The first British International race is being held at St. Heliers, Jersey, on May 8th. The organisers are the Jersey M.C. and L.C.C. and the J.C.C. The course embraces 1 1/2 miles of St. Helier promenade and measures 3.2 miles to a lap. The race is a scratch contest over 160 miles, under Formula rules, i.e., for supercharged cars up to 1 1/2 litres and unsupercharged cars up to 4 1/2 litres. There are no fuel restrictions. Lady drivers are barred.
The race will be mass-started at 3 p.m., and the practice periods are 5-7 p.m. on May 6th and 7th. Entries closed at single fees on March 31st, but late entries can be accepted up to April 14th. Prize Money and trophies total £1,000. The entrant of the winning car will receive the Jersey Trophy and £350; the entrant of the second car home, £200 and trophy; the entrant of the third car to finish, £100 and trophy, and entrant of fourth car home, £50 and trophy. British drivers who do not qualify for these prizes will get special awards — £100 and trophy for first British car or driver to finish, £50 and trophy for second to finish, £25 and trophy for third to finish — providing at least 40 laps (128 miles) are covered. This prize money — £875, of which only £700 will be awarded if British cars come in 1, 2, 3 and 4 — does not strike us as unduly generous compared, for example, with the £1,000 which the winner of the R.A.C. British Grands Prix of 1926 and 1927 was awarded — when money was worth far more than it is now. We might have expected the J.C.C. to raid its £2,700 Motor Race Fund to augment it. Possibly it will do so to provide entrants with generous starting money. As it is, these prizes and finance for the race have been raised in Jersey through the efforts of the Jersey M.c. and L.C.C., which is all to their credit.
Already everyone in this country seems to be booking accommodation in the Island, for the Jersey Road Race will attract immense crowds of spectators.