THE B. M. C. R. C. AUGUST MEETING.
Excellent Sport under Favourable
RROOKLANDS was very lucky with the weather
for the August Meeting of the British Motorcycle Racing Club. Heavy clouds skirted the track and rain fell in the vicinity, but only one little shower occurred during the racing. The star artist was Victor Horsman, on his record-breaking Triumph. He won two races, beat three records and materially improved his leading position in the contest for the Aggregate Prize, which is awarded for the best compilation of points at the end of the season. In the scratch race for L000 machines, Horsman finished fourth, behind three big twins, but he beat the Class D Record for 600 c.c. machines, over the flying five miles, registering a speed of 94.11 m.p.h. over that distance. He also beat the ten miles record (standing start) at 89.44 m.p.h.
In the 500 c.c. scratch race, Horsman brought out his 499 C.C. machine and won quite easily, but his best performance was in the last race of the day, a handicap for previous winners. In this, he rode the smaller of his two machines, and was given an allowance of x min, 15 secs. in a fourteen miles race. It was not until the last lap that Horsman got in front, and he was gamely chased by R. 0. Lowe, the brilliant amateur rider. At the finish the proverbial blanket covered the men who took the places, Temple having run into third place from scratch, but being just robbed of victory. Horsman had to beat another record to win, this time the flying five miles (Class C) falling to him at 92.82 m.p.h.
Temple had matters all his own way in the 14 miles scratch race for L000 c.c. machines, and averaged a mere fraction under ioo miles an hour for the full distance.
In the Passenger Handicap, D. R. O’Donovan turned. out for the first time for quite a long while, but he brought “the goods” with him, and won on his Norton sidecar by ten yards at over 63 miles an hour.
It was good to see C. M. Needham, on a BroughSuperior, win the t,000 c.c. handicap at over 83 miles an hour, for races are so aften won by men whose names continually figure on the programme, that it is refreshing to find a new name among the familiar ones. The results were :—
CLASS A. (250 C.C. SOLO). DISTANCE: THREE LAPS. I . W. D. Marchant (Zenith-Blackburne)
2. P. L. Hall (New Imperial M.A.G.).
3. C. R. Godwin (J.E.S. Blackburne).
Marchant made all the running and after getting away to a good start was never challenged, winning very easily at 67.39 m.p.h.
CLASS C. (500 C.C. SOLO) . DISTANCE: THREE LAPS.
. V. E. Horsman (Triumph).
2. A. G. Williams (Sunbeam).
3. P. M. Walters (Sunbeam).
Horsman was so very much faster than his competitors that the race became a mere procession. A rainstorm kept the speed lower than it would otherwise have been, and Horsman won easily at 78.79 m.p.h.
CLASS B. (350 c.c.). DISTANCE: THREE LAPS.
. 5. S. Worters (Toronda Blackbume).
2. R. A. Mallet (Zenith-J.A.P.).
Marchant was expected to win this race, but failed to finish, and only Worters and Mallet finished, the former being eighty yards in front on the line, to win at 79.05 m.p.h.
THE JACK LINTON CUP RACE FOR 1,000 C.C. SOLO MACHINES. (FIVE LAPS) .
I . C. P. Temple (Montgotnery-Anzani).
2. T. R. Allchin (Zenith-J.A.P.).
3. Capt. 0. M. Baldwin (Matchless-M.A.G.).
Temple took an early lead, retained it throughout and won at 99.61 miles an hour. There was never any doubt, bar stoppages, about the result. Horsman was the only competitor to use a 600 c.c. machine, and he did well to take his Triumph into fourth place with record speed.
CLASSES A. & B. (NoT EXCEEDING 350 C.C.) . THREE LAPS.
1. P. L. Hall (New Imperial M.A.G.) i min. 12 secs.
2. V. Baxter (Rex-Acme) … ••• … 27 secs. • 3. R. A. Mallet (Zenith-J.A.P.) 39 secs. Hall was probably as fast as any of the placed men and he made the most of his start, so that nobody ever had a chance of
catching him, and he won by a distance at 66.76 m.p.h.
CLASS C. (NOT EXCEEDING 500 c.c.). THREE LAPS.
I. R. M. N. Spring (Norton) … 30 secs.
2. P. M. Walters (Sunbeam) • • • 54 secs.
3. A. G. Williams (Sunbeam) ••• … 30 secs.
A fine race with Williams travelling well. Spring won by fifty yards from Walters at 83.84 m.p.h. (Continued on page 112.)
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CLASSES D & E (NOT EXCEEDING I,000 C.C.). THREE LAPS.
I. C. M. Needham (Brough-Superior) x min. 18 secs.
2. T. R. Allchin (Zenith-J.A.P.) … 15 secs.
3. H. J. Knight (Zenith J.A.P.) min. t8 secs.
Needham was the “dark horse” of the field, and he made the handicappers conspicuous with a run away win at 83.28 m.p.h.
PRIVATE OWNERS’ HANDICAP. THREE LAPS. I. R. 0. Lowe (Norton) … 27 secs. •
2. R. G. Maurice (Norton sidecar) … I min. 54 secs.
3. J. Newbourne (Norton sidecar) i min. 54 secs.
Maurice looked a winner until the last lap, when Lowe went to the front and won a fine race by about twenty yards, at 76.4 m.p.h.
PASSENGER MACHINES HANDICAP. FIVE LAPS.
1. D. R. O’Donovan (Norton) … 2 min. 5 secs.
2. A. Greenfield (Zenith J.A.P.) 6 min.
3. V. Baxter (Rex-Acme) 3 min. lc) secs.
O’Donovan went off at a great pace and it was soon evident that he could catch the limit man. This he did, though he did not get away from him, and at the finish there was only fifteen yards in it, the veteran averaging 63.5 m.p.h.
WINNERS’ HANDICAP PINTS LAPS.
I. V. E. Horsman (Triumph) / min. 15 secs.
2. R. 0. Lowe (Norton) … … I min. 45 secs.
3. C. F. Temple (Montgomery-Anzani) Scratch.
A very fine race, in which Horsman, after catching Lowe, could not drop him. Temple looked like catching the leaders and thereby depriving Horsman of success, but he was a couple of lengths behind Lowe at the finish, with Horsman, who had beaten the five miles record, only just ahead at 90.06 m.p.h. Temple averaged 103.54 m.p.h. and had one lap at 107.1 m.p.h.