1930s Puch two-stroke wins top award

Bat­tered Puch two-stroke takes top award at posh Ital­ian concours shock!

Classic Bike (UK) - - Contents - BY MICK DUCK­WORTH

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

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