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Competitor Profile: Helmut Fath

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Helmut Fath’s TT career was in two parts, 1958-1960 and 1967-1969. In both ‘parts’ he also managed to clinch a Sidecar World Championship. Fath together with passenger Alfred Wohlgemuth first competed on the Clypse Course in the Sidecar TT of 1958, retiring their BMW outfit during the 10-lap race. The following year the German pairing brought their outfit home in 4th place and collecting their first silver replicas. The Sidecar TT returned to the Mountain Course in 1960 – the first time since 1925 and whilst it was expected to be a BMW benefit the speculation regarding the winning crew created the interest. The 3-lap race concluded in Helmut & Alfred’s favour with a winning race speed of 84.10 mph and a fastest lap of 85.79mph. By winning a further three Grands Prix of the five that counted towards the 1960 world championship they were crowned three-wheel champions. A serious accident at Nurburgring in 1961 brought an end to a promising career. Wohlgemuth was killed and Fath many months in hospital and convalescing before eventually to racing in 1967 on an outfit which he designed and constructed himself. Returning to the Isle of Man in 1967 with Wolfgang Kallaugh as passenger, like Helmut’s debut in 1958, the pair retired from the race. The pair was to return in 1968 and 1969 taking 4th place in ’68 and in their final outing a well-deserved 3rd podium place. Along the way Helmut and Wolfgang with the unique URS outfit took the world championship in 1968, finishing runners-up in ’69.

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