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FLORIAN CAMATHIAS AND THE "CAMATHIAS CUP"
 

 Florian (Flo) Camathias, born on the 23 March 1924 in Wittenbach (San Gallo) and being a 'natural born fighter', he didn't know the word 'impossible', he was  one of the best sidecar drivers of his day, if not ever.

 Florian raced solo BMW's with considerable succes in the 40's and early 50's, in 1953 he switched to sidecars.

 He won serveral grand prix but never the World Championship.

 1954 saw him driving for Gilera, winning in Barcelona and finishing seventh in the World Championship. The following year he was back with BMW, taking the chequered flag at the Grand Prix of France and winning the Swiss Championship.

 

 

 

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 The likable Swiss took fifth place in the World Sidecar Championship in 1956.

 1958 saw him take his first Grand Prix victory at Assen. With passenger Hilmar Cecco in the chair, he also managed runner-up position in the sidecar Championshipm of Great Britain. Repeating the achievements in 1959, he was Swiss and British Champion in 1960 and once again finished fifth in the World Championship.

 1963 saw him win his one and only TT - one of his proudest moments.

 One of his most published feats however was when going to the TT, his transport broke down. Florian unloaded his race outfit and drove to the Liverpool ferry going through the Mercey Tunnel on the way !!!

 1964 saw Florian back campaigning with a four cylinder Gilera engined outfit, with mixed succes. Typical of his sportmanship, Florian lent his BMW outfit to Colin Seeley for the season.

 It was back to his 'favoured' BMW power unit in 1965 winning the French Grand Prix again.

 Florian Camathias died tragically during a race at Brands Hatch on 10th October 1965.

 

 A personal note from Dick Hawes.

 "I was lucky to be in the paddock at the Brands Hatch International meeting in October 1965 and helped to push start him for his last race. He crashed and lost his life at Clearways when his forks broke"

 By way of honouring his name, madam Camathias was approached (in her nursing home in Italy) before our series was instigated and was touched that her late husband was so well regarded and remembered. Sadly Madam Camathias passed away in 2016.

 We are therefore proud to present to you, European Classic Sidecar races under the flag of the 'CAMATHIAS CUP'.

 Yours in sport

 Dick Hawes

 Camathias cup founder

 

 

Used by permission, Joel Camathias www.joelcamathias.com

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