1956 and 1957 were years in which contol line speed competition in Europe on a truly international scale developed. Scarcely more than a decade after the devastation of World War II
1957 - FAI rule changes affected 2.5 cc speed.
1957 - The VIII Criterium had a modest turnout but speeds were high and Sladky was the winner.
1958 and 1959 marked the first attempt at attracting contestants from outside Europe and a serious attack on the rules by various attempts to whip or shorten the lines.
Ugo Rossi - A Rising star starting to make his mark appeared (Vatanen photo)
1958 - Criterium. The Hungarians won.
Ray Gibbs' Nipper II Article and Plans.