A Russian motorcycle racer in 1913 took part in the most difficult Tourist Trophy race in the world.

His name was Boris Mikhailovich Kremlev. He was the undoubted leader in the formation of the first “motor section” of the Moscow Circle of Skaters and Cyclists – Amateurs (MKKiV-L).

Boris Mikhailovich received an offer that he had never dreamed of – to take part in the 1913 international Tourist Trophy race in Scotland, on the Isle of Man, riding for the Rudge-Whitworth team, the most prestigious race in the world, One of the most experienced motor sportsmen in Russia, Boris Kremlev accepted the offer and went with the factory racers to Scotland.

Boris Mikhailovich was provided with the newest Rudge Multi with a 3.5 hp engine.

Boris Kremlev left interesting memories of his trip to England, published at the end of 1913 in the “MKKiV-L Yearbook”, which is in the Velomuseum collection, where he very accurately and with humor described all the vicissitudes of training and the race itself.

In practice for the race Boris recounts “I hit the stone wall of the bridge with terrible force. The first impression upon impact was as if all my insides were torn or torn off, my breath completely stopped, and I, getting out from the wreckage of the motorcycle, I gasped for two minutes with my mouth, air stubbornly refusing to go into my lungs. To top it off, I got severe pains in my stomach, so I could neither sit up nor lie down. I still somehow pulled the motorcycle aside, as it posed a great danger to other riders. The motorcycle was twisted to a glossy finish: both wheels were completely crumpled, the frame arched, and the top of the cylinder was hanging from a magneto wire,

After recovering, on the third day after the accident, Boris Kremlev received a new Rudge motorcycle and continued training. Despite the complete lack of experience in mountain racing, the Russian motorcyclist in a short time became one of the strongest athletes in the team and was highly respected for his courage and strong-willed qualities.

In those years, the Tourist Trophy was the most difficult and prestigious motorcycle race in the world, although the statistics of accidents terrified anyone. On the first day, 162 athletes started in two categories. After the first round there were 111 left, after the second – 91 and after the third – 79. 83 people were eliminated. On the second day of the race, 79 people started, after the first lap there were 40 left, after the second – 35, after the third – 31, and only 17 drivers finished. Three motorcyclists were killed, and both city hospitals were filled with mutilated competitors. The Russian stayed in the hospital for 6 days, after which he went on crutches, accompanied by friends from the Rudge motorcycle team, to watch the track races in Brookland.

Returning to his homeland with a new Rudge motorcycle, Boris Kremlev took part in the First Russian “Motorcycle Olympics”. The competitions were held in Kiev in August 1913 and were an outstanding event in terms of their importance for Russian sports! The program of the Games included road motorcycle races of 267 kilometers along the route Kiev – Chernigov – Kiev.

The success was also influenced by the unsurpassed quality of all parts and the assembly itself, provided by the Rudge-Whitworth plant, which stood at the very beginning of the production of bicycles and motorcycles. As a result, the Rudge Multi from 1911 to 1920 was considered one of the most advanced all-round racing bikes in the world.

Andrey Myatiev
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Motorcycles, Irwin Tragatsch

Our 20th anniversary!

I started the first version of this site on 02.02.2002, so on 02.02.2022 it’s our 20th anniversary, thanks to Cat for keeping the site alive, this is version 3.0. This site has bought so many people around the world together and made so many lifelong friendships, even helped the global economy (in a very small way).

It reminds me of the kind words Aneta posted 10 years ago:

“I want to congratulate you on the 10th anniversary, you have done a great, great job. You’ve made it possible for so many people to connect. And to exchange information, advice, experience, sometimes emotion too. You’ve created a wonderful place here, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Cheers”… Aneta Mrazek KOLYASKA Poland.

Some of you have been with us along the entire journey, and we’re still here!

Cheers and proost everyone!


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Yuri Chekranov – Speedway Champion

Yuri Chekranov (Rus. Юри Чекранов)

In the 1960s of the twentieth century, this name was known to every inhabitant of Bashkiria, to all motor sports fans of the Soviet Union and speedway fans around the world. The English magazine “Speedway Star” included him in the top twenty strongest racers in the world in 1964 (image above). Yuri Chekranov was a member of the USSR national speedway team, which won silver medals at the World Speedway Championship in 1964 and 1966. In 1963, shortly before his 20th birthday (born October 31, 1943) Chekranov became the champion of the RSFSR in speedway, and a year later – the champion of the USSR in speedway in team races as part of the Ufa “Bashkiria”. Then he repeated this result together with his teammates three more times – in 1967, 1968 and 1969, and won his fifth gold medal with Bashkiria 10 years later as the head coach of the legendary team.

However, the greatest fame came to Yuri Chekranov in ice racing. In 1966, he began with a bronze medal at the Russian championship, and then won such a convincing victory in the final of the USSR championship that few had any doubts about his victory in the first world championship. His name thundered on the ice.

In 1967, at the final of the USSR championship in ice racing, he broke his spine.

In 1973, Yuri Chekranov just by chance found himself among the participants in the quarterfinals of the Russian championship in Salavat, he got a place as a substitute, left in only two races, which he won, and got into the semifinals as a substitute. Then, in a similar way, got to the final and again won the gold medal of the champion of the RSFSR!

At the end of his active sports activity in track motorcycle racing, Yuri Chekranov was engaged in auto racing for some time, participated in rallies and races on the highway behind the wheel of a Moskvich-412, prepared in the road test laboratory of the Ufa Engine Building Plant, led the work of a motorcycle circle in the Ufa Palace of Pioneers, returned to speedway as the head coach of Bashkiria, left for Minsk, where he also worked as a speedway coach.

His pupil and son Kirill Chekranov was close to winning the Russian youth speedway championship, but eventually chose motocross, representing Belarus at the European Championships.

In 2017, the five-time world speedway champion Ove Fundin visited Ufa, and was sincerely glad to meet Yuri Chekranov, with whom he had fought in the finals of the World Championship and in friendly matches on the tracks of Sweden and England half a century before.

Yuri Andreevich Chekranov was “the last of the Mohicans” of the golden age of Bashkir motorsport. He passed away 16 December 2021 in Ufa.

Ufa (Russian: Уфа́; Bashkir: Өфө) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Bashkortostan in Russia.

source: Nikolay Ermolenko

translated from Russian and Tartar

Sergei Kuzmich Scherbinin

Sergei Kuzmich Scherbinin (born. December 15, 1950, Irbit, Sverdlovsk region) – Soviet and Russian athlete and motorsport coach. Honored coach of Russia, Master of Sports of the USSR of international class, Honorary citizen of the city of Irbit[1]. Eleven-time champion of motorcycles of the USSR and Russia on motorcycles with sidecar. Participant of European World Championships and international competitions. The Organizer and the Trainer.
Photo of Scherbinin taken at Irbit State Motorcycle Museum. Passenger unnamed.
source: Vadim Suvorov

Vladimir Ivanovich Karneev

Motorsport Award certificate of the legendary Vladimir Ivanovich Karneev. August 14, 1939. Vladimir Karneev will become the Absolute Champion of the USSR in Motocross in 1945. From his personal archives.
The legendary Father of the USSR speedway – Vladimir Ivanovich Karneev. Remember this name. You will find more elsewhere in these pages.
source: Inga Frolova,