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1938 - Repeat Victory for Buysse

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Albert BUYSSE rides his Claud Butler around Wembley while taking a snack

From 1 to 7-May-1938

Pre-race report -
“SIX-DAYS' bicycle racing will commence at Wembley, England, in the first week in May. Entertaining as it is, extraordinary perhaps, it is probably one of the toughest sports being carried on in the world today. To cycle round and round, day and night for six days, with sprints every now and then, needs a brave, tough rider, and particularly one with iron nerves.
According to English comment Albert Buysse, the 26-year-old Belgian, is the ideal type for this sport. He has a ready smile, and always convinces people that he is enjoying every minute of the race. He has been booked for Wembley. Buysse is something like a boxer in build, weighs over 12 stone, is powerful and full of high spirits. Here is one tale told about Buysse, that proves him a rider of extraordinary speed and endurance: "After watching Buysse at the last Wembley race, I have often wondered what might be his limit in speed. For after four days' riding he turned out during one of the "neutrality" periods and had a standing-start match race of one mile with Diot, the Frenchman. Buysse won in 1min. 58sec a remarkable time considering that the best outdoor mile stands at 2min. 1 4/5sec., and, that the Wembley track is 10 laps to the mile, with four 'corners' to be negotiated each time round."
Credit: Western Mail (Perth, WA) 14-Apr-1938

Comments about the 1938 race made in the 1951 race programme - “In 1938, the next race at Wembley, Albert Buysse was again successful, this time partnered by a fellow countryman, Albert Billiet. This pair became one of the leading teams in Europe and ever since the war. Buysse, whose father had been a great "six" rider before him, has made his mark in the cycling world. Partnered by Thyssen, he was placed 5th in the 1950 race at the Vel d'Hiv in Paris, only four laps behind the winners.”

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Karel KAERS poses with his Rudge-Whitworth at Wembley in 1938 or 1939

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Points

1. Albert BUYSSE

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Albert BILLIET

 

1240

2. Kees PELLENAARS

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Frans SLAATS

 

822

3. Cor WALS

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Piet van KEMPEN

at 1 lap

1379

4. Emile DIOT

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Emile IGNAT

 

812

5. Joe BUCKLEY

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Karel KAERS

at 2 laps

841

6. Alvaro GIORGETTI

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Cesare MORETTI

 

145

7. Marcel GUIMBRETIERE

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Michel PECQUEUX

at 3 laps

622

8. Henry O’BRIEN

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Jerry RODMAN

 

384

9. Erland CHRISTENSEN

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Bjorn STIELER

at 4 laps

857

10. Karl GOEBEL

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Hans ZIMS

at 8 laps

392

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Albert BUYSSE  and Albert BILLIET even got onto a British cigarette card

Note: a different report gives Goebel-Zims as 7th - following the retirement of the teams shown above as 7th, 8th and 9th.

Known retirements were - Roger DENEEF - Robert NAEYE, George RONSSE and Maurice DEPAUW

1938 Jerseys... | 1938 Rider Details... | 1938 Programme...

 

Facts about these races are lacking - and even the limited info is sometimes contradictory.

Does anyone have any original records or press reports?

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