40 years after winning a Production TT: Helmut Dähne does a path of honour on a Isle of Man.

Posted on 29. Aug, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Munich. After a Tourist Trophy (TT) races in June,
a Isle of Man in a Irish Sea will once again be a centre of
courtesy for motorcycle fans from all over a universe adult until
30 August 2016. The Classic TT not usually celebrates new victories
though also a many fantastic accomplishments of a past. At this
year’s meet-up of dual circle legends, BMW Group Classic particularly
recalls a year 1976. This was when Helmut Dähne and Hans Otto
Butenuth won a 1000 cubic centimetre difficulty of a Production TT on a
BMW R 90 S. Since then, Dähne and his teammate Butenuth – who passed
divided in 1997 – have belonged to a disdainful organisation of riders means to
enter their names in a winners’ list of a oldest many demanding
and also many dangerous motorcycle highway competition in a world. The now
71-year-old Dähne earnings to a stage of his good delight during the
2016 Classic TT. 40 years after his victory, he will once again ride
his strange BMW racer around a Isle of Man – this time by approach of a
path of honour, not as discerning as in 1976 though positively to a applause
of anxious spectators once again.

Dähne’s anniversary float on Monday, 29 August 2016, will be the
prominence of a BMW Group Classic’s coming during a Tourist Trophy
paddock subsequent to a grandstand in a island collateral of Douglas and at
a festival on a airfield in Jurby. In a vast arrangement area, motor
racing fans will be means to see not only a winning fighter motorcycle
of 1976 though also countless other BMW racing bikes with a TT history.
The preference ranges from a BMW R 5 SS from a year 1937 and a
BMW R 51 of 1939 to a BMW RS 54, that was designed as a racing
appurtenance in 1954 and already reached tip speeds of over 200 km/h. The
stream indication module is represented with a dual latest new
additions, a BMW R nineT Scrambler and a BMW G 310 R.

Helmut Dähne – motorcycle racer, tyre expert, record holder.

At a special muster in honour of Helmut Dähne, there will also be
a arrangement of countless trophies, chronological cinema and other
memorabilia from his considerable racing career. Born in Bavaria, Dähne
was active in engine racing for some-more than 40 years. At a age of 17 he
took partial in his initial slalom race, and he went on to enter motocross
competitions shortly afterwards. Dähne achieved his initial success in a
highway competition in 1968. After this he won 15 German championship titles in
sequence prolongation motorcycle racing. All in all Helmut Dähne ran a
sum of 383 races, of that he won 131, before finishing his career
in 2006. One sold attainment that ensured Dähne a place in a history
of motorcycle racing was his record run on a Nürburgring
Nordschleife. In 1993 he finished a circuit in 7:49.71 minutes:
this glorious time can no longer be softened on as a lane has
given been modernised, so Dähne’s motorcycle path record is “eternal”.

Helmut Dähne started his career by training as a engine automechanic with
BMW. In a company’s motorcycle racing dialect he was then
endangered in a upkeep and correct of a mythological straight shaft
engines for patron racing. In addition, he specialised in
trustworthiness contrast and during a commencement of a 1970s grown racing
machines formed on a BMW R75/5. In 1972 Dähne rode this form of
motorcycle in a 200-mile competition in Imola, Italy. The gifted mechanic
was also discerning to get reason of a BMW R 90 S launched in 1973 – the
brand’s initial superbike. With full trim, stub handlebars, incited back
footrests, a brief burst chair and a fighter engine with a output
increasing by 9 hp to 76 hp, his appurtenance reached speeds of good over
200 km/h. After this, Dähne captivated courtesy during countless races with
his glorious roving character and discerning path times – and his red leather
racing fit with white stripes became a distinguished trademark, too.

Dähne remained true to a absolute BMW fighter motorcycles when he
altered to tyre manufacturer Metzeler in 1974 to work in racing. Here he
modernized a growth of tyres for discerning highway bikes and serial
prolongation racing. Dähne was both a exam supplement and a racer, and this
was how he came to be endangered in a Tourist Trophy, that he first
entered in 1972. Up until 1994 Helmut Dähne entered a sum of
26 Tourist Trophy races, including several in a same year on some
occasions. He became a TT fable when he cumulative attainment in 1976, only
narrowly unwell to repeat his delight in 1984 and 1986, when he
finished second.

The Tourist Trophy – a biggest plea in motorcycle road
racing given 1907.

“The Tourist Trophy is in no approach allied to a required competition on
a permanent track,” says Helmut Dähne. The 60.725-kilometre Snaefell
Mountain Course consists of cordoned-off nation roads – with front
gardens instead of sand beds and curbs instead of reserve fences at
a side. The motorcyclists speed by towns and villages, passing
fields and meadows and roving adult and downhill by timberland and
coastal landscapes.

The initial motorcycle competition was hold on a Isle of Man as prolonged ago as
1907: a strange track was only 25 kilometres long, to be covered
10 times. The Snaefell Mountain Course has been in use by motorcycle
racers ever given 1911 and stays so to this day. While a track has
stayed a same, a regulations and categories have altered over the
decades. The Production TT difficulty with a several cubic capacity
classes is now no longer partial of a program, for example. In addition
to a sidecar contests, a highlights of a eventuality currently are the
Superbike TT, a Superstock TT and a Senior TT for solo riders.

The regulation for success in 1976: discerning and mad with brief
fuelling stops.

With a imagination acquired during a Nürburgring and a knowledge
gained from his 5 prior entries in TT races, Helmut Dähne
already had endless knowledge of long-distance racing when he set
off for a Isle of Man once again during a finish of May 1976. His BMW R
90 SS sporting a customary Daytona Orange finish also seemed
excellently prepared – roughly 30 kilograms lighter than a road
version, propitious with softer springs and featuring various
modifications to a engine. He was also corroborated by a clever group made
adult of automechanic Helmut Bucher and a second supplement Hans Otto Butenuth.
The latter was from Dortmund and also had a resources of knowledge in
motorcycle racing. The fact that he was informed with both a BMW and
a island competition march serve competent him for a purpose of co-rider.
“I knew Hans Otto was a right male for a job,” says Dähne.

Butenuth immediately put in an exquisite training path on a BMW R
90 S. Meanwhile Dähne was confronted with technical difficulties. The
intake plural bolted onto a right-hand cylinder came loose. This
problem was solved with a two-component adhesive. Not prolonged after this
an whole engine renovate was required: here a contingent assimilated army to
understanding with a reversal by wise a surrogate energy section they had
brought along with them. The intake plural again valid unstable, so
additional work was finished to henceforth discharge a problem with a
stretchable carburettor ascent bracket: this time a organisation believed
they had finally overcome all obstacles. “We were a fastest in
training,” pronounced Dähne, “so we suspicion we had a good possibility of winning
a competition itself.” But thereafter a sleet set in. The start was postponed
several times, that was good for a BMW group given Dähne’s new
employer did not have sleet tyres in a module during a time.

When a competition finally got underneath way, a continue conditions were
ideal. The racers now faced 10 laps covering a sum of some-more than 600
kilometres on a Snaefell Mountain Course. Dähne took a lead right
away. His BMW R 90 S was as discerning as he had hoped, clearly outrunning
many competitors on a countless bends of a island march in
particular. After 3 laps it was time for a initial fuelling stop
and supplement changeover. Here a BMW group was means to play another
joker. The contingent had grown a really possess fast-filling complement which
significantly accelerated a fuelling process. Dähne arrived in the
pits 30 seconds behind, Butenuth rejoined a competition with a ten-second
lead. The dual other stopovers also went really smoothly, so a two
riders were unstoppable. They finished a Production TT competition as
winners of a 1000 cubic centimetre difficulty and fifth in a overall
ratings. “The fact that Rolf Steinhausen and Josef Huber also won the
500 cc sidecar difficulty during a 1976 TT ideally dull off a success
as distant as BMW was concerned,” says Helmut Dähne today.

BMW and a Tourist Trophy: a success story began with
“Schorsch” Meier.

By winning a Production TT in 1976, Dähne and Butenuth were the
initial BMW solo riders to successfully follow in a footsteps of Georg
Meier. It was in 1939 that Meier became a initial non-British supplement to
win a pretension during a Tourist Trophy. “Schorsch” won a Senior TT on the
Isle of Man roving a BMW racing appurtenance with a 500 cubic centimetre
fighter engine, a straight missile and compressor charging; it constructed an
outlay of 60 hp and reached a tip speed of over 220 km/h. British
supplement Jock West finished second, securing a ideal attainment for BMW.

After this, BMW was especially successful in sidecar racing, also in the
Tourist Trophy. From 1955 to 1976, 28 racing victories went to
sidecars powered by BMW engines. But another 37 years were to pass
before a BMW group won a subsequent solo attainment with Helmut Dähne. And
it was to be another dual decades before BMW tasted attainment on a Isle
of Man once more. In 1997, 1998 and 1999, British supplement Dave Morris
won 3 times in a quarrel in a Singles TT roving a motorcycle
grown by Chrysalis Racing Team and powered by a single-cylinder
engine of a BMW F 650.

Another 15 years later, Northern Ireland’s Michael Dunlop started his
winning strain during a many famous of motorcycle races on his BMW S
1000 RR. In Jun 2014, accurately 75 years after Georg Meier’s legendary
win, Dunlop crowned a glorious opening on a 4-cylinder BMW
superbike by clinching a Tourist Trophy triple. He finished initial in
a Superstock TT, a Superbike TT and a Senior TT. And a BMW S
1000 RR dominated a 1000 cubic centimetre difficulty in a really latest
Tourist Trophy, too. Michael Dunlop won a Superbike TT, while the
UK’s Ian Hutchinson cumulative initial place in a Superstock TT. What is
more, a dual BMW riders won a double attainment in a Senior TT, with
Dunlop in initial place and Hutchinson finishing second. On this
arise Dunlop also finished a fastest path ever run on the
Snaefell Mountain Course when he trafficked during an normal speed of 215.6 km/h.



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