stripes dominated the day and Hallman was on prime type across the 2100-meter lap, which was coated 15 occasions in every of the 2 GP races. 14 factors and Hallman was on prime of the world on the finish of the month of March.

The subsequent Grand Prix was held in France and we have been now in the midst of April. In Pernes-les-Fontaines the world championship contenders met a hilly circuit, which was very quick and tight. Overtaking was tough, to not say nearly an unattainable stunt. 20’000 motocross-friendly individuals had gathered to see the GP riders make a touch for victory. Torsten was as soon as once more in championship form and took an awesome eight factors to his already secured 14, which gave him a giant lead within the standings after three rounds.

Payerne in Switzerland was one of many most interesting motocross tracks within the championship collection. The circuit is located within the French a part of the nation the place there’s at all times nice curiosity on this sport. The observe went alongside slopes of wine yards and there have been quite a few jumps, which broken frames and have been onerous on the machines. Torsten went on to win each motos after the hard-charging Czech rider Vlastimil Valek needed to retire as his machine was not sturdy sufficient. 30 world championship factors after 4 rounds for Hallman and Husqvarna.

The West-German observe at Bielstein was one of many extra technical circuits included within the 250cc championship. Hallman’s gearing was too excessive and he needed to rev his engine onerous to be able to keep aggressive. He bought away from the beginning badly in each the motos and needed to begin a sport of catch-up to be able to prevail. 15,000 spectators once more noticed a battle between Valek and Hallman, however the bodily form of the Tremendous-Swede ended the battle in his favor. Eight extra GP factors to Husqvarna and Sweden. Was Hallman going to clinch his second title already half-way by way of the 14-round season?

Two weeks after Germany the riders gathered in Luxembourg and it was now mid-Might. Within the village of Schisslange 20,000 individuals got here to look at a bewildered Swedish supremacy with three riders among the many prime 5. Hallman was on prime of the world as soon as once more and now appeared to have a subscription for the Grand Prix occasions this yr. After efficiently finishing the 16 laps on the 1900-meter circuit, Hallman had a safe distance to his opponents and now lead the 250cc champion with a margin of 30 factors forward of the Czech ValekHolland meant sand and within the sturdy dunes of the legendary Schijndel observe there was mud as the best enemy of motocross mankind. Arduous to see, however the discipline was off and this time Vlastimil Valek proved too sturdy for Hallman who completed the day in third place. 17,000 paying spectators noticed an attention-grabbing race, however needed to clear their gear/garments as they got here dwelling after an eventful day on the sandy observe.

At Scrubland Park in England, the Britons have been satisfied they’d be capable to beat their Swedish antagonists. In any case it was their dwelling turf… The observe right here was onerous, dry and really quick. Hallman got here away eighth in the beginning of the preliminary race, however quickly caught up with the leaders. Within the decisive moto, it was Hallman and Husqvarna all the best way from begin to end, which secured ever-winning Torsten yet one more Grand Prix victory. With 58 factors within the desk it could take a miracle for Valek to catch up through the remaining six occasions. Hallman had now gained six out of eight GPs through the 1963 season!

Within the weekend after Swedish midsummer the riders gathered within the northern a part of the nation within the city of Vännäs. On the “Pengafors” observe – 2 kilometres lengthy – 7’000 spectators got here to look at their idols carry out on dwelling floor. Hallman was the undisputed king and gained each races in entrance of a cheering crowd. Nobody had an opportunity towards the fast-forwarding Torsten whose solely problem got here from up-and-coming newcomer Arne Kring. After seven wins Hallman now had his second title within the bag.

Every week after Sweden the world championship contenders arrived in Finland and the observe of Ruuskesanta, a couple of miles exterior the capital of Helsinki. Round this sandy circuit, Hallman was as soon as once more unbeatable and secured his eighth Grand Prix win of the season. Nobody even got here shut to those incredible outcomes and Husqvarna proved but once more to be a winner within the aggressive 250cc class.

“Tavaritj” was the favorite phrase when the GP riders gathered exterior Moscow to battle for the Soviet Grand Prix. Right here Hallman crashed, which ruined his day. As a substitute, Valek and different Jap-block riders dominated the races and general winner Valek was blissful to see himself strolling the straight line in the direction of the runner-up place within the championship.

Within the following week it was time for the Polish GP and right here as soon as once more Hallman failed to attain. As a substitute Vlastimil Valek gained the occasion forward of the Soviet rider Igor Grigoriev, each on CZ machines.

One more Grand Prix behind the Iron curtain – subsequent it was the Czech GP, which was run exterior of the capital of Prague. House rider Vlastimil Valek was cheered on closely as he took his third Grand Prix in a row. Hallman completed as second rider dwelling and was after all hailed by the 50,000 enthusiastic crowd.

The season’s final GP was held in East Germany on the Apolda observe. Additionally right here a report crowd of 50,000 individuals got here to see their idols for the ultimate of the 1963 season. Torsten Hallman failed to attain however had already clinched his title with a most of 56 factors (as solely the seven greatest performances through the season have been counted for the championship). The Czech Karel Pilar gained forward of Igor Grigoriev.

Folks in these days typically requested why the Swedes dominated the game of motocross so overwhelmingly. “As a result of we love the game, and there’s no one who can take that feeling away from us in the intervening time,” commented Torsten Hallman.

Trues phrases from an actual world champion…

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