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Anke-Eve Goldmann

The story of this remarkable woman, Anke-Eve Goldmann, must be preserved for history and never forgotten.

She was a teacher, journalist, designer and motorcycle racer. Anke-Eve Goldmann, was born 27 November 1930 in Germany (at the time of this writing her age is now 91 years and still  living in Germany). With a passion for motorcycling she became a 21st Century icon, 2 metres tall, strong, independent and beautiful, “a leather-clad goddess on two wheels”.

She was a trailblazing icon for women motorcyclists. She just wanted to ride. She entered an arrangement with the German garment manufacturer Harro to make her a custom one-piece leather riding suit for herself. She went on to launch her own range of custom Harro leatherwear and  accessories.

Anke-Eve Goldmann became known simply as “AEG’. She was drawn to the BMW marque in its golden years and was supported by the German  manufacturer.

Although AEG never had an official sponsorship with BMW,  the factory knew who she was, and supplied her with the first of their new models. It was reported she received the second R69 (R69S?) off the assembly line. She remained faithful to BMW until the early 1970s.

She competed in endurance and circuit racing at the Nurburgring and Hockenheim ring but being a woman, was barred from higher level competitions.

She wrote for motorcycle journals and magazines around the world, including Das Motorrad, Moto Revue and Cycle World among others. She wrote about her riding and racing experiences, European race reports etc.

She stunned the world with her article documenting Soviet Women’s sports motorcycle racing history of the 1950s/60s. It was incredulous for a West German woman to document Soviet motorsports in 1962, a defiant act as the Berlin Wall was being built. With Berlin the focal point of a possible nuclear war between superpowers, her article never appeared in any European magazine, only Cycle World in the USA published her article ”SOVIET ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR WOMEN” By Anke-Eve Goldmann, in its October 1962 edition.

She was a feminist before that label was popularized. The ridicule she experienced being shut out of racetracks because of her sex, for daring to be a woman on a fast motorcycle, able to handle herself and her machine better than many men, she was the first and only Western journalist to document Soviet women’s racing without the need to comment on the irony of women in the Soviet Union being free to race motorcycles in organized competition, whilst she in the “free” West was not.

In 1958 she helped found the Woman’s International Motorcycle Association in Europe.

Her last motorcycle was a MV Augusta.

She gave up motorcycling after the death of a close friend.

Goldmann was the inspiration for the main character “Rebecca” in the popular book The Motorcycle (1963) by her friend and author Andre Pieyre dr Mandiargues. The book was adapted for the 1968 film “The Girl on a Motorcycle” starring Marianne Faithfull.

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If you search for Anke-Eve Goldmann you will discover much more about “AEG”. Her fame will be eternal.

This article recompiled from the archives by JD for b-Cozz.com August 2022

Finnish GP 1968

Finnish GP 1968
Agostini MV Agusta (No. 1) and Kiisa S-565 Vostok-4 (No. 11).

It was…. in 1968 when Vostoks were next seen at international races in Finland with a 500cc “S-565″, which in its design resembled a 350cc model, while it had a more sturdy chassis and 3 valves were put into each cylinder (2 intake, 1 exhaust). Kiisa was leading in the race for the whole lap when Giacomo Agostini took over and Kiisa came off track interrupted.

Eyewitness account: “I was at the Finnish GP in 1968, and saw and heard! the Vostok. It made tremendous noise and was fast. If it had been piloted by a top-notch rider, Ago would have been pressed hard”. – pkr2000dk

sources: USSR Sportsbikes, Ants Kikerpuu, bCozz archives

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

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,

Historical Photos

Valery Chkalov, chief judge of the 1937 USSR motorsport championship.
From right to left: Ivanenko and Zhdanov (Moscow), A. Krasovsky (Minsk).
September 1937.
41st kilometer of Zhitomir highway, Kiev, Ukrainian SSR.
Photographer Dovgyallo.
source: Andrey Spitsyn

Confirmation by Andrey Myatiev:
Championship of the USSR in 1937. The first on the right (gestures) is the Moscow racer Ivanenko. Next to him is also a Muscovite Zhdanov.
P.S. The author of the photo is photographer Dovgyallo.