1930s Puch two-stroke wins top award
Battered Puch two-stroke takes top award at posh Italian concours shock!
History and patina landed the Best in Show Trophy for a Puch twostroke at this year’s Concorso d’eleganza Villa d’este in Italy. The 250cc split single was ridden overland from Austria to India in 1933 by globetrotter Max Reisch, with Herbert Tichy on the pillion.
“It has been kept by the family, just as it was after its 1930s travels,” explained Valentin Wecht, a friend of Max Reisch’s son Peter who presented the bike in Italy. A running machine, the little Puch has an extended fuel tank and extra oil storage for the throttle-controlled lubrication system, improvised luggage capacity and still carries its temporary Indian registration plate.
Held in verdant surroundings beside Lake Como, the sun-blessed concours had five themed classes. They were 1920s Dreams & Adventures for 1920s-1930s world travel and long-distance models; The Alternatives, scooters of the 1950s not from big-selling makes; 1960s Japanese street scramblers; 1970s Japanese framed in Europe; and recent design Concepts from manufacturers. A 1967 305cc Yamaha twin topped the street scramblers. The Us-only model was painstakingly restored by German specialist and book author Peter Abelmann, who preserved original frame paint and high-level silencers. Judged best in the 1970s class was a Bimota from the company’s early days with Honda’s CB750 engine, from the Zappieri Collection in Italy, which also displayed 12 pretty Italian sport 50s of the 1960s and 1970s.
Winner of the overall public vote trophy, as well as being judged best in the Concept class, was the Ducati Scrambler-based Cafe Racer, prototyped by Audi Design Konzept with Ducati Design.
The event, concurrent with the prestigious Villa d’este car concours, is sponsored by BMW Group Classic, who used the occasion to unveil Concept Link, an electric scooter prototype. Concours classes for 2018 will be announced in September, when entries for selection can be made at concorsodeleganzavilladeste.com An RM Sotheby’s auction at the same location sold motorcycles alongside cars. They included an MV 750S at £89,760, a 1937 Zundapp flat four at £25,475 and a 1962 650cc BSA Scrambler at £13,250. One of five Brough Superiors in the sale was sold on the day – a 1938 SS80 De Luxe that fetched £103,120. (All prices converted from Euros).
‘IN VERDANT SURROUNDINGS BESIDE LAKE COMO, THE SUN-BLESSED CONCOURS HAD FIVE THEMED CLASSES’
ABOVE: Classic two and four-wheelers share the chic lakeside location at Villa d’este