For the first time in the history of the European sand track championships, the finals were held in Germany.
For the first time in the history of the European sand track championships, the finals were held in Germany. The honour of being host to the annual event fell to Muhldorf, who have been stalwarts of the sport for many years in Germany.
Yes, 40,000 Muhldorf folk were delighted to get sand in their hair again at the weekend. This, to the outsider, is a sport with a comical side -- a positive self-inflicted punishment by those spectators who throng the track-side fences. For every circuit of the track heralds a miniature sandstorm. In the wake of the breakneck riders follows a swirling cloud of dust and sand. Spectators duck behind the fence, under newspapers and car rugs to escape -- even small, enthusiastic boys are forced to wink.
Winner of the championships, decided after several heats, was Josef Hofmeister, of Germany.