TOMOS THE WINNER

TOMOS THE WINNER

The glorious beginnings

Puch 250 SGSS

Already in 1956, Tomos set up a team of racers which participated in the international competition in Leningrad and won in the 125 cm3 and 250 cm3 classes the very first year. The competitors won with Puch 250 SGSS motorcycles in the Yugoslavian motorcycling races in the class up to 250 cm3 in 1962 and 1962, when Tomos was already focusing on the races featuring motorcycles under 50 cm3.

Development of lighter racing bikes

Tomos Colibri 

At the 1959 Portorož international motor race, Tomos initiated the introduction of a special category of motorcycles up to 50 cm3. The racing bike Colibri was the pioneer of road racing in this class and won the competition reaching the average speed of 93 km/h. The next year, Tomos moped won again in its class and competed successfully also in the class up to 125 cm3.

The first winner abroad ...

Colibri Special 

In 1960, the Tomos Team participated in an international motorcycling race abroad for the first time. The 50-cubic racing bike was tested at the Moto-Cup race in Hockenheim, organised specifically for the mopeds of this class. Only German racers were allowed to compete with European motorcycles. Among 32 competitors riding 5 different types of motorcycles the winner was Heinrich Rosenbuch on Tomos Colibri-Special, which was a great sensation.

... was not the last one.

The racer D5 

Less than a year later, the Hockenheim race was already part of the European Championship of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) and allowed racers from other countries to compete. Tomos won again, or to be more precise, Miro Zelnik riding the Tomos racing moped D-5.

 

Due to great interest in high-speed racing motorcycles of the category up to 50 cm3 at home and abroad, the first series of racing motorcycles type D-5 was produced in Tomos in 1962, which was further improved in 1964 and the following year, when major construction changes were made on the moped. In 1964, Tomos won the title of the national champion of the Netherlands, and the same Swedish title in 1965.

 

In the category up to 50 cm3 the Tomos racers won the Yugoslav national championship titles without interruption in the period from 1962 until 1974.

New rules, new racer

D6S 

The International Motorcycling Federation limited the minimum allowed weight of motorcycles in the 1969 season to 60 kg and the maximum number of gears to 6. Tomos adapted to these new requirements by developing a new racing motorcycle D-6-S. The Tomos Team competed with this new racer in the Yugoslav national championship already in 1968; one year later they also participated in the world championship races. The Italian racer Gilberto Parlotti won the Italian national championship in 1969 and 1970 with this bike. Tomos also won the title of national champion in road racing competitions in Sweden and Finland.

Developing a new winner

When the German Kreidler won the title of the national champion in 1975, after 13 victorious years for Tomos, the company started developing new road racing motorcycles. They were called the “Specials” and were improved and supplemented constantly until they finally made the model GP (grand prix) 75 (year) GP 77, GP 78 and GP 79, the latter reaching the top speed of 204 km/h at the tests carried out at the Grobnik airport; however, they were not allowed to use it at the official races, since the improvements were not in line with the applicable regulations.

 

European champion. The racer DM GP Tomos’ investments in research and development bore fruit in 1982, when the racer Zdravko Matulja won the title of the European Champion in the category up to 50 cm3 with the new motorcycle DM GP. In this period, the company has officially withdrawn from racing; however, it continued to support Zdravko Matulja financially and by providing equipment in the seasons 1982 and 1983. The latter was also the last season in which Tomos’ motorcycles of the category up to 50 cm3 competed in the world motorcycling championship races.