For Comfortable Driving.
The Ashley ” Brooklands ” steeringwheel has become firmly established in favour among sporting motorists since its introduction, and is now fitted as standard on the following cars : Austin 12/6 sports tourer, Avon standard, Crossley 10, Torquay and sports, Frazer Nash, Hillman Aero Minx, Humber 12 sports, Lagonda 4-/ litre, Morris 10/4 and 10/6 sports, Railton Terraplane, Singer 9 and If litre sports, Triumph Southern Cross, Vale Special, Wolseley Hornet Special, Vauxhall Light Six ” I’endine.” Incidentally, a new rubber composition has been evolved for 1934, after research work in collaboration with Mr. Colin
Macbeth This new rim-covering is specially designed so that it will not become sticky in hot weather, and is definitely more pleasant to handle.
American driving conditions and methods. •
Mr. L. H. Pomeroy, chief engineer of the B.S.A.-Daimler-Lanchester group, had some interesting observations to make on his return from a recent business trip to the U.S.A. ” There is no present tendency for the Americans to build cars of the European type, i.e., light cars of up to 1,500 c.c. engine capacity. The roads in most parts
are like magnificent racing tracks, on which it is perfectly easy to average 60 m.p.h. all day. This naturally creates a demand for large-engined cars, which are not severely handicapped by taxation such as ours.”
Most American drivers scarcely know how to change gear downwards, Mr. Pomeroy pointed out. When they see a traffic block ahead they change from top to neutral, and when they move off they change down from top to second, for almost every hill can be taken in the relatively low top-gear.
” They have no fluid flywheel transmission such as our own,” continued Mr. Pomeroy, “and even the free-wheel, their main easy gear-change device, seems to be going out of favour.
Learning to drive.
The British School of Motoring inaugurated the first of a series of driving tuition centres at Birmingham last month. Other provincial cities will follow, thereby spreading the good work of common-sense tuition carried on by the ” B.S.1Vf.” in London for many years.
Most of our readers are probably aware of the fact that Messrs. C. C. Wakefield & Co., Ltd. —the ” Castro!” people—
produce every year a most interesting brochure dealing with varied outstanding achievements on land, air, and water during the season. The book contains some splendid photographs, with a brief description of each achievement. The 1933 edition should be in the possession of every motor racing enthusiast, and can be obtained post free, on mentioning MOTOR SPORT, from the Publicity L epartment, Messrs. C. C. Wakefield & Co., Ltd., Wakefield House, Cheapside, London, E.C.2.
The Instone Trophy.
The late Mr. B. M. Instone, who was a Vice-Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, left in his will a sum of money to be expended by the R.A.C. on a challenge trophy to perpetuate his memory. Mr. Instone had taken a deep interest in Brooklands Track since it was first constructed, and actually won a race there at the opening meeting. The Club decided therefore, that the trophy—which will be known as the Instone Trophy-should be awarded annually to the driver making the best performance in races at the Track during each year, and the first driver to win it is Mr. E. R. Hall. The Trophy will be suitably inscribed and will be held for one year, the winner receiving a commemoration medal as a permanent souvenir.