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Works of Art (continued)

The performer of Timur in the pre-war Soviet movie “Timur and his team” Shchipachev Lev (Liviy) Stepanovich (1926-2001) became neither a motor racer nor a film actor. After the war, he graduated from the Surikovsky School and became an artist.
But he didn’t forget about motorcycles.
One of his works is dedicated to the winter motocross in Kovrov on Shirinaya Gora.

source: Andrey Spitsyn

Leonid Konstantinovich Samsonov

Leonid Konstantinovich Samsonov.

He is from Moscow. USSR Master of Sports. National champion in SHKGM with sidecars in class 750 cm3, and winner in classes 500 and 350 cm3. Armed forces championship winner and medalist. He also performed in motocross.
As a sidecar driver, he performed in crews with Oleg Chesnokov and Valery Alfeev.

source: USSR Sportsbikes

“Strizh” experimental Dnepr roadracer

The photo shows experimental special sports motorcycle with a sidecar for SHKG (road racing) of the 750 cm³ class and a 5-speed gearbox, the gears of the secondary shaft of which were on roller bearings.

With the interchangeability of spare parts, there was a mess in the entire Soviet automotive industry, even the bolts on similar units were all of different diameters / threads

sources: Sergei Pashatsky, Mati Hiis, Oleg Poduzov, USSR Sportsbikes, oppozit.ru

The Trevor Colledge Award

Trevor Colledge was a great, great man. He was an active contributor to this site for many years, right up until his untimely death. His sense of humour was infectious!
Anyone who knew Trevor was forever-touched.
He reached out across the globe to all of us, and he will never be forgotten.

I was delighted to see this post by David Cox from the COC:

Hi everyone, Dent is coming up this weekend 6th until 8th May.
An additional prize is hopefully given, a plaque made from reycyled aluminium Soviet bike parts: This is one of the two awards to be given at the Dent Spring Rally. The first is for the furthest travelled outfit and the other is the ‘Trevor Colledge Award’ will be for the person who has most contributed to this Dent Rally.

The original idea came from Vince Briers who spent many years himself organising the Dent Rallies.
C.O.C. Dent

4th and 5th from right Trevor and son (Highest Pub)

I know our dear Catweazle travelled to Dent, as did Andrus from Estonia, all due to the connections with Trevor.

Rest in Peace, Great Man.

Historical Photos

One hundred and five years ago, Olimpiada Nikolaevna Zikeeva was born.
She lived and worked in Moscow. She was Master of Sports of the USSR.
Repeated record holder, champion and prize-winner of competitions in highway-ring, linear motorcycle racing and cross-country. Including on motorcycles with sidecars over 600 cm3 (pictured).
Since 1943, she trained motorcycle racers of the Labor Reserves.
Honored Coach of the RSFSR.
source: USSR Sportsbikes, Andrey Spitsyn, Serpukhov

MEANING IS NOT IN THE ETERNAL…
MEANING IS IN MOMENTS…
AMAZING, SPONTANEOUS, UNEXPECTED, JOYFUL, COZY, EFFECTIVE, WHEN THE HEART FALLS, YOKA AND BEAT FAST FAST ….
MOMENTS THAT YOU REMEMBER ALL LIFE..,
– Лина Гизатулина, Moldova

Arbalet Ukraine update April 2022

Dear customers,

Despite the war in our country, Arbalet-Ukraine has resumed work and is already delivering spare parts to Dnipro, MT, K750 and M72 motorcycles around the world. Welcome to our store!

Best regards
Arbalet-Ukraine team

Note; We are in no way connected to Arbalet Ukraine, other than being a happy customer many times in the past.
Posting this merely for your notice and attention.

Boris Ilyich Lebedev

Boris Ilyich Lebedev celebrated his birthday recently.
He is from the Moscow suburbs of Lyuberets.
Master of Sports in the USSR.
Motor racer of Soviet times, mechanic, trainer, organizer of competitions.
Three sons and three grandchildren – all are moto riders.

source: Andrey Spitsyn