Anke-Eve Goldmann – moto racer and journalist

Anke-Eve Goldmann (born 27 November 1930 in Berlin) is a former German motorcycle racer and motorcycle journalist

Anke-Eve Goldmann grew up in Berlin . During World War II, her family moved near Dortmund because of the bombing and the consequent lack of housing . After the war, she took a job there as a German teacher at a US Air Force school. She spoke good English with an American accent. In 1953 she became enthusiastic about motorcycling and bought herself a BMW R67/3 but then exchanged it in 1955, for what is probably the second BMW R69 ever built. Later she lived in Wiesbaden.

From the mid-1950s, “AEG”, as she was nicknamed, devoted herself entirely to the sporty aspect of motorcycling. She drove endurance and circuit races at the Nürburgring and the Hockenheimring, also in Great Britain.

In 1958 she was a co-founder of the Women’s International Motorcycle Association in Europe.

She had no official sponsorship with BMW but was apparently supplied with machines and material by the manufacturer. She acted as a brand ambassador. This connection lasted until the early 1970s. However, due to the negative attitude towards women in motorsport at the time, she was denied bigger opportunities.

The German manufacturer Harro made one of the first one-piece leather suits based on her design. The cut was very body-hugging and offered little wind resistance. Harro also apparently produced her heavy winter gear, kidney belts, and other accessories, which she was often photographed wearing. They were probably unique, as no other woman wore such gear in the 1950s and very few riders even rode their bikes in the snow.

When BMW introduced the R75/5 in 1970 , Goldmann bought one of the first. She thought the bike was ugly and called it a “hyena”. Later that year she bought an MV Agusta 750 Sport. She was perhaps the only woman to buy such a machine new. She was enthusiastic about handling, performance, sound and impressive good looks. In 1973 she acquired an MV 750 Super Sport in full racing version. Her height of almost 2 meters, perhaps gave her the opportunity to master the then very large racing machines so well.

She gave up motorcycling after the fatal accident of a close friend (mid-1970s).

Anke-Eve Goldmann found greater social (and motorsport) acceptance in journalism when she began writing for motorcycle magazines around the world, including Cycle World, Moto Revue and Motorrad . She reported on her own racing experiences as well as on general racing events in Europe.

Her article about a chapter in Soviet sports history that is almost forgotten today caused a sensation: the motorcycle racing series for women in the 1950s and 1960s. It was a “shockingly defiant act” for a West German journalist to document Soviet motorsport in 1962 during the construction of the Berlin Wall . As a result, this article never appeared in a European magazine, only Cycle World in the US publishing the story just as Cold War tensions were rising dramatically and Berlin threatened to become the focal point of a possible nuclear war between the superpowers.

Anke-Eve Goldmann was an enthusiastic fan of the winter “elephant meetings” (Elefantentreffen).

The film Girl on a Motorcycle, alternatively titled Naked Under Leather, starring Marianne Faithfull and Alain Delon, was considered a scandal at the time. Goldmann did not agree with this project, as photographs of her in a racing suit subsequently spread more and more in the leather fetish scene, which she perceived as pornography. That’s why she gradually withdrew from the public eye.

Remember her name! Anke-Eve Goldmann

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